SHS softball falls after Saturday upset

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GRAFTON—The Southampton High School softball team had perhaps its biggest win in school history on Saturday in the Bay Rivers District tournament, but fell short in Tuesday’s second round, dropping an 8-0 decision to New Kent at York High School.

The Lady Indians, the number eight seed in the tournament, reached the second round by upsetting top-seeded Poquoson 2-0 on Saturday.

New Kent, the fourth seed in the tournament, plated five runs in the fourth inning to seal the win.

“They hit Sam Turner (Southampton pitcher) very well. There were no bloop singles, no seeing eye singles,” said Will Melbye, a coach at Southampton High School. “They earned all their runs, so they deserved to move on today.”

The Lady Indians season ended at 7-15, but the team improved quite a bit over the last few campaigns.

“From what I understand that is the win total from the last two or three years combined. They have moved forward this year compared to the last few years,” Melbye said. “The girls have made huge strides.”

On Saturday, the Lady Indians won their first-ever Bay Rivers District tournament game in the last year the team will play in that conference. Southampton will move to the Southside District this fall. SHS 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.