Photo Gallery | Mount Everett softball tops Hoosac Valley in extra innings
ADAMS — The Mount Everett softball team's offense was not dominant on Tuesday against Hoosac Valley, but the Eagles produced timely hits in clutch situations, earning a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes at Russell Field in eight innings.
Everett improves to 4-0 in the South Division.
Trailing by two runs heading into the top of the seventh inning, Everett's Kirsten Cutlip, Gwendolyn Carpenter and Marion Devoti hit doubles, forcing extra innings. In the eighth, pitcher Chandler DeGrenier hit a triple down the right field line, leading to sacrifice fly from Emily Coon, giving Everett the go-ahead run.
"In that situation, you just need a base hit and to string them together," DeGrenier said of her approach during the eighth inning. "I knew I couldn't strikeout. ... It could've been our last chance and we needed to get a run in."
DeGrenier helping her own cause is fitting, because the senior pitcher struggled with her command early, as Hoosac scored three times in the first inning. Kali Puppolo and Abby Jamros had RBI singles. Sienna Witherall scored on a failed pick-off attempt.
DeGrenier settled down from there, however, allowing only three hits the remaining seven innings. She had six strikeouts for the game.
"I'm happy that they dug deep and came back," Mount Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier said. "Kali is a good pitcher, so you can't expect to get hit after hit on her. ... No one is going to let us win. We've got to come to the game ready to play, like we're losing the game and [to] come intense."
Tuesday's game makes back-to-back extra inning matches for the Hurricanes. After beating Drury on Saturday, the 'Canes did not have the late-game magic against the Eagles.
But the host did do a good job of putting Puppolo is position to win in regulation. With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, third basemen Hailey Adelt made a diving stop on a ground ball, before firing to first for the out, saving at least a run. The 'Canes could not turn the big play into positive momentum, however, and the inability to generate offense cost them.
"It goes back to putting the ball in play and being more aggressive at the plate," Hoosac coach Mike Ameen said. "Young kids, they get nervous. Mount Everett's been the No. 1 team in the division. ... We're ahead and we're battling back-and-forth — a little bit of nerves — but we'll be fine."
Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. Kali Puppolo and Alyssa Pause. W — C. DeGrenier. L — Puppolo. 2B — ME 3 (Kirsten Cutlip, Gwendolyn Carpenter, Marion Devoti), HV 1 (Abby Jamros). 3B — ME 1 (C. DeGrenier).
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