(Byfield) It’s that time of year.
There were close plays.
There were controversial plays.
There were tears and there were adults yelling at each other afterwards.
It’s tournament time.
The early rounds were over and now the higher seeds were facing each other with high expectations.
And when today’s Division 3 (Round of 16) Foxboro/Triton game was over, Coach Alan Noyes first words were, “How about them Vikes!”
The Vikings had just defeated #9 Foxboro, 10-6, on Tuesday afternoon.
#8 Triton was overmatched by Foxboro starter Emma Callahan for four innings getting only two hits.
The Warriors aggressive style at the plate produced runs (six of them) but also ended the third, fourth, and fifth innings with outs on the bases.
Those inning-enders didn’t seem all that important at the time because after 4 ½ innings Foxboro had a 6-0 lead while Triton had only two hits.
But in the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Vikings put on a hitting show. They whacked seven hits and scored ten runs.
“That ten-run inning was the high this year,” said Coach Noyes afterwards.
It was a nightmare inning for the team from the Hockomock League. There was a walk, a hit batsman, two infield errors, and several other plays that just didn’t go Foxboro’s way.
The Warriors, however, had time to cut into their 4-run deficit, but the Triton defense wouldn’t allow it.
In the Foxboro sixth, shortstop Kyla Story handled three hard-hit grounders flawlessly.
“That was the best game I’ve had out there,” said Kyla afterwards.
In the Foxboro seventh after a leadoff single, 2B Maddy Jacques fielded a grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for a double play. 1B Skylar Colburn handled the game’s final out unassisted.
“It was one of the best defensive games we’ve played top to bottom,” said Triton catcher Haleigh Harris post-game.
Sophomore Mallory Johnson came on in relief in the third inning and ended up with the win as the Vikings rallied.
“I have two excellent pitchers,” said Coach Noyes. “We’re not here without the both of them.”
“I just threw outside fastballs over and over again,” recalled Mallory. “If it hadn’t been for the defense behind me, it would have been a completely different game.”
The Warriors (12-10) had a two-run double (Emma Callahan) and a two-run single (Meg Kelley) in their four-run third inning.
Peyton Feldman had an RBI in the fourth while teammate Ava Hill had one in the fifth.
Emma Callahan paced Foxboro with three hits.
Almost all of Triton’s positive stats were in their explosive fifth inning. Skylar Colburn and Grace Romine had two hits in the inning. Grace also had two RBI in the inning.
Skylar collected four hits two days ago and three hits today against Foxboro.
This game was filled with close plays. Not everyone was pleased with the calls. Both coaches got onto the field to seek explanations for on-the-field decisions by the officials.
Shortstop Peyton Feldman made some good plays for Foxboro. 2B Vittoria Cuscia made a nice catch in foul territory in the first inning.
One of the plays that Coach Noyes referenced afterwards was centerfield Izzy Oldini getting into the infield to tag out a runner at second to end an inning.
The weather was good although the wind had the dust flying.
The Triton boys/girls lacrosse teams were on hand late in the game to encourage the school’s softball team.
Foxboro 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 = 6
Triton 0 0 0 0 10 0 – = 10