(Byfield MA) Walks in quantity will always get a team in trouble.
That team was Rockport this afternoon as they handed Triton a 10-7 win on a misty, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.
Rockport was up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning. Then finding the strike zone became a problem for pitchers Jordan Fears, Miranda Roller, and Taylor Frost. Two innings and TEN walks later Triton collected seven runs and took the lead for good.
Credit the visitors. Down 10-5 in the final inning, Rockport had consecutive singles by Katie Favaloro, Jackie Connelly, and Cassie Camille to close to 10-7. They even had the tying run at the plate. The rally wilted, however, as Lauren Ryan was caught stealing and Triton pitcher Katherine Quigley registered her second strikeout getting Taylor Frost for the final out after a lengthy at bat.
Rockport (2-3) had ten hits including three by Katie Favaloro who also scored three times.
Triton (3-3) also had plenty of baserunners notching nine hits. Bridget Sheehan had three hits and scored three runs. Teammate Zoe Cesati had two hits while crossing the plate four times.
Miranda Roller homered over the fence in left center. The senior was a CAL first-teamer last season. She will be attending Merrimack in the fall and expects to try out for their softball team.
Shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a play that a “6-3” in the scorebook would do zero justice to. The sophomore dove to her right to stop a hard-hit grounder, got to her knees and made a long, accurate throw to nab Charlotte Salmon.
Later, Bridget backed up a play at third to prevent a run from scoring.
Freshman Katherine Quigley had a 2-run double to right in the 5th inning to tie the score.
Rockport had defeated Triton four straight times before today’s game.
Rockport was 11-9 last season while Triton was 7-11.
Rachel Haselgard, Zoe Cesati, and Bridget Sheehan made the Cape Ann League second team last season.
The weather was just plain ugly. Too cold. Too damp. The conditions, however, didn’t keep friends/family from both teams from attending.
Next game for Triton is at Hamilton-Wenham on Wednesday. Rockport hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow.
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