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Pentucket wins tourney opener 16-1 over O’Bryant

Molly LeBel had a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts
Meghan Hamel scores Pentucket’s 11th run of the first inning

(Groveland) Molly LeBel was unhittable and her teammates had hits throughout the lineup.

Molly faced eighteen Tigers and struck out sixteen including the last eleven straight. The talented freshman reached 200 strikeouts for the season today.

Pentucket overwhelmed O’Bryant, 16-1, in a D3 Preliminary Round game that ended after 4 ½ innings.

“That was my best game yet,” said Molly after learning of the numbers she had put up.

“I realized early on that they weren’t catching up to the speed,” added Molly, “so I was just throwing straight down the middle.”

“She was a wonderful pitcher,” said O’Bryant coach Bridget Ryan post-game. The team from Roxbury and the Boston City League struggled to make contact most of the afternoon.

The Tigers manufactured a run in their first at-bats.  Freshman Rylee Hamblin scored the O’Bryant run.  Rylee walked, stole second, and reached third on a throwing error.  She came home on a wild pitch.

Coach Bridget Ryan and Rylee Hamblin at third base in the first inning

Down 1-0, the Panthers (12-9) put on a hitting show in their half of the first inning.  They sent sixteen batters to the plate, hit three doubles and four singles, and scored eleven runs.

Nikki Mitchell scored three times

Kendra Griffin and Bailey Stock each drove across two runs in the game-deciding starting inning.

“Everyone hit the ball really hard today,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.  “There were very few grounders.”

There were only two O’Bryant errors so almost all the runs were earned.

Pentucket added three more in the second.  Jocelyn Bickford had a two-run single while senior Emma Lopata put a scare into the visitors to the dog park beyond left field.

“I hit another homer earlier in the season to the same spot,” recalled Emma.  “This time, however, I think I hit a dog out there which wasn’t so good.”

Emma Lopata welcomed at home after a homer

Emma was back in the third inning with an RBI single while teammate Kayla Murphy scored Emma with a double in that same inning.

Rylee Hamblin

“We were missing three starters,” said Coach Ryan afterwards.  “They were on a field trip, so I had to put a lot of kids in different positions.  Pentucket, however, is a very good team.”

The Panthers advance to the next round on Tuesday (4PM) against Arlington Catholic.  I strongly suspect that #26 Pentucket will find #7 AC a bigger challenge than #39 O’Bryant was today.

The big adjustment for Pentucket in this game was replacing play-every-inning catcher Ella Agocs.  Freshman Jocelyn Bickford was given the assignment.

“Jocelyn did amazing,” said pitcher Molly LeBel.  “It was her first time behind the plate.  I was very impressed with her.”

Jocelyn Bickford

Jocelyn loved the next assignment.  “I had never done it before,” she said.  “It was so much fun.  You get a nice perspective of the game back there.”

“Both Molly and Jocelyn were awesome,” said Coach Smith.

Kayla Murphy (3 hits), Nikki Mitchell (3 runs), and Jocelyn Bickford (3 RBI) had the top stats for Pentucket.

The weather continues to prevent anyone from putting away the cold-weather gear.  Felt like an April game to me.

Nice to have players introduced and the National Anthem played.

   

O’Bryant   1   0   0   0   0   =   1

Pentucket   11   3   2   0    –   =   16

O’Bryant unofficial box

Pentucket unofficial box

Kayla Murphy had three hits

Pre-game watch

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Solid pitching/hitting leads Pentucket to 11-1 win over Ipswich

Molly LeBel gave up two hits and struck out fourteen
Emma Lopata had a happy afternoon

(Groveland) “It all got put together today,” said Pentucket pitcher Molly LeBel.

Molly sure did her part, allowing only two singles and striking out fourteen.

The Pentucket bats and defense were equally good in their 11-1 win over Ipswich at Groveland Pines on Friday afternoon.

Pentucket (5-5) had hits and runs in every inning and were flawless in the field.

Molly LeBel came into the game with her eye on reaching 100 strikeouts for the season.

Kendra Griffin steals second

“I set a goal for myself to get there today,” she said.  “I needed seven.”

Molly reaches her 7th at the end of a run of six straight strikeouts 2/3 of the way into the third inning.

“We faced a really good pitcher today,” said Ipswich coach Paul James afterwards.  “She threw hard, and she got ahead of us.”

Emma Campbell steals second

Pentucket had twelve hits and they were spread out throughout the game.

“We’re doing a much better job of coming out strong, of figuring out the pitcher right away,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith.

Three batters into the first inning, the home team had two runs.  Kendra Griffin had a bunt single, Kayla Murphy tripled, and Nikki Mitchell had a fielder’s choice to get Pentucket off to a great start.

Seven different players had hits in the game for Pentucket.  Six different players scored runs and six different players had RBI. 

“Everyone did their job,” said Emma Lopata post-game. “We had a lot of big hits.”

Emma Lopata’s home run celebrated

Emma had the best stats with three hits, three runs, and three RBI.

Julia Connelly scored twice

One of Emma’s hits cleared the fence in left in the second inning and landed in the dog park.

“That was the first home run I’ve ever hit at any level,” she said.

She did add with a laugh that, “if the homer had hit a dog she would have felt badly.”

Sydney Pichette had a two-run double in the third and Emma had a two-run double in the fourth inning as Pentucket sent up nine batters and scored four runs.

By the end of the fourth inning Pentucket led, 9-0.

Alexa Eliopoulos scores for Ipswich

Molly went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit.  Annabel Morris broke up the no-hitter with a grounder to deep short.  Lexi James followed with another single and Alexa Eliopoulos (who had reached on a dropped third strike) came in to score for the Tigers (3-5).

Molly retired seven straight batters after that to emerge with an 11-1 win.

Pentucket is now 5-5.

“We didn’t quit today,” said Coach James.  “We’re getting better.  Tomorrow, we play Whittier.”

Kayla Murphy and Lexi James

Freshman Kayla Murphy had two triples and scored three runs.

Sophomore Julia Connelly scored twice as a pinch-runner.

Bailey Stock and Sydney Pichette both had two hits for Pentucket.

Ipswich starter Annabel Morris pitched her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning.

Molly only walked two batters.  “She was steady today,” said Coach Smith.

The weather worked for me today, cloudy with temps in the 60’s.

     Ipswich   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   =   1

Pentucket   2   1   2   4   1   1   –   =   11

(The pictures will enlarge.)

Unofficial Ipswich box

Unofficial Pentucket box

Shortstop Lexi James throws home

Pentucket coach Deb Smith

Ipswich coach Paul James

Softball watchers

3B Emma Lopata throws to first

CF Elin Roberts under a fly ball

Pitcher Annabel Morris

Emma Lopata heads for home

Holding the runner at third base

Pentucket/Ipswich captains

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