Tri-City 10-12s win Dis­trict 6

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­[email protected]­dem.com

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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