Tri-City 10-12s win District 6
RIDGELY — Tri-City is headed to Pocomoke City for the state tournament after nipping Talbot, 8-7, Friday evening, June 29, to claim the District 6 10-12 softball championship at Cow Barn Fields.
Maddie Nagel earned a complete-game win on the mound and Destiny Jackson and Bailie Dickinson each knocked in two runs to lead Tri-City, which scored five runs with two outs in the fourth inning.
Talbot led 6-3 after the top of the fourth, but TriCity countered with its game-winning rally starting with a pair of walks to Chayla Creighton and Maggie Hubbard. Nagel followed with an RBI single to left and Hubbard came home on an error. Alexis Hayward then reached base on an outfield error that allowed Nagel to score the tying run.
Brooke Outten extended the rally with a single and Gracie Hoffman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dickinson then unloaded on a high fastball, driving the ball to keep left-center to make it 8-6.
Two errors allowed Talbot to place two runners in scoring position with one out in the top of the fifth, but Nagel induced a fly out and struck out the next batter to leave them stranded.
Angel Bock generated Talbot’s final run in the sixth. She singled to open the inning, stole second base standing up with no defender covering, and raced all the way around the bases to make it 8-7. But Nagel retired the next three batters in order on a fly out and two grounders to third to end the game.
“I’ll tell you flat-out. They were blindsided last night,” Tri-City coach Larry Nagel said. “They came in with their heads hot and we got beat. They came back today and we played heads-up softball and the girls never quit. They were a little sloppy early, but they turned it on. They knew what they had to do and they did it.”
Talbot, which handed Tri-City its first loss of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday evening, opened the championship game with two runs in the first inning. Brooke Reilly doubled to leftcenter to begin the offense. She scored on an error after a grounder off the bat of Madi White. White later came home on a single up the middle by Dinah Lackey and an outfield error for a 2-0 lead.
Tri-City battled right back in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs for a 3-2 lead. Emma Robinson walked to open the at-bat and Cassidy Mowbray reached on an error. Bock, Talbot’s starter, and her defense got the next two outs, but Hayward then walked to load the bases and Robinson scampered home on a wild pitch. Outten also drew a walk to load the bases again and Jackson then grounded a two-run single up the middle to put Tri-City up 3-2.
After a scoreless second, White dropped a soft liner into left field to open the third. She advanced on a throw to first base and scored on Lackey’s line-drive single to left, tying the game at 3-3.
Talbot added three more runs in the fourth, benefitting from three Tri-City errors. Rebecca Wright reached base on an error and Bock and Reilly each singled in a run. Reilly scored the third run of the inning on an error after a grounder off the bat of White.
That lead, however, was shortlived, with Creighton beginning Tri-City’s winning rally after Talbot reliever Rebecca Wright had retired the first two batters in the home fourth.
Nagel allowed only one earned run, scattered seven hits, hit a batter and and walked none.
“She pitched beautiful ball,” TriCity manager Chuck Creighton said. “She threw strikes and let the players behind her do their job.”
Tri-City (District 6) will open its state tournament play at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Newtown Park Recreational Sports Complex located on Groton Road in Pocomoke City. Seven district champions will compete for a spot in the Eastern Regional Mid-Atlantic Tournament held in Bristol, Connecticut in late July.
Tri-City infielders and pitcher Maddie Nagel leap together in the circle prior to the start of their game Friday evening, June 29, against Talbot at the Cow Barn Fields in Ridgely.
Tri-City players with the District 6 championship banner Friday evening at the Cow Barn Fields in Ridgely. Team players are Emma Robinson, Cassidy Mowbray, Maggie Hubbard, Bailie Dickinson, Alexis Hayward, Brooke Outten, Destiny Jackson, Maddie Nagel, Averi Warfield, Chayla Crieighton, Gracie Hoffman, and Kiley Tyson. The team is managed by Chuck Creighton and coached by Larry Nagel and Jeff Robinson.