Blackmore Rowe softball wins league championship



Blackmore Rowe softball players showing off their medals after winning the league championship. Photo provided

Blackmore Rowe softball players showing off their medals after winning the league championship. Photo provided

FLUSHING — The Blackmore Rowe Insurance 10-12 girls softball team has capped off another successful season by winning its league championship.

Blackmore Rowe (9-2) defeated Flushing Vision Source, 3-0, in the championship game on July 8. Two nights earlier, they advanced to the title game by knocking off First Response Restoration Services, 8-4, in the semifinal playoff game.

In the championship game, Blackmore Rowe scored its first run on a bases loaded walk in the first inning. Maria Haj then drove in two runs with a blast to deep left center field, giving Blackmore Rowe an early 3-0 lead heading into the second inning.

Reese Youngston and Reese Lintz pitched lights out the entire game for BMR, getting through five full scoreless innings and allowing only one hit.

Flushing Vision Source had a chance to get on the board with runners on base midway through the game, but Blackmore Rowe’s 2B Kendyl Kruse snagged a line drive to get her team out of the jam and end the inning.

Blackmore Rowe loaded the bases again in the bottom of the fifth, but the game was called due to a time limit.

On its way to capturing the league championship, Blackmore Rowe combined for four complete shut out games in its 11-game season—with Youngston and Lintz allowing zero runs on the mound in the final five games. Blackmore Rowe also went without committing an error in two of its games.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the girls and all of their hard work and dedication this entire season,” said Blackmore Rowe head coach Drew Youngston. “You deserve it, ladies.”

Blackmore Rowe was coached by Youngston and his assistants Joe Oleyar and David Orr.