Autism Pride is 2-time softball champion

Standing from left are coach Sierra Alleger, coach Scott Alleger, Faith Riley-Caulk, Jillian Thomas, Mary Becraft, Ashlynn Kunes, Maddie Jordan, Lexi Langenfelder, Mackenzie Adams and coach Newkie Connolley. Kneeling from left are Kaylee Verley, Eliza Rendulic, Caroline Milligan, Breanna Cannan, Donna Long and Lexi Sullivan. In the front are Matalyn Cesarini and Brianna Pierce.

COLUMBIA — Autism Pride Eastern Shore’s 18U softball team has won back-to-back tournaments to open the travel season.

Scott Alleger, Francis “Newkie” Connolley and Sierra Alleger are the coaches of Autism Pride, whose roster is comprised mostly of players from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

The locals went 3-0 in the Crabtown Crackdown, which included a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the River City Rippers in the second game. Matalyn Cesarini had the walk-off single.

Autism Pride also defeated the Rippers in the championship game, 6-4. Maddie Jordan was the winning pitcher.

The locals opened with a 13-1 drubbing of the Chevy Chase Cheetahs. Lexi Sullivan’s bases-loaded triple gave Brianna Pierce all the run support she needed.

Bre Cannan was the winning pitcher in the 7-6 shading of the River City Rippers. Autism Pride rallied from a 4-0 deficit.

Autism Pride also took the team title at the Black-Eyed Susan Tournament. The locals did not lose a game.

Autism Pride edged the Southern Maryland Panthers, 5-3, and the Berkshire Elite, 4-3, in the preliminary games. They advanced out of the bracket with victories over the River City Rippers, 6-5, and Shore Explosion, 7-1.

In the championship game, Autism Pride defeated the Hickory Lady Hornets, 4-1.

The complete roster is listed here: Faith Riley-Caulk, Jillian Thomas, Mary Becraft, Ashlynn Kunes, Maddie Jordan, Lexi Langenfelder, Mackenzie Adams, Kaylee Verley, Eliza Rendulic, Caroline Milligan, Breanna Cannan, Donna Long, Lexi Sullivan, Matalyn Cesarini and Brianna Pierce.

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