From Staff Reports
GLEN BURNIE — Allegany’s first game in the Maryland high school softball state tournament in more than a decade was one that won’t be forgotten too quickly.
The Campers made short work of previously undefeated Dunbar, winning by a football-style score of 27-0 in only five innings in a Class 1A semifinal Tuesday afternoon at Bachman Park.
The Campers (22-2) will play Perryville (14-7) for the state championship on Saturday, at 1 p.m., at the University of Maryland, according to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association website.
Perryville defeated Kent County in Tuesday’s other semifinal, 4-0.
“There’s not much to say about this one,’’ said Allegany coach Rick Twigg, who was substituting for starters in the second inning against the Poets. “We reminded our kids before the game that we had to be disciplined at the plate, and had to keep our hands back.
“The girls did a good job of that. We were disciplined and got some good hits to score some runs.”
The Campers scored eight times in the first inning, and a 13-run second inning made it 21-0. The 10-run rule does not come into effect until the fifth inning.
Bailey Ellsworth singled, Stephanie Dawson walked and Hilary Lyons ripped a three-run homer to get the Campers off and running in the eight-run first inning. After four consecutive walks, Taryn Rosenberger smacked a bases-loaded triple.
That was more than enough offense for Allegany, which has allowed only three runs in its last four games. Hayley Stankan, who pitched the first two innings, and Audrey Eisentrout teamed for a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Stankan fanned six in her two innings.
Allegany had 11 hits and received 13 bases on balls.
Beth Szymanski hit two double and drove in three runs, and Eisentrout and Rosenberger had a triple and three RBIs each. Stankan added two singles and three RBIs and Ellsworth a single and an RBI for the Campers.
M. Kent hit a third-inning single for Dunbar’s only hit. The Poets, who won the South Region, finished the year 17-1.
The Campers know Saturday’s championship game will be a much tougher test.
“I see Perryville as a team comparable to Fort Hill or Mountain Ridge,’’ he said. “They play good defense and have good pitching. We’ll have to come prepared.”
Tuesday’s state tournament game was the first for Allegany since 1999 when the Campers won the state championship.