(Groveland) You’re there at the Groveland Pines dog park to watch your dog get some exercise.
Today that watching also needed to include incoming softballs.
Especially when #15 was batting.
Twice today Pentucket’s Meg Hamel cleared the leftfield fence. The second shot was a grand slam.
Pentucket routed Saugus, 17-1.
Who saw this coming?
Two weeks ago, the teams met in Saugus and the home team won, 9-8.
“Talk about night and day,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist afterwards. “They hit the ball all day and we couldn’t make any plays.”
“The last time we played there were a lot of errors, and we didn’t string hits together,” recalled Pentucket coach Deb Smith.
Neither one of those was a problem today for the home team at Groveland Pines.
Pentucket had fifteen hits in the four innings they batted.
“We’re on a roll with our hits,” said Coach Smith. “We’re hitting the ball hard now.”
In the Pentucket first, the first two batters reached and Nikki Mitchell singled them home. Meg Hamel then launched the first of her home runs. Instantly, it was, 4-0.
The Sachems (6-5) got a run back in the second. A throwing error and several wild pitches allowed Devany Millerick (who had singled) to score for Saugus.
A two-out infield error enabled Kendra Griffin to get the run back in the second inning. Kendra eventually scored four times and had three hits in the game.
Two weeks ago, Saugus spotted Pentucket four runs early and then rallied to take the lead for good.
Pentucket (6-6) blew open the 5-1 game in the 4th inning. Sixteen batters went to the plate and Pentucket collected twelve runs on eight hits.
Saugus hurt themselves defensively with three errors in the disastrous inning.
The visitors were also unlucky. A Pentucket batter reached after striking out. In another situation, Saugus had their infield in with the bases loaded and a popup fell in just where they would normally have been positioned. It just wasn’t their day!
“They gave us extra outs and we took advantage,” said Coach Smith.
Meg Hamel had homered in the first, struck out in the second, and struck out the first time she batted in the 4th inning. On the senior’s second at-bat in the 4th inning she again went deep, this time with the bases loaded.
“It felt really good to get them,” Meg said afterwards.
“Meg Hamel was awesome today,” said Coach Smith. “I loved that. She works so hard. I’m so happy for her.”
Lost in all the Pentucket offense was the three-hit pitching of Molly LeBel. Molly held the Sachems hitless in the final two innings. She also had nine strikeouts in the game.
“We didn’t do much right today,” said Coach Almquist. “Pentucket is a very good team. We’re going to try and get them back on our schedule next year.”
Felicia Reppucci, Fallon Millerick, and Devany Millerick had the hits for Saugus.
Nikki Mitchell had two hits, three RBI, and scored three times for Pentucket.
Kayla Murphy had a solid game at short and scored three times.
The wind today was persistent often stirring up dust.
Saugus 0 1 0 0 0 = 1
Pentucket 4 1 0 12 – = 17
(The pictures will enlarge.)