The task facing the Tri-City All-Stars in the District 4 Tournament (ages 9-10) couldn’t have been much tougher.
Tri-City faced perennial tournament favorites North Laurel and South London in the double-elimination tournament, falling 23-0 to North Laurel and 15-5 to South London in a pair of four-inning games.
“That didn’t help matters. We didn’t get a good draw, playing North right off the bat and then South,” said Tri-City coach Jeff Day. “They were throwing as hard as any pitcher we’ve seen, plus they were throwing 5 feet closer with a smaller ball than what we use in our league. We started hitting the ball the second time around, but it went right to them. I’m super proud of our girls’ effort and attitude. It was a good experience for them and will help them next year. It’s a great bunch of girls.”
Day said there were several adjustments his players had to make.
“Most of our girls don’t play the infield, because our league has girls 9-12 together,” Day said. “It was the first time for some of them in those positions, but I’m very proud of their effort. I think when they go down there when they are 11 and 12 they will do really well.”
Tonjannah Lee and Emily Day each had two singles to lead Tri-City against South London. Brenna Early and Jaylen Deal added one single each.
Deal pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and four walks. Deal also pitched a complete game against North Laurel.
“I was real proud of her. It was her first time pitching,” Day said.
Tri-City was held without a hit by North Laurel.