Sunday, June 12, 2011
Coyle-Cassidy mashes away to D2 South final
By Scott Barboza
TAUNTON, Mass. -- Can anybody cool down the bats of Coyle-Cassidy softball?
The Eastern Athletic Conference champions mashed their way through the regular season, scoring 205 runs in the regular season, or greater than 10 runs a game. C-C began the Division 2 South tournament by hanging a pair of 16-run performances on Norwell and Hanover.
The Warriors kept swinging Sunday in their D2 South semifinal against Abington at Jack Tripp Field, pounding out 14 hits and doubling up the Green Wave, 8-4.
“They all know their job,” C-C head coach Russell Hunt said. “I could be the number three hitter, or the five-hitter that needs to execute, either on the bunt or to make some contact. They know their jobs and we try to keep it simple here and thus far they’ve executed.”
Part of the key to C-C’s success has been its stacked batting order, as exhibited on Sunday. Every Warrior starter had at least one hit and four players (Patty Borges, Julie LeClair, Tricia Quinn and Genna Whelan) had multi-hit games.
Quinn and center fielder Megan Ritchie led C-C (19-4) both drove in a pair of runs.
“The bottom third of our order could be the top third,” said Katie Bumila, the Warriors’ senior catcher. “You could turn our lineup all around and we would still have the same results because we have that power and we have really just good hitters all the way through the lineup.”
That bottom of the order made its presence felt in C-C’s four-run fourth inning.
Ritchie, batting out of the sixth-hole, clubbed a two-run single to left. Next up, Warriors starter Katherine Clark delivered an RBI single. Then, No. 8 hitter Brittany Perdigao beat out an infield hit, scoring Clark.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Warriors, however. The top-seeded Green Wave (21-2) crawled back within a run at 5-4 in the fifth inning.
Lead-off hitter Mackenzie Gillis hit an RBI double to left-center; she later came around to score on Stephanie Cornish’s two-out single.
On the following play, in a scary moment, Cornish went sliding into second base on Haylee Rogers’ infield hit. Cornish slid safely into the bag, but her left spike dug into the clay. Play was stopped for nearly 20 minutes as Cornish was taken by ambulance to Taunton’s Morton Hospital with a broken ankle.
When play resumed, Clark got Alex Powers to pop out to second with the bases loaded to close the inning.
“We had a good rally going there,” Abington head coach Ernie Ortega said. “The kids played hard. They gave up a few more errors than you can commit against a team like Coyle, they take the extra bases. We prepared as well as we could for them, but they played better.”
The Green Wave committed three errors in the field, providing the Warriors with several extra outs.
“That’s kinda’ how we play,” Bumila said of C-C’s aggressive play on the base paths, “we go all out and we try to make them make mistakes and put pressure.”
Katelyn McCarthy earned the save after entering the game for Clark in the sixth. McCarthy retired the final four Green Wave batters in order. Clark earned the win, scattering six hits over 5 2/3 innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out four.
“It’s been a full team effort,” Hunt said. “They’ve all given it all that they possibly can, you’ve got to appreciate that.”
Fifth seed C-C will face No. 2 seed Hopkinton for the D2 South title Monday at Taunton High. First pitch is at 7 p.m.