District III locks out Southeast, 3-0

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark :  Left, District III’s Alexis Hudson squeaks past Southeast’s Kerry McLaughlin at third base. Below, two Southeast players high five.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Left, District III’s Alexis Hudson squeaks past Southeast’s Kerry McLaughlin at third base. Below, two Southeast players high five.Despite keeping Southeast off the scoreboard, host team Delaware District III didn’t rest easy until the game ended on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

For the first three innings, things were fairly well-matched between the Laurel, Del., and Ft Myers/Cape Coral, Fla., teams. While D3’s Hailey Andrews would lead with 12 strikeouts, SE’s Kasey Mayer kept up with nine.

Southeast started with a mission, twice going full count in the first inning, and their centerfield kept busy, with at least four clean catches, including an early dive.

But it was D3 who would turn the game, starting in the fourth. Andrews riled the crowd, swinging for the trees and running home with an RBI in tow.

With only one out, Delaware had time to do more, but Southeast crushed that with a no-swing strikeout and ground-out.

On a roll, District III followed with three strikeouts, but Southeast echoed that.

In the sixth, the host team shut down scoring when Alexis Hudson scrambled home from third on Morgan Smith’s swing.

“We always say, ‘Never be satisfied,’” Hudson noted. “We got some base hits, but we’re glad we got that third one, because in softball, you never know.”

Hudson was running around all morning as D3 centerfielder.

“I’m used to it,” she said, having played Little League since age 5, so it’s no surprise she calls her team a family. They also played in the Senior League Softball World Series in 2011.

“It’s bittersweet for me, because it’s my last year,” Hudson said.

“‘Girls — you have to win,’” she quoted her coach afterward. “You have to, and we will.”