SALISBURY — The Chesapeake Storm fastpitch softball team, based in Queen Anne’s County, competed in and won the USSSA 14U C Fastpitch Eastern National Championship Tournament. The games were played in Ocean City and Salisbury over five days in mid-July. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in Sterling, VA, but had to be moved due to the COVID-19 virus restrictions back in June.
The Storm, made up of players from Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Kent, Caroline and Anne Arundel counties, won seven of eight games to win the tournament. Some of the games were played in temperatures above 100 degrees on the field.
With the championship games played July 15-19, Chesapeake Storm won the championship going 7-1 over the five-day tournament. Storm won the championship in the “if” game, defeating Wildfire Fastpitch (West Chester, PA) 15-8.
Along the way, Storm defeated the No. 1 (Mason Dixon) and No. 2 (Wildfire) ranked teams in PA, as well as the No. 3 team (Crabtown Crushers) in Maryland. Currently, Chesapeake Storm is ranked No. 1 in MD/DE, and No. 10 nationally. Storm has four tournaments remaining to be played throughout central MD.
The Mason Dixon and Wildfire teams were ranked numbers 1 and 2 in Pennsylvania going into the tournament.
The Chesapeake Storm team players include: Hailey Adamson, Kenly Brice, Abby Denes, Abby Gunther, Natalie Henry, Dinah Lackey, Piper Patchett, Brooke Reilly, Sammi Richtol, Carissa Taylor and Carolyn Taylor and coaches David Henry, Derek Denes, Dyke Taylor and Paul Gunther.
The Storm’s Abby Denes was awarded Tournament MVP Pitcher and Storm’s Sammi Richtol, Tournament MVP.