(Georgetown) Pentucket (4-3) erupted for five runs in the sixth inning and defeated Georgetown, 6-1, in a CAL league game on Friday afternoon.
The pitching of Pentucket’s Julianne Meehan and Georgetown’s Sarah Erlandson was impressive. About the only swatting was of the ever-friendly gnat population by everyone in attendance.
Julianne had eleven strikeouts while Sarah collected fifteen. Each pitcher allowed only four hits.
The difference between them was walks. Julianne gave up just one (in the first inning) while Sarah gave eight free passes.
A deadly combination of walks (4) and wild pitches (3) along with an error and two hits did in the Royals in the sixth inning. Sydney Snow and Colleen Jenkins were home on wild pitches before Sarah Dickinson’s single to left brought in two more. Sarah would score the fifth run on an error by Kassi Barba at third.
The tough part for the Royals was that all this happened with two outs.
Georgetown (2-2) had trouble mounting any sort of attack against the Sachems because of Julianne’s pitching plus some extraordinary defense.
The Sachem centerfielder set the tone in the first inning by running in and snagging a low line drive by Taylor Nelson. If that ball gets by her, with two outs, the runner on base and possibly Taylor herself may have scored.
Later it was shortstop Sarah Dickinson’s chance to impress. She ended the fifth with a diving stop to her left of Amy Cronin’s base-hit-in-the-making and got up and made the play to first. She ended the 6th inning by again going left and taking a hit away from line-drive hitting Shannon O’Brien with a runner on.
Julianne closed things out in the seventh by fanning the side.
Georgetown got its only run in the fourth. What looked like bad running by Sarah Erlandson (who had doubled) turned into a run. After Shannon O’Brien struck out for the second out, Sarah broke for third. A good throw by catcher MK Corrado gets Sarah out easily but the throw sailed into left and Sarah scored.
Pentucket also picked up a run in the fourth. Second baseman Shannon Killian dropped Julieanne Meehan’s pop up and then the ball was thrown away (right to where I was sitting) and Julianne was awarded third. A wild pitch brought her home on a close play at the plate.
I was introduced to something called the “look back” rule. It led to Pentucket’s final out in the 6th inning. The drift of it seems to be that if the pitcher has the ball in the circle, a runner has to continue in the direction she’s going. Sounds like one of those dreaded judgment calls.
Shannon O’Brien led off the second with a triple for Georgetown to deep center but was stranded there.
Sarah Dickinson scored a run, had two hits including a double, and drove in a pair for Pentucket.
If you want to see a Georgetown softball game you have to be able to climb a hill.
(I collect my own stats and take my own pictures. Errors are unintentional.)