SHEFFIELD >> Senior Day is always an emotional experience for athletes and their family members. For the Mount Everett and Drury softball teams, the strong bond between the two programs added another layer of emotion to the festivities.
Once the game was underway, however, Everett was all business, jumping on the Blue Devils early en route to a 10-3 win on Saturday.
Not only was Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier witnessing the final regular season game of Emily Coon and his daughter Morgan DeGrenier, but the opposing manager is his brother Chad, who was sending off seven seniors of his own. Many of Chad's players played for Kurt as youth in travel softball in North Adams, leading to a teary pre-game salute to the seniors.
"It's sad to see these seniors leave," Chad DeGrenier said. "They work hard and have great attitudes. ... They've been nothing but a pleasure for the years I've had them."
"I found it very emotional," added Kurt. "We've had great bonds with their families and we've been friends for years. It's amazing that it's over now."
Coon and the elder DeGrenier sister left the game to a standing ovation in the fourth inning. They helped the Eagles score eight times in the first.
Gwendolyn Carpenter started the inning with a double. Marion Devoti reached via bunt and Devan Galli plated the first run with an RBI single. Coon followed with an RBI triple, catcher Morgan DeGrenier reached on an error and pitcher Chandler DeGrenier dropped down a bunt single along the first base side.
Kersten Cutlip's groundout drove in a run, while producing the first out of the inning. The Eagles scored two more runs, batting around in the first. Coon scored on a bases loaded walk in the second, and Carpenter hit a solo home run in the third for Everett's final run of the game.
Carpenter was a triple shy of the cycle. She went 4 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Chandler DeGrenier had three hits. Morgan DeGrenier, Devoti and Coon had two hits each.
Drury scored twice in the fifth. Maya Howland had an RBI single and Jenna Gavazzi plated Jenna Moulton with a ground out. Moulton scored on a ground out in the seventh as well.
The Eagles enter the tournament looking to avenge their semifinal loss in Western Mass. Division III to Turners Falls last season. The Indians defeated the Eagles 11-1 this season, but Everett's catcher said the team is hitting its stride heading into the postseason.
"We're trying to get tournament ready, and you always want to play a little harder when you're [facing] your uncle and all the girls I've played with since U10," she said. "I think that if we play our A game, we'll be competitive and we'll make it far. Any team can win on any day, it just depends on how you show up and I think we're really starting to peak over these last couple games."
Maya Howland (5), Alli Brassard (1) and Anna Dix. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. W — C. DeGrenier. L — Howland. 2B — ME (Gwendolyn Carpenter 2). 3B — ME (Emily Coon). HR — ME (Carpenter).
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