Mount Everett softball blanks Westfield Tech in Western Mass. opener
SHEFFIELD — The Mount Everett softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament in dominant fashion, beating Westfield Tech 18-0 on Friday. The No. 3 seeded Eagles will face No. 6 seeded Greenfield on Monday at 4 p.m.
Eagles' leadoff hitter Gwendolyn Carpenter started the home half of the game with a first-pitch home run into left center field. The next six batters reached base, helping the hosts take a 6-0 lead with two outs. Jaclyn Derwitsch followed with an RBI single, and Carpenter — channeling her inner Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts — added her second home run of the inning to put Everett up 8-0. Carpenter finished the game 2 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBI. She has five extra-base hits, including three home runs, in her last two games.
"We were joking around before the game, saying I should hit more home runs, so it was funny this happened," Carpenter said of her offensive explosion. "As I was rounding third base, my base coach was like 'Mookie!' It was fun."
Carpenter added that her ability to reach base out of the leadoff spot provides a spark for the entire lineup.
Everett added seven runs in the second, taking a 15-0 lead. Tori Seward had a RBI double in the third. Hannah Race had a RBI single in the fourth for the final run of the game.
Marion DeVoti and Derwitsch had two hits each. Morgan DeGrenier had two hits and a RBI. Pitcher Chandler DeGrenier had three hits and three RBI.
The run support was more than enough for Chandler DeGrenier in the circle. She threw a perfect game, striking out 12 of 15 batters. It's her second no-hitter of the season.
The Tigers were making just their second tournament appearance in the last four years. Coach Deb Falcetti said her young team played with a lot of heart this season.
"We have a huge sophomore group," she said. "We've got eight sophomores and one junior. This is an incredible group of young women who play with heart and passion. We just ran into a big brick wall. For a vocational technical high school, we certainly have talent, ability, drive and passion."
As Mount Everett prepares to return Western Mass. quarterfinals, Carpenter said the goal is to return to UMass and advance to the final. Friday's effort was a step in the right direction, and coach Kurt DeGrenier said he wants the offense to continue its production.
"It feels good to advance and it feels good to see the girls make adjustments to the pitching," he said. "Just keep our bats going. ... Defensively, as long as there's no mental errors — physical errors I can live with — but no mental errors, then we're playing good."
Stephanie Allen (2), Keisha DeJesus (2) and Hannah Roberts. Chandler DeGrenier and Morgan DeGrenier. W — C. DeGrenier. L — Allen. 2B — ME 5 (C. DeGrenier 2, Marion Devoti, M. DeGrenier, Tori Seward). HR — 2 ME (Gwendolyn Carpenter).
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