Southampton stuns top seed in Bay Rivers softball tourney

Published 10:39 am Monday, May 18, 2009

Southampton High School shocked top-seeded Poquoson 2-0 Saturday in the first round of the Bay Rivers District softball tournament.

The eighth-seeded Lady Indians advance to meet New Kent at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the tournament semifinals at York High School.

SHS, which improved to 7-14, scored single runs in the first and fourth innings against Poquoson ace Maggie Tyler, who took the pitching loss despite not surrendering a hit.

The Lady Indians’ Lyndsay Young was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, stole second, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error by the second baseman. Brandie Hunt beat the throw to first after the second baseman bobbled the ball.

In the fourth inning, Hunt walked, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch.

Sam Turner pitched the complete-game shutout for Southampton.

The Islanders’ only threat came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but Turner was able to get a strikeout and pop-out to end the threat.

The game ended on an exciting double play. After getting the leadoff hitter to pop out, Turner surrendered only the second hit of the game, a single up the middle. The next batter sent a hump-back liner to the second baseman, Janie Young, who relayed to first baseman Marisa Cabel, and the Indians doubled up the Islander base-runner, ending the game.

The Indians dog-piled Cabel in celebration of their tournament win and upset of the top-seeded Islanders.

It was believed to be Southampton’s first-ever win in the Bay Rivers District tournament.