North all-stars show­case ver­sa­til­ity

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

SAL­IS­BURY — The North Bay­side se­nior soft­ball all­stars en­joyed a fun Mon­day af­ter­noon to­gether at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity with lots of smiles dur­ing a 7-2 vic­tory over the South.

Eas­ton’s Jada Mur­ray smacked a two-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning, and went 2 for 3 in her MVP per­for­mance. Her War­rior team­mate Kate­lynn Miles added a solo home run. North Caro­line’s Aubree Strange, and Colonel Richard­son team­mates Gabby Galante and Mor­gan Wil­loughby started in the game.

SAL­IS­BURY — The North Bay­side se­nior soft­ball all-stars en­joyed a fun Mon­day, June 19, to­gether at Sal­is­bury Univer­sity with lots of smiles dur­ing a 7-2 vic­tory over the South.

Eas­ton’s Jada Mur­ray smacked a two-run homer in the sec­ond in­ning, and went 2 for 3 in her MVP per­for­mance. Her War­rior team­mate Kate­lynn Miles added a solo home run.

Eas­ton ace Joy Ko­lakowski started in the cir­cle, pitch­ing two shutout in­nings. She also laced a sin­gle, stole a base and nearly threw out a run­ner at first while play­ing right field later in the game.

“These girls they love this game,” said North Caro­line head coach An­drea Ward who coach the North team with her as­sis­tant Jody Ward. “They are such great play­ers, and it was fun to see them per­form tonight at a high level.

“It was fun to watch these girls to­day be­cause they are so flex­i­ble,” she added. “We had pitch­ers play­ing in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions that they had never played. It is great to see them show­case their abil­i­ties in areas they don’t nor­mally play.”

The North loaded the bases in the first in­ning on sin­gles by North Caro­line’s Aubree Strange, Miles and then Eas­ton’s Anna Slaugh­en­houpt was hit by a pitch. Mardela’s ace Kalie Ad­kins got out of the in­ning by in­duc­ing a popup to sec­ond.

Ko­lakowski struck out the first bat­ter in the bot­tom of the first, then got a popup be­hind the plate with her catcher Slaugh­en­houpt mak­ing the catch along the pro­tec­tive net­ting. Af­ter con­sec­u­tive sin­gles, Ko­lakowski in­duced a popup to Colonel Richard­son’s Mor­gan Wil­loughby to end the in­ning.

Wil­loughby started the sec­ond with a sin­gle, and scored when Mur­ray blasted her home run to left for a 2-0 North lead. North Dorch­ester’s Brooke Mor­ton drew a walk, and con­sec­u­tive sin­gles by Mor­ton team­mate Mered­ith Bell and Strange loaded the bases.

St. Michaels’ Sa­man­tha Romberger de­liv­ered by rip­ping a two-run sin­gle by the mid­dle for a 4-0 lead. Eas­ton’s Cameron Fos­ter added to the lead by plat­ing Strange on a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter.

Af­ter a sec­ond score­less in­ning by Ko­lakowski, the North loaded the bases on three straight sin­gles by Wil­loughby, Mur­ray and Ko­lakowski with one out in the third.

Ad­kins, who pitched a gem in the state semi­fi­nals against the 1A state cham­pi­ons Bo Manor and fresh­man pitcher Madi­son Penta, got out of the in­ning with a popup and ground­out.

Mor­ton took over in the cir­cle for the North in the third in­ning with her long­time catcher Bell be­hind the

plate. She al­lowed one hit and struck out one in her two in­nings of work.

The North added to its lead in the fifth with a two-run in­ning. Miles started the in­ning by blast­ing a solo home run to left. Colonel Richard­son’s Gabby Galante sin­gled to cen­ter, and later scored on a wild pitch for a 7-0 lead.

North Caro­line’s Brea Bishop and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Katie Smith were un­able to play due to an in­jury, but coached first and third base dur­ing the in­ning.

Wil­loughby pitched the fifth in­ning for the North, strik­ing out four. A dropped third strike and throw­ing er­ror al­lowed the South to get on the board at 7-1.

Galante fin­ished the game at the mound for the North, pitch­ing the fi­nal two in­nings. She al­lowed a run and struck two in her out­ing.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Aubree Strange sin­gles to left in the Bay­side All Star Game Mon­day, June 12.

Colonel Richard­son’s Gabby Galante rips a sin­gle to cen­ter in the Bay­side All Star Game Mon­day, June 12.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Morgan Wil­loughby makes the catch at sec­ond in the Bay­side All Star Game Mon­day, June 12.

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