2015 Varsity Record
10 - 6 - 0
May 20, 2015
May 23, 2015
vs Bishop Fenwick
11:00am at Endicott
By Nick Curcuru - Gloucester Times Sports Editor
Gloucester head coach John Nicastro could only tip his cap to the Danvers softball team after Wednesday's Northeastern Conference Small clash at Mattos Field.
Nicastro's Fishermen did not play poorly, they just could not stop the Falcon's offensive onslaught as the visitors had 16 hits, just about all of them hard hit balls, en route to a 16-4 win.
"When you get beat all you can do is give them credit," Nicastro said. "They crushed the ball today. I told the team before the game that when you beat a good team the first time around you are going to get their best the next time around and we got their best today."
Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli, whose team clinched a state tournament berth with the win, was quick to credit her team for avenging an early season loss to Gloucester and for driving in runners in scoring position, something that has hampered the team a bit this season.
"We have struggled at times driving in base runners so it was really good to see everyone in the lineup hit today," she said. "Gloucester is a well coached team and they beat us the last time out so I think the girls wanted to make a statement today and they did. It's also nice to get the monkey off of our backs and qualify for the state tournament."
Leadoff hitter Tori Costa set the tone for the Falcons right away lacing a triple down the left field line to open up the game. That was the start of a six run first inning outburst highlighted by a Hannah Llewellyn RBI single, a Maddie Mucci RBI single, a Daria Papamechail RBI single and a Brittany Dougal three-RBI triple to give Danvers a 6-0 lead before Gloucester even came up to bat.
In the third inning Danvers (10-6) added to that lead as Dougal drove in two more runs with a two run homer to deep centerfield giving her five RBI in the first three innings. Caitlin McBride, who finished the day 5-for-5 with five RBI, had a RBI single in the inning while Mucci had a two RBI triple and Krista Kennedy a RBI single to extend the Falcons lead to 12-0 through two and a half innings.
Gloucester (6-8) answered back with three runs in the third on a Sara Francis solo home run to the left centerfield gap and a Karina Keenan two RBI double, but the Falcons still had a comfortable 12-3 lead through three innings.
"We had some good at-bats and some hard hit balls," Nicastro said. "But when Danvers is hitting the way they hit today there wasn't much we could do."
Gloucester cut the lead to 12-4 in the sixth on a Meagan Manning RBI single but McBride ended things in the sixth with a mercy rule inducing grand slam to the right centerfield gap to send the Falcons off with the 16-4 win.
"Caitlin McBride had a huge day," Petrocelli said. "But we hit up and down the lineup, it was great to see. We needed a game like this."
All nine Falcons starters had at least one hit and one run scored on the day. In addition to McBride's five hit game, Hannah Llewellyn had two hits and three runs, Mucci had two hits, two runs and three RBI, and Dougal had a pair of hits.
Manning led the Gloucester offense with two hits while Francis, Tess Benson and Taylor Abbott each had a hit and scored a run.
With six games to go, Gloucester now needs to win four to qualify for the postseason.
Danvers 16 Gloucester 4
at Mattos Field, Gloucester
Danvers 606 004| 16
Gloucester 003 10x| 4
D: Costa, CF, 5-3-1; H. Llewellyn, 3B, 4-3-2; McBride, C, 5-2-5; Mucci, RF/P; 5-2-2; Kennedy, DH, 3-1-1; Prentiss, 1B, 4-2-1; Papamechail, P/RF, 3-1-1; Dougal, SS, 4-1-2; M. Llewellyn, LF, 3-1-1. Totals, 36-16-16.
G: Francis, 2B, 3-1-1; Manning, SS, 3-1-2; Benson, C, 3-1-1; Allen, SS, 3-0-0; Good, DH, 3-0-1; Keenan, P, 1-0-1; Hoofnagle, P, 1-0-0; Cominelli, CF, 2-0-0; Frontiero, RF, 1-0-0; Oliver, RF, 1-0-0; Lok-Price, 1B, 1-0-0; Abbott, 1B, 1-1-1. Totals, 23-4-7.
RBI: D, McBride 5, Dougal 5, Mucci 3, H. Llewellyn, Kennedy, Papamechail; G, Keenan 2, Francis, Manning.
WP, Papamechail; LP, Keenan.
Records: D, 10-6; G, 6-8.
Senior Day is Friday May 29th against Saugus!