Chesapeake Storm wins 14U softball title; is ranked 10th nationally

The Chesapeake Storm 14U team that won the “C” Fastpitch East National Championship softball tournament consists of, from left: Kneeling — Hailey Adamson, Natalie Henry and Dinah Lackey. Standing — Abby Denes (tournament most valuable pitcher), Brooke Reilly, Kenly Brice, Abby Gunther, Carissa Taylor, Piper Patchett, Caroline Taylor and Sammi Richtol (tournament most valuable player). Not pictured are coaches David Henry, Derek Denes, Dyke Taylor and Paul Gunther.

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.

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