C.M. Wright gets upset in UCBAC final

Harford Tech 3 C. Milton Wright 2

Softball

May 11, 2006|By MARY BETH KOZAK | MARY BETH KOZAK,SUN REPORTER

The third-ranked C. Milton Wright softball team entered the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game yesterday as winner of the Chesapeake Division and a heavy favorite for the second consecutive year.

And for the second straight year, the Mustangs came up empty.

Kaela Mason's two-run triple in the bottom of the third inning gave Susquehanna Division winner Harford Tech (14-4) a 3-2 victory for its first conference title.

"It felt awesome," said Mason, who was 3-for-3. "I knew we had a chance to win and the one thing I bring to this team is my hitting, and that's what I did today."

Mason's hit and the Cobras' defense proved to be the difference. The outfield, led by center fielder Melissa Mendoza, made several stellar catches to halt the potent Mustangs (19-2), who came into the game batting .387 as a team.

"Their outfield had a lot of key catches that were heartbreaking for us," said C. Milton Wright third baseman Kaitlyn Neal.

Harford Tech's Ashley Hamilton started and pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Katie Irwin entered in the third inning and held the Mustangs scoreless, retiring 15 of the 18 batters she faced for the win.

Chelsea Funk took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Neal went 2-for-3 with two doubles to lead C. Milton Wright, which must turn its focus to the state playoffs that begin next week.

"I hoped it wouldn't happen again, but it did," Neal said of losing in the title game. "It was good luck for us last year, losing this game, because we went all the way to the state final."

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