Havre de Grace Little League Junior Softball All-Stars reach area semifinal – Baltimore Sun

The Havre de Grace Little League junior softball stars made a bit of history Monday in Orange, Connecticut.

The team knocked out a team from Marblehead, Massachusetts, 5-1, in an Eastern Region tournament quarterfinal, advancing Havre de Grace to a semifinal on Tuesday, a first for any team of Havre de Grace Little League softball stars.

Havre de Grace was scheduled to face Milford, Connecticut, the tournament host in the semifinals. A best-of-three championship series, also scheduled to begin on Tuesday, awaits the winner of the semi-final.

“I’m so happy for these kids and so happy with the way they played. No Havre de Grâce softball team has ever gone this far. They keep holding on and holding on,” said crew chief Ted Hendricks. “Lilly Dalton was amazing. She got stronger and stronger every game and she throws so well.

Dalton was snappy in Monday’s win, stopping Marblehead’s batters on three hits and just one run over seven innings. Dalton struck out 10.

The offense produced a single run in the first inning, then two each in the fifth and sixth innings.

Bayleigh Carstetter (2 for 3) led the way with two triples and three RBIs. Lyric Strong was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Dalton helped his own cause with a 2-for-4 performance.

Brielle Croxsell, Rylee Grode and Nevaeh Cuffley each added a hit.

“It’s a special group of kids. It’s a special group of kids because it’s a special group of parents and they’ve been with us from the start,” Hendricks said. “Our fans outnumber the opposition 10-1. Even before we came to this tournament, the support was amazing.

Havre de Grace went 2-2 in the Mid-Atlantic bracket, posting wins over New Jersey and Delaware but losing to teams from New York and Pennsylvania.

Pool play ended on Sunday with Havre de Grace beating MOT Little League.

Dalton was dominant in the circle again, giving up four hits and a run in seven innings, while stoking 11.

Sarah Weitzel led a 12-hit offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Strong (2B) and Dayley Veres (2B, RBI) both went 2 for 4.

Carstetter, Dalton (2G, RBI), Croxsell, Cuffley and Mariana Villafane each added a hit.

Havre de Grace was edged out to the West Suburban Little League on Saturday after tying up too many runners on base. Pennsylvania scored single runs in the first and second innings.

Havre de Grace had bases loaded in fourth without runs and again in sixth, after scoring their only run.

Strong, Croxsell and Grode had hits with Croxsell reaping the RBI.

Dalton pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. Dalton retired nine.

Havre de Grace’s first win came Friday against Little League Elmora.

Dalton (2 for 4) had a pair of doubles, making three runs, while Veres, Strong, Croxsell and Weitzel added a hit each.

Dalton took the win, allowing six hits, five walks and three runs over seven innings. She withdrew seven.

Havre de Grace opened play Thursday with the loss to Oceanside Little League.

Dalton and Strong both saw action in the circle. Dalton started and worked 3.1 innings. Dalton allowed three hits, three walks and three runs (one earned). She also hit two batters and struck out eight.

Strong pitched 2.2 innings, allowing two hits, two walks and three runs (one earned), while striking out one.

Dalton (3 for 4) led the offense with a brace and RBI, while Strong added a double and RBI.

Carstetter (3B), Veres and Weitzel also had hits.

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