The Chesapeake Chargers went 1-2 in the Amateur Softball AssociationUnder-16 Junior Olympic Nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, losing to the Stars of Illinois, 7-1, in Friday's finals.
"The pitching just wasn't there," Coach Larry Alvis said of the final defeat."Their pitcher was outstanding. She struck out 14, which is the mostwe've had against us in one game all year."
The Chargers, who earlier had captured the ASA Under-16 Mid-Atlantic Regional in Virginia, opened the tournament Thursday with a 7-4 upset of the Pacific Coast regional champion Blue Darters of Sacramento, Calif.
Rachel Synowski (Archbishop Spalding) allowed two earnedruns and seven hits. She struck out one and did not issue a walk.
Jaime Long (Chesapeake) went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Amy Povloski (Spalding) and Melissa Weed (Severna Park) both went 2-for-3. Weed, 14, the youngest player on the team, had two RBI.
The Chargers followed the win with a disappointing 5-2 loss to
the Magic of Indiana later that night. The game was scheduled for 7:20 p.m., butdidn't start until 9:30 p.m. Then, the teams endured a lengthy rain delay in the third inning.
Chesapeake was ahead, 2-0, in the fifth, but "couldn't sustain it," Alvis said. Three straight errors in thefifth led to the Chargers' downfall.
Long gave up five hits and two earned runs. Batting cleanup, she went 6-for-10 with three doublesin the tournament.
"If we could have gotten some people on base in front of her, we would have done much better," Alvis said.
Povloski was 4-for-9 overall, and Sarah Storrs (Old Mill) went 2-for-2 with two RBI as a pinch-hitter.
"We have role players and that was her role coming into the tournament. She performed it very well," Alvissaid of Storrs.
The Chesapeake coach is encouraged that all but three players will return next season. "Hopefully, we'll be able to reload," he said.
Alvis said tryouts will take place "in four to sixweeks."