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Lady Raiders one-hit MHS girls

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Lady Chargers softball season came to an end on May 31 when they suffered a 7-0 loss to Rappahannock in the Region A Division 1 tournament.

Rappahannock, the Northern Neck regular-season champion, finished second in the regional tournament to Essex.

The Lady Chargers were held in check by first team All Region-A Division 1 pitcher Carlie Clark. A single by Chelsi Blake in the top of the 7th inning with 2 outs broke up Clark’s no hitter.

Clark’s “rise ball” had the Lady Chargers swinging and missing, said Lady Charger coach Wade Traynham.

Some “great defensive plays” kept Middlesex in the game, said Traynham. One was a bases loaded double play on a ball hit back to pitcher Megan Payne who threw to catcher Chelsi Blake to force out a runner, and then Blake fired to Joey Stinchcomb at first base to end the inning and snuff out the threat.

Jessica Dixon “had her best defensive game of the year” in left field, said Traynham. Dixon threw out a runner trying to score from second base. She also knocked down a hard hit ball to left and relayed the ball to the infield to hold the runner at third.

The Lady Chargers finished 4-4 in the Tidewater District and 7-10 overall. Traynham noted that five of the losses were to district champions and regional representatives by close scores. The Lady Chargers were defeated by Rappahannock three times and Tidewater District champion King William twice.

“I’m hoping for a large participation in offseason softball programs to help us prepare for the 2013 season,” he said.

The Lady Chargers will lose five players to graduation—Megan Payne, Chelsi Blake, Joey Stinchcomb, Jessica Dixon and Heather Blankenship.

Making the first team All Region A, Division 1 were outfielder Heather Blankenship, and catcher-at-large Chelsi Blake. Both also were first team All-Tidewater District.

posted 06.06.2012

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