Sophomore fire-baller no-hits Mustangs as top-ranked Bo Manor prevails, 2-0
by Gary Adornato
Hitting against Bo Manor sophomore ace Maddie Penta, VSN’s 2017 Softball Pitcher of the Year, is never an easy task. Factor in frigid sub-40 degree temperatures and a little freezing rain and the job becomes close to impossible.
No. 2 C. Milton Wright, one of the few teams to scratch out a win against Penta in 2017, traveled to Chesapeake City Monday afternoon, for an early season UCBAC Chesapeake Division softball showdown between a pair of reigning state champions. The Mustangs managed just four baserunners, one via a walk and three on defensive errors, but they did not claim a hit, or a run, against Penta, who struck 15 in leading Bo Manor to a 2-0 win.
Wright’s Katie Murphy matched Penta through three innings, but the Eagles broke through in the home half of the fourth with the only runs Penta would need. After a one-out walk to Melinda Morgan, Penta singled and senior catcher Megan Horsey followed with a two-run double to deep left-field.
“We usually score very late, so we knew at some point somebody had to break it open,” said Horsey. “Two girls got on base and I just timed the contact and ended up getting a good hit.”
That was practically it for the offense. Morgan drew a pair of walks to go with her base hit and the Eagles (6-0 overall, 3-0 UCBAC Chesapeake) also received singles from Carlee Ferguson, Anna Tideaback and Abby Heath.
C. Milton Wright’s best chance to break through came in the third inning when Meghan Reed reached on an error with two down and Emily Kim followed with a walk. Penta, however, got CMW’s Lauren Myers to ground out to first to end the threat. Murphy struck out nine and walked two in a strong effort for the Mustangs (3-1 overall, 1-1 UCBAC Chesapeake).
“Meg called a great game and we had great communication,” said Penta. “I used the rise ball a lot and my defense behind me played a great game. Meg blocked a lot of balls and my offense scored runs.”
First year C. Milton Wright coach Jim French talked about the difficulty his squad faced.
“The pitcher always has the advantage when you have weathers conditions like this,” said French. “The hitter is at a disadvantage, especially when you have someone throwing that hard, with that kind of stuff, its very difficult on the hitters.”
Bo Manor coach Russ Morgan agreed.
“The cold weather makes it hard for everybody to hit,” said Morgan. “Fortunately, we drew a walk and strung together a couple of hits and we were able to plate a couple of runs.”
Horsey also discussed the importance of getting the early win against C. Milton Wright.
“We usually go back and forth with them,” she said. “Last year we split with them. The year before we split with them. We always know it is going to be a good game. It is just a matter of who’s game it is that day. Today, we took control of it late, but better late than never.”
NO. 1 BO MANOR 2, NO. 2 C. MILTON WRIGHT 0
CMW 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
BMAN 000 200 x — 2 5 3
Murphy and Childress; Penta and Horsey