Sarah Rayner's seven strikeouts help Pittsfield softball get past Wahconah
DALTON -- Sarah Rayner fired a six-hitter and Tiffany Robinson drilled a key two-run double in the top of the fifth inning as Pittsfield High School defeated Wahconah, 4-1 at Pine Grove Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Rayner struck out seven and walked one. The Warriors' only run was unearned.
"I'm trying something a little different this year," said Rayner after the game. "Instead of getting all wound up, I'm trying to let the game come to me a little more and concentrate more on outs than strikeouts."
Her Warrior counterpart, Becca Grunow, also pitched well. Grunow allowed eight hits and struck out five. She walked three.
"Becca gave us a chance to win," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher. "We didn't score enough runs. I thought we needed to put more pressure on their defense. We struck out too many times."
It was Pittsfield's opener. Wahconah is now 0-2.
PHS coach Greg Marchbanks wasn't sure after Tuesday's game when his own home field would be ready for play.
"We've been out every day, but not on the field," he said.
The visitors struck first. Alice Thomasson and Allie Hunt cracked RBI singles in the top of the second for a 2-0 advantage.
Wahconah scored its run in the bottom of the inning. Shannon Lussier singled, went to second on an infield out, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Pittsfield took control in the top of the fifth. Dominique Satrape singled and went to third on a two-base throwing error with no outs. Second baseman Erin Grogan stabbed Hunt's liner for one out, and shortstop Gabby Lavinio gunned down Satrape on Rayner's bouncing grounder for the seconds out.
But just as it seemed as though Wahconah might escape, Aoife Nester walked and the next batter, Robinson, cracked a two-run double to score both. It was the only extra-base hit of the game.
Rayner retired nine of the next 11 batters to close the game.
Rayner had three hits and Thomasson two for the Generals. Beth McBain had two hits for Wahconah.
Pittsfield 020 020 0--4 8 0
Wahconah 010 000 0--1 6 2
Sarah Rayner and Aoife Nester. Becca Grunow and Bree Herforth. 2B--PHS 1 (Tiffany Robinson).