Drury softball team scores eight in seventh to down McCann Tech

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NORTH ADAMS — Before entering a game it is common to use past results to make an educational prediction on the outcome. However, teams and players develop week-by-week, or even day-by-day, and that is why you play the game. On Wednesday, the Drury softball team showed that its taking a leap in the right direction with an 11-2 win over rival McCann Tech.

"We've had a little break here with the rain, so we've had the opportunity to be inside a lot together lately and its given us time to think and reflect," coach Morgan Shafer said. "We made the mindset that we were 0-0 with a fresh start. This isn't the same team we started the year with, so every game is a new start."

Setting the tone early for Drury (3-8) was Katie Booth in the pitching circle. The sophomore finished the day by allowing just four hits and her success started in the first inning. Ayrian Quinones reached on a walk, but Booth retired the next three Hornets she faced to end the frame.

The rivalry showdown quickly developed into a pitching dual, as McCann's Meg Goyette came out of the gates hitting all her spots. She consistently painted the corner en route to four strikeouts and just two hits through three innings.

The Hornet (9-2) offense provided their ace with some run support in the bottom of the second, as Mya Daigneault cracked a two-run double.

Goyette finished the game with five strikeouts in seven innings for the Hornets, leaving her one shy of 400 total in her high school career.

With Goyette dealing and the McCann offense coming alive, the Blue Devils could've felt as this was like the 2018 version of the team that was swept by McCann — but that wasn't the case.

After allowing two runs in the second, Booth settled in and allowed just two hits over the final five frames.

"The whole team stayed focused and we fought it out until the end," Booth said. "We just needed that one spark to get the offense going."

That spark came in the the top of the fourth inning. After Booth reached on a single, Drury had two ducks on the pond, however, there were two outs. Jackie Moulton stepped into the batters box and saw just one pitch.

She launched the pitch to deep right-center field and didn't stop running until she was met at home plate by her team, celebrating her 3-run home run.

"I was surprised when coach kept telling me to keep going," Moulton said. "I didn't think I hit it that far. We came in not knowing how the game was going to go, but we just kept fighting it was really exciting for all of us."

With Drury leading 3-2, the following two innings it looked as this game would come down to who would blink first.

Both teams displayed their defenses, as the left side of McCann's infield in Quinones and Hannah Stack showcased some serious leather and quick reflexes to help record nine outs for the Hornets.

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For the Blue Devils, it was the outfield that prevented a handful of hits by the Hornets, with arguably the biggest catch coming from Mackenzie Dobbert, who saved extra bases on an Aubrey Tetlow fly ball with a leaping catch in the sixth inning.

"The defense was so important because we've been making little silly mistakes here and there along with some mental errors," Shafer said. "Not having those mental errors today really showed the girls they're a team that can compete in the county."

Defense was the name of the game, until the top of the seventh. The Blue Devils kicked down the doors with a eight-run rally.

The inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Booth, who finished the day 3 for 4, and a three-run double by Hali Cartmill, who was 3 for 4 out of the nine spot.

Booth allowed two runners to reach in the bottom of the seventh, but a ground ball back to her with two outs ended the game. The 12-3 win marked the end of the first of two rivalry games between McCann and Drury, with the second scheduled for May 22.

"Last year we lost both games against McCann," Shafer said. "Just to get the rivalry going with some sparks this year and show we are better than we are last year can really lift us for the rest of the season."

The Blue Devils won't be looking ahead to the rematch with the Hornets, as Wednesday's game started a stretch of five games in five days for Drury.

"We have the heart [to make a run at the playoffs]," Booth said. "We've had the skill all season, but we are just now starting to put it together and work as a team."

The Blue Devils host Lenox on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The Hornets also return to action on Thursday with a game against the Lee Wildcats, also scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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Drury     000     300     8     —     11     11     0

McCann Tech      020     000     0     —     2     4     1

Katie Booth and Anna Dix. Meg Goyette and Aubrey Tetlow. W — Booth. L — Tetlow. 2B — H 1 (Mya Daigneault), D 2 (Booth and Hali Cartmill). HR — D 1 (Jackie Moulton).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

McCann Tech      020     000     0     —     2     4     1

Katie Booth and Anna Dix. Meg Goyette and Aubrey Tetlow. W — Booth. L — Tetlow. 2B — H 1 (Mya Daigneault), D 2 (Booth and Hali Cartmill). HR — D 1 (Jackie Moulton).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

Katie Booth and Anna Dix. Meg Goyette and Aubrey Tetlow. W — Booth. L — Tetlow. 2B — H 1 (Mya Daigneault), D 2 (Booth and Hali Cartmill). HR — D 1 (Jackie Moulton).

Jake Mendel can be reached at jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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