Photo Gallery | McCann Tech softball tops Lee
NORTH ADAMS — The McCann Tech softball team showed great resolve on Thursday, regrouping from a tough loss on Wednesday to Easthampton — a loss that ended the Hornets' chances of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts tournament — to beat Lee 6-1.
The Hornets (8-11) did not hang their heads knowing they would not compete in the postseason. In fact, the team followed the lead of coach Robin Finnegan, playing loose, but with passion and intensity to fend off the Wildcats.
Alanza Quinones started the scoring for the host, plating Cheyenne Alcombright with a RBI ground out to the shortstop in the first inning. The Hornets went up for good in the third inning, as Alcombright, Quinones and Michaela Malloy all drove in runs. In the fifth, following a double by Quinones, Malloy hit a RBI double into right center field.
Courtney Picard drove in Lee's lone run, plating Kendra Williams with a sacrifice fly into left field in the fourth. The loss ends Lee's season at 8-12. Similar to McCann, Lee needed two wins this week to qualify for Western Mass. Despite missing the tournament, Lee coach Lauren Finnegan said she appreciates the process of coaching her young team.
"The bottom line is we want these girls to enjoy it," Lauren Finnegan said. "It's about making the game fun.
"We're going to have the same adjustment next year. Trying to get some of the younger girls in and getting them some playing time."
Robin Finnegan echoed a similar statement, saying there's a lot of teaching going on in practice and even during the game for her McCann side.
Players such as freshman pitcher Meghan Goyette have progressed well during the season. She had a strong outing against the Wildcats, allowing only three hits and striking out five.
"Meghan does a lot of controlling her speeds," Robin Finnegan said. "The first time we faced [Lee] they hit the ball tremendously. ... Today, especially when [Picard] came up, I was like 'keep it low in the zone,' because she's the home run hitter. And that's what hurt us last night."
McCann's skipper added that after allowing four runs in the seventh against Easthampton, Goyette showed toughness by pitching the next day. She was backed up defensively at shortstop by Alcombright, who took over the position for the first time this season. Alcombright is one of seven seniors on the team, and even without the chance to compete in the tournament, she said she's enjoyed her career at McCann.
"It's been an incredible season," Alcombright said. "I love my team, my team loves me and we work together a lot. This is the best team communication we've had in the past few years here. I'm really proud to be on this team this year."
Kendra Williams and Shannon Finnegan. Meghan Goyette and Alanza Quinones. W — Goyette. L — Williams. 2B — MT 2 (Michaela Malloy, Quinones).
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