Lower Sussex junior girls gone in two

The Lower Sussex Junior League Softball All-Star team made three errors. Four balls got past the catcher and five Nanticoke All-Stars reached base on walks.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT: Janel Cubbage prepares to pitch.Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT
Janel Cubbage prepares to pitch.
Nanticoke scored eight runs in that ugly first inning for Lower Sussex and things just continued to get worse. Nanticoke scored 15 more runs in the game, beating Lower Sussex 23-2 in five innings and knocking the hometown team out of the junior league All-Star tournament after only two games.

“Our defense killed us,” said Anthony Rogers, Lower Sussex’s coach. “It killed us in the last game too.”

After committing three errors in the first inning, Lower Sussex made two more in the Nanticoke’s 10-run third that put the team down 21-0. Lower Sussex scored its two runs with two outs in the fifth on an error. Paige Rogers and Kelly Brennan — who reached base on walks in the fifth — scored when a Chelsea Rogers ground ball went through the legs of Nanticoke’s shortstop.

Nanticoke pitching allowed just six base-runners in the previous four innings, giving up only one hit — a one-out single by Jillian Harkness in the third.

Stephanie Cardillo — who pitched the first three innings for Nanticoke — and Amanda Shockley also combined to strike out six Lower Sussex batters on the way to the win.

“They had a good pitcher,” Anthony Rogers said, specifically referring to Cardillo. “We’re not used to that fast pitching. She was tough.”

Cassie Rogers — who pitched all five innings for Lower Sussex — struck out two, gave up eight hits and walked 12 in the losing effort.

“I don’t think she did too bad a job,” Anthony Rogers aid. “The defense wasn’t behind her. They hit the ball hard but we could have caught a lot of them.”

Shannon Wright scored Nanticoke’s first run after reaching on an error and a pair of pitches got past Lower Sussex’s catcher. Katie Wesselhoff, who was walked after Wright reached on the error, scored when Jen Carr singled into left field for the first hit of the game.

Becky Skipper’s into center field scored two more runs before she scored on a passed ball and Wright was walked in for her second run in the first inning. After picking up three more runs in the second, Nanticoke scored 10 in the third, leaving little doubt the game would end early.

Morgan Culver’s double scored Carr for the first run of the inning. Carr’s walk to open the inning would be the first of four walks in Nanticoke’s half of the third. Every Nanticoke batter to walk in the second scored along with six others. Carr singled later in the inning, as did Gina Haldeman. Nanticoke scored two more on a Cardillo double to left field in the fifth after Carr doubled down the left field line and Culver walked.