SALISBURY — The Chesapeake Storm, whose roster consists of players from Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Anne Arundel counties, won the 14U “C” East National Championship softball tournament earlier this month. The Storm pieced together a 7-1 record over the five-day tournament, which was held July 15-19 at venues in Salisbury and Ocean City.
Abby Denes (4-0, 2.44 ERA) was the tournament’s most valuable pitcher. She struck out nine batters in 14⅓ 1/3 innings. Opponents batted .222.
Catcher and third baseman Sammi Richtol was the tournament’s overall MVP. She batted .500 (8-for-16, two doubles) and drove in eight runs. In five games as catcher, she threw out five base runners.
The Storm defeated Wildfire Fastpitch of West Chester, Pa., 15-7, in the “if” game to clinch the tournament title.
In the winners bracket final, Chesapeake Storm edged Wildfire, 4-3. Wildfire staved off elimination by winning the rematch, 14-2, to set up the “if” game.
Wildfire is ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania.
Chesapeake Storm also defeated Mason Dixon, the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania, 8-5, and Crabtown Crushers, the No. 3 team in Maryland, twice.
Chesapeake Storm is the top-ranked 14U team in Maryland and Delaware, and 10th nationally, according to a news release.