2015 Varsity Record
4 - 1 - 0
April 24, 2015
St. Mary's 6
April 27, 2015
4:00pm at Danvers
Danvers softball knocks off previously unbeaten St. Mary's
By Gianna Addario Staff Writer
The name of the game for the Danvers High softball team is to get outs.
The Falcons are making it simple for themselves and breaking the game down to 21 defensive outs. Hits help and so do runs, but their goal is to settle down and play solid defense.
The game plan seems to be paying off after they took down previously undefeated St. Mary’s 3-0, Friday, to win their third straight.
“I think we’re a work in progress. We know that 21 outs will win us games,” said Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “We try not to make things complicated. It’s about the outs and scoring more runs than the other team. And anytime you can beat St. Mary’s, too. This is a pretty big win for us.”
Since falling to Marblehead last Wednesday, the Falcons have made enormous strides in the right direction. They’ve picked up their defensive play, their bats have been red hot and they’re looking to ride the win streak for as long as possible.
The Falcons’ (4-1) front of the order is stacked with hitters, especially captains Caitlin McBride (catcher) and Madison Mucci (pitcher), who lead the team in RBI.
Danvers got things going in the bottom of the first. Senior center fielder Tori Costa drew a walk, was moved to second on a bunt attempt by junior captain Hannah Llewellyn. McBride then cranked a double into the left field corner to drive Costa home from second and give Danvers a 1-0 lead, which proved to be the game-winning run.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore Krista Kennedy knocked in McBride and Mucci on a hard hit double to left field.
Kennedy had struck out twice in her previous at bats, but didn’t get rattled and helped her team mount a larger lead.
“We talked about the strike zone a lot and made sure we were swinging at good pitches,” added Petrocelli. “Krista had that huge two-run double. She struggled at first, but it’s about getting better and that’s what she did.”
Mucci, who picked up her fourth win of the season as well, got herself out of a jam early in the game. With the bases loaded, Mucci was able to retire two batters in a row end the top of the first and keep the game scoreless.
“Not much gets to her,” Petrocelli said of Mucci. “She’s went out there as a leader and really dictated this win. Some pitchers can get a little flustered, but she doesn’t. If she can stay calm, then everyone else is going to be calm around her. She’s got a lot of faith in Caitlin and Caitlin keeps her calm. They work so well together.”
Mucci gave up five hits, one walk and struck out two batters. She gave up hits in the first two innings, but had a couple of 1-2-3 innings.
The Spartans’ starting pitcher, Mia Nowicki, had 10 strikeouts in the loss and only surrendered four hits.
Danvers’ timely hitting proved to be the difference. Costa reached base twice, including a single. The Falcons scored their base runners when they needed to and took advantage of some errors made by St. Mary’s.
“We’ve got more game experience, and we have great leadership,” Petrocelli noted of her team’s season thus far. “I think it’s a lot of everybody doing their own job and not worrying about what someone else's job is. We have some fantastic athletes on this team, so it’s about just playing the game.”