Photo Gallery | Mount Everett softball tops Wahconah
SHEFFIELD — In a well-played closely-contested game, one error can prove to be very costly. Trailing by two in the fourth inning, Mount Everett's Marion Devoti made Wahconah pay for one of its two errors by driving in the winning run with a three-run home run. Eagles' pitcher Chandler DeGrenier struck out the side in the seventh, sealing the 4-3 win on Thursday.
"I knew [Wahconah pitcher Allie Borowsky] was throwing outside, so I was crowding the plate," Devoti said. "She threw it inside and I hit it. ... I've never hit a ball that far in my life."
With one out, Sarah Beckwith started the big fourth inning with a single. She moved to third on a throwing error from Borowsky, allowing Devan Galli to reach base. Galli moved into scoring position after stealing second. Gwendolyn Carpenter followed with a strikeout, before Devoti sent the home-run ball over the left center field fence.
The Eagles' fourth inning was a strong response to Chloe Warren's home run that put Wahconah up 3-1 in the third. The visitors did not score again, however, stranding three runners over the last four innings.
"It was a big play in the game," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said of Devoti's home run. "We're not going to be error-free, so we've got to learn to have a better response to those kind of situations. [The error] became a big play, but it didn't have to be if we had a better response."
DeGrenier started shakily in the circle, but she found her groove as the game wore on and an error-free defense gave her plenty of support. She notched three of her seven strikeouts in the final inning. She allowed eight hits and walked two. Borowsky struck out seven, allowed nine hits and walked one in the losing effort. Devoti led Everett with two hits, three RBI and a stolen base. Kersten Cutlip and Madison Ullrich added two hits each. Warren reached base four times for Wahconah, going 2 for 2 and drawing two walks. Jess Warren had two hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Emma Parkington had an RBI single. Kelly McMahon drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said a comeback win against a Western Massachusetts tournament team is a great way to start the season. If young players such as Devoti play with confidence, he said there's no limit to what this team can accomplish.
"We have a team that's been playing together in summer ball and high school ball for five to six years," coach DeGrenier said. "Over the summer they'd find ways to win and be resilient. ... We're young but they have six years of experience, so we're hoping for a good season."
Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. W — C. DeGrenier. L — Borowsky. 2B — ME 1 (Ullrich). HR — W 1 (C. Warren), ME 1 (Devoti).
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