Error-free Kent posts Senior Day win against Crisfield

WORTON — The Trojans played their most complete softball game of the season here Thursday, and it was reflected on the scoreboard.

Backed by error-free defense, sophomore Michelle Menequin (eight strikeouts) spaced out three hits and issued only two walks in a tidy 4-1 victory over Crisfield.

She retired the last eight batters she faced, including three by strikeout and another on a ground ball to the mound.

This was the Trojans’ first win since their 28-5 blowout at Washington High School in the season opener a month ago.

“We commit too many errors,” coach Michelle Phillips said matter-of-factly about Kent County’s extended losing streak.

“Today, we didn’t commit any errors,” she said of the April 18 game. “We played good defense. The balls that Crisfield hit, we played.”

Other keys to the win were smart baserunning, a positive team vibe and, obviously, Menequin’s pitching.

“They’re getting it,” Phillips said of her young squad.

Prior to the first pitch, the Trojans honored their two seniors — center fielder Melissa Landon and shortstop Anna Bitter.

Bitter scored what held up to be the winning run.

Kent County pushed two runs across in the last of the second inning to give Menequin all the offensive support she would need.

Kate Cannon and Bitter drew back-to-back free passes to open the inning and, with one away, speedy freshman Talicia Wright put down a beautiful bunt to load the bases.

Cannon subsequently stole home during Asia Wilson’s at-bat to give KCHS a lead it would not surrender.

Wilson would go on to draw a walk to reload the bases for Heather Bilbrough.

Swinging from the left side of the plate, Bilbrough, batting at the bottom of the order, grounded out to the first baseman for the second out — but brought home Bitter for a 2-o lead.

Menequin wiggled out of her first jam in the top of the third with two strikeouts after a walk and a hit batter gave Crisfield two runners on with only one away. 

In the last of the third, with the top of its order coming to the plate, Kent County failed to cash in on cleanup batter Cannon’s two-out line drive single to left.

Crisfield ended the shutout in the fourth inning. Phoebe Wilson, batting in the No. 5 slot, tripled to the left field fence and scored one batter later on Dakota Brittingham’s infield single to make it 2-1.

Menequin averted any more run damage when she struck out the next batter on three pitches and then second baseman Madisyn Raleigh made a terrific catch near the outfield grass to end the inning.

Raleigh came up big again in the fifth with an inning-ending grab that foiled the Crabbers, who had runners on second and third with two away.

Menequin took it from there, retiring Crisfield in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

She had some help in the sixth when a textbook relay from left fielder Asia Wilson to shortstop Bitter to third baseman Wright caught Phoebe Wilson, who led off with a stand-up double to deep left but was unsuccessful in her attempt to leg out a triple.

Menequin struck out the last two batters she faced in the sixth, got the leadoff batter in the seventh on a first-pitch groundout to the mound, and fanned Chloe Pruitt (2-for-4) for the final out of the game.

The Trojans scored two insurance runs in the last of the fourth inning — Wright (one-out walk) and Asia Wilson (error) — without the benefit of a hit. 

They failed to capitalize in the last of the sixth after pinch hitter Laila Johnson reached on a two-base throwing error and stole third with one away.

What’s next: KCHS is home Tuesday, April 23 against Colonel Richardson and again April 30 against defending Class 1A state champion North Dorchester. Both games begin at 4 p.m.

Any related posts will be listed here:

Skip to content