(Groveland MA) “Triton is a crazy hitting team,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.
No chance of an argument on that one from anyone at Groveland Pines this afternoon.
Triton put on a hitting show defeating Pentucket, 27-12, in a game called after five innings.
“We can hit,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes, “and when our pitching develops, we’re going to be pretty good.”
The Vikings (1-1) climbed off the bus hitting today jumping into a seven-run lead in the first inning.
Credit Pentucket. They put a six-run inning together in the second inning and the game was tied, 7-7, after two innings.
“Pentucket girls don’t quit,” added Coach Noyes. “A lot of these kids play together on club teams.”
“I liked the way we came back after falling behind early,” said Coach Smith.
The good news for the Sachems (0-2) was the early comeback. The bad news was that the Vikings weren’t done scoring.
The visitors from Byfield sent fourteen batters to the plate in the third inning adding nine runs. In the fifth inning it was sixteen batters and ten more runs.
“Triton hit the ball so hard and so well and they were very disciplined waiting for their pitch,” said Coach Smith. “It was hard to defend.”
Haleigh Harris, Natalie Indingaro, and Mallory Johnson had over-the-fence home runs for Triton.
Sophomore Grace Romine took the win going four innings in relief of starter Mallory Johnson. Grace also scored three runs, had four hits, and drove five runs in.
Freshman Mallory Johnson collected three hits (including the HR), scored two runs, and added six RBI.
Sophomore Natalie Indingaro contributed four hits (including the HR), scored two runs, and drove in six.
Everyone in the Triton starting lineup had at least one hit.
Pentucket did end up getting twelve runs which would be enough to be competitive with many Cape Ann League teams.
Sophomore Ella Agocs and junior Bailey Stock each had three hits for the Sachems.
“There’s nothing we can do but get better,” said Coach Smith. “I’m not worried. We’ll learn from today and hopefully get some wins next week.”
Coach Noyes: “Seven of our starters are either freshman or sophomores. Twelve of the thirteen kids on our roster had never dressed for a varsity game.”
Coach Smith: “We have almost all new players with only one returning starter.”
Senior Charlotte Latham and junior Meg Hamel did the pitching for Pentucket.
It may be early, but Triton’s freshman shortstop Kyla Story looks to have the range and arm of her predecessor CAL All-Star Bridget Sheehan. Kyla had three hits and scored three runs.
I haven’t done a Pentucket softball game for a while. Last time for me may have been when Julie Freitas (assistant coach) pitched the Sachems past Newburyport. Julie is now at UNH playing club softball.
There was plenty of “action” beyond the leftfield fence if dogs barking is your thing. One of Triton’s home runs gave those dogs something to bark about landing in the midst of them.
I’ve done a few games and the pattern is for the visiting team to be late arriving. Learned why today. It’s because of a shortage of bus drivers due to Covid-19. A driver has to finish his/her route before bringing a team to a game.
Sunny afternoon but breezy.
When I get into Groveland Pines it takes me back to college days when I used to come here to watch drivers such as Bentley Warren and Ollie Silva in action.
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