Photo Gallery | Mount Greylock softball tops Drury
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Mount Greylock junior pitcher Fiona Kelley said she worked hard to expand her pitching repertoire heading into this season.
Last year she was a two-pitch pitcher, working exclusively with a fastball and a dropball. Now she's added a screwball, a riseball and a change-up to her arsenal. She used all of her pitches effectively against Drury on Thursday, leading the Mounties to a 2-0 win over the Blue Devils.
She struck out nine, did not walk a batter and allowed only two hits.
"Now that I have more pitches, it's easier for my coach [June Blake] and my catcher [Olivia DiNicola] to be able to call pitches knowing that I have more than what I had last year," she said. "It's a lot better knowing I have pitches that can always be there in case my fastball isn't working or I can't get the right motion on my change-up."
Kelley had strong movement and command of her pitches and her defense did a great job of protecting her when Drury did make contact. She had all nine of her strikeouts in the first five innings. Once the Blue Devils started making contact, the Mounties played error-free defense behind her.
"I was really happy with how we played defense," Blake said. "They put the ball in play in the later part of the game and we came up and made big plays."
Drury tried to force the issue using bunts and base stealing to put runners in scoring position. The Blue Devils had just three players reach base and two of those runners were stranded in scoring position.
"We weren't hitting the ball and we kept hitting the ball in the air," Drury coach Chad DeGrenier said. "We tried to start putting the ball on the ground to see if we could get them to make some mistakes and get some girls running the bases."
While the visitors struggled to find the timely hit, Greylock converted its run-scoring opportunities early.
Carly Munzer started the scoring with an RBI bloop single into left field for the first run. In the second, Kayla Cerveira reached base on a Drury error. Grace Dodig dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt along the first base line, allowing a hustling Cerveira to go from first to third on the play.
Cerveira's sister, Elena, followed with an RBI single for the second run of the game.
Drury's Maya Howland settled down after a rough start. Greylock had only three baserunners after the second inning, with two batters reaching via error and one on a walk. Howland allowed three hits and one earned run, while striking out three. DeGrenier said it was unfortunate Howland could not get more support.
"It was all hitting," he said. "Our pitching was fine. We made a few defensive blunders, but that's not what cost us. It was all hitting. We were swinging at bad pitches and letting the good pitches go by."
Maya Howland and Kacey Sondrini. Fiona Kelley and Olivia DiNicola. W — Kelley. L — Howland.