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Updated: May 16, 2024 @ 4:50 pm
Allegany’s Riley Gallagher rounds first as she watches the play during the Campers’ West Region I 8-0 championship victory over Northern Wednesday at LaVale Lions Field. Gallagher led Allegany with two hits and two RBIs.
Allegany pitcher Abi Britton holds a sign commemorating her 100th career hit on Wednesday after the Campers won the West Region I final 8-0 over Northern. Britton clinched the milestone in the third inning with an RBI single to left for the game’s opening run.

Allegany’s Riley Gallagher rounds first as she watches the play during the Campers’ West Region I 8-0 championship victory over Northern Wednesday at LaVale Lions Field. Gallagher led Allegany with two hits and two RBIs.
Allegany pitcher Abi Britton holds a sign commemorating her 100th career hit on Wednesday after the Campers won the West Region I final 8-0 over Northern. Britton clinched the milestone in the third inning with an RBI single to left for the game’s opening run.
LAVALE — Northern entered the West Region I Final as a heavy underdog, having never advanced further than the regionals.
Despite all indications leaning toward a five-inning, double digit loss, the Huskies put up a valiant effort.
However, Allegany doesn’t just have the area’s top pitcher, but arguably the state as well in Abi Britton, and that was the difference in the Campers’ 8-0 victory.
“It wasn’t our best game, but we fought,” Allegany head coach Dave Winner said. “Still region champs, that’s the most important thing. We’re down to the final eight teams, so I’m happy.”
The Campers (19-0) have won the region five consecutive seasons, but it didn’t come easy on Wednesday at LaVale Lions Field.
“I thought that my girls came out and played a very good game,” Northern head coach Kati Cosgrove said. “The score doesn’t reflect that, but they fought so hard. We faced the toughest pitcher in the area and we had hits against her, we had contact against her.”
In the two regular season meetings, the Huskies (12-8) lost 10-0 and 21-0, allowing 31 combined hits.
Northern starter Bailey Champlin limited the damage early, holding Allegany without a hit in the first two innings.
Champlin threw 151 pitches and allowed eight hits and four walks through six innings.
“Bailey’s amazing, she fought hard,” Cosgrove said. “She gave everything she had today. I think that the score doesn’t show how well Bailey pitched.”
She allowed five earned runs and struck out five.
The Huskies also made early contact against Britton, recording two hits in the first two frames.
Demi Ross hit a line drive single to right in the first inning, then Madysen Gilpen led off the second with a base hit to right.
“They’re figuring out that I throw a lot of strikes,” Britton said of Northern’s early hits. “They’re just swinging at pitches because they expect a strike coming, so I had to adjust my game so they didn’t know what was coming.”
Britton settled in and retired the next 15 batters in order.
She finished punching out 17 batters with two hits allowed across seven innings.
“My dad and I talk about pitch calling in the dugout and what we’re trying to work in the next inning.” Britton said of what changed in the middle innings. “I realized I had to change our normal game plan, so communication just helped me set in.”
Scoreless after two innings, Britton gave the Campers a 1-0 lead on a ground ball past third into left for an RBI single.
The hit was number 100 of her career, finishing the day with one hit, two RBIs and a walk.
“I feel like I worked really hard toward my hitting,” Britton said. “It means a lot because I’ve got such a supportive team always cheering me on at the plate. I’m just proud of myself because I accomplished that huge goal in three years.”
Alco took control in the fourth inning with three runs.
After fouling off five pitches, Tyiss Jessie hit a grounder past second for an RBI single.
With two on, Riley Gallagher sent the first pitch to right center for an RBI double.
Britton hit a bullet to second base that deflected off the fielder’s glove to score another run.
The Campers struck for four in the sixth, two coming off a Desirae Hilton RBI single and another RBI double from Gallagher.
Of Allegany’s eight hits, four came from the bottom of the order.
Hilton had two hits, an RBI and two stolen bases while Jessie and Maylee Blank each had one.
“That was big, that was awesome,” Winner said of the bottom of the order. “They stepped up and got some runs in for us.”
Gallagher led the Campers with two hits and two RBIs.
Allegany advances to the state quarterfinals on Friday.
The Campers won’t know their opponent until Thursday, but are guaranteed at least a top three seed and a home game.
After winning the state title in 2022, Allegany was upset by Catoctin 1-0 in the state quarterfinals last year.
“I feel it’s almost like a revenge, we all want it so bad,” Britton said. “A lot of us got to experience winning our sophomore year, it’s a feeling I can’t even describe. I think we all just want to do it again. Our team is really close to each other, so we really wanna go out on top. We don’t wanna dwell on the sadness, we wanna come out happy.”
Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.

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