North all-stars showcase versatility
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.
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.
Colonel Richardson’s Morgan Willoughby makes the catch at second in the Bayside All Star Game Monday, June 12.