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Bloomingdale Moves Into Southern Regional Final
Posted Jul 28, 2008 by Nick Murray
Updated Jul 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM
Late-inning heroics are becoming commonplace for Bloomingdale Little League’s Major softball team.
On Monday night, it was Mackenzie Morrison’s turn. Morrison drove in Sammie Selden in the bottom of the sixth inning for the game-winning run as Bloomingdale advanced to the final of the Southern Regional tournament with a 1-0 win against Franklin (N.C.) Little League.
Photo by Mike Young
With one out, Savannah Bradley singled, and Selden reached on an error as Franklin first baseman Kendra Duvall waited too long on getting Bradley out at second, with Selden beating her to first. Brianna Roman, who had been the hero for Bloomingdale the last two nights, then grounded out to third base, where Bradley was forced out. But Franklin third baseman Amy Underwood’s attempt to throw out Roman for a double play went wide, allowing Selden to advance to third and Roman to second.
Morrison then hit a ball up the middle. Franklin short stop Hayley Overholt parried the ball, but her throw to first wasn’t in time, allowing Selden to score. Bloomingdale manager Jerry Schinella said that with the way his team has been playing, he was expecting them to come through.
“I have to say I just have this confidence that they’re going to come through,” Schinella said. “We seem to be hanging in the ballgames, and when we get to that part of the batting order that somebody’s just going to step up and drive in the winning run or give us something to push us over the top to get us that run.”
Bloomingdale wouldn’t have hung in this ballgame, however, if not for the pitching performance by Bree Schinella. Schinella threw a complete game one-hitter, walking one and striking out seven.
Photo by Mike Young
“She threw an excellent game,” Jerry Schinella said. “It was very close to a no-hitter on her part and she had very good command of her pitches, and threw a great game.”
Bree Schinella was also backed by a strong defensive effort, with both the infield and outfield making plays behind her.
“Jordan Shook at short stop played an excellent game,” Jerry Schinella said. “We had a couple of good catches in the outfield by Madison Taylor in center field and Rachel Farinas in left field.”
Now, Bloomingdale gets the chance to go one step further than its Major softball team did three years ago. Then, a team managed by Jeff Carter fell 2-1 to McLean (Va.) Little League in eight innings with a chance at the Little League World Series on the line. Schinella said he is confident his team can move on to Portland, Ore.
“I think whomever we have to play, we have the ability to win the championship,” Schinella said. “We’re very excited, and really looking forward to [Tuesday] night.”