1A Softball

Junior pitcher Maddie Penta, pictured, threw back-to-back no-hitters on Wednesday and Thursday to power Bohemia Manor into the 1A East Region Championship game.

CHESAPEAKE CITY — If there was any rust from an unscheduled nine-day layoff, the Bohemia Manor softball team didn’t seem to be too affected by it.

Eleven different players reached base and combined with a no-hitter by Maddie Penta as Bo Manor blanked county rival Perryville 10-0 over five innings during Wednesday afternoon’s 1A East Region Section I semifinal.

Penta, a junior, then threw another no-hitter on Thursday, with 14 strikeouts, as the Eagles defeated Patterson Mill 1-0 in the section final to return to the region championship game for a third-straight year.

Against the Huskies, Lexi Bolton (two hits, including a double) scored the winning run in the sixth inning on a double by Morgan Koehler.

Their effort sets up a home game Friday against Cambridge-South Dorchester, where a trip to the state semifinals will be on the line.

“By not having a game for nine days, we were able to have seven really good practices,” Eagles head coach Ed Abshagen said Wednesday when asked about the consistent rain that plagued the MPSSAA postseason this week.

After an opening bye, Bo Manor’s playoff run began Wednesday against the arch-rival Panthers.

Penta struck out the side after allowing a lead-off walk and two stolen bases by Mikayla Bryant. She then dropped a two-run single into right field that scored Morgan Mullin and Reagan Goldsmith to give the Eagles the lead.

The big blow came four batters later when outfielder Morgan Koehler added another two-run single to give Bo Manor a 4-0 advantage after one inning.

“I was just waiting for one good pitch. I got it and let it rip,” Koehler said. “I love this team and couldn’t do it without them cheering me on in the dugout.”

Carlee Ferguson, Morgan Mullin and Alexa Hopper also drove in runs for Bo Manor, which took advantage of three Perryville errors to account for their 10 runs on nine hits.

Penta took it from there, striking out 11 Panthers and allowing four walks. A couple of fly balls left the infield, but that was it.

Penta has now run her career playoff record to 12-0, a mark that includes three postseason victories over the Panthers (8-11).

“I love pitching more than anything in the world, to be honest,” Penta said. “My teammates made some really good plays behind me today. I wouldn’t have been able to get out of this game and save my arm for [Thursday] without them scoring the runs they did.”

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