Mount Everett's Faith Angell pitches perfect game to lift Eagles back into Western Mass. D-III semifinals

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SHEFFIELD —After Sunday's 4-0 victory over Granby in the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. D-III tournament, Mount Everett ace Faith Angell was asked about when her nerves were higher; at the beginning of the game against a team that is coming off a 20-run performance in the first round of the tournament, or during the final three outs of the game.

"The seventh inning, for sure," Angell said. "I was just focused on throwing strikes and knew my teammates had it behind me."

The junior took the mound just three outs away from a perfect game — and she delivered. 21 batters faced and 21 batters retired, along with no hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts — simply perfection.

"Obviously it's exciting," Angell said after tossing the first no-hitter of her career. "We needed this game and hopefully we'll carry this energy into the next game."

Angell was locked in from the opening pitch, as she went three-full innings without a ball reaching the outfield.

"I've been telling her all season that she is one of the better pitchers in the county," Mount Everett coach Josh King said. "She just has to trust herself, play hard, and not overthink too many things."

The first ball hit to the outfield was a dying fly ball that was looking to drop in left field with one out in the fourth inning, but Madeline Soudant came dashing in to catch the ball. From there it was smooth sailing for Angell, who struck out the side in the sixth.

In the seventh she received some more help from her defense when a ball was rocketed at Emma Goewey at third, but the eighth grader snagged it before it could reach the outfield grass and fired to first for the innings second out. The final out of the game was a grounder to Marion Devoti at first, who tagged the base to seal the perfect performance.

"She did a good job of holding her own and hitting her spots," King said. "I knew she was throwing well and it is one of those things where if you say it they start thinking about it. I let it be and she took care of business."

In the bottom of the first inning it looked like it would be a tough outing for Granby's Lindsey Wenzel in the circle.

Gwen Carpenter found herself on base with a walk and Devoti knocked her in with a single. Goewey, the next hitter up, scored Devoti with a single to give the Eagles the early 2-0 advantage.

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After the first, the Eagles struggled to plate a run. While runners reached third base in the third, fourth and fifth innings, Everett couldn't find the one hit needed to add to their lead.

"I think this was our worst hitting game this year, but it was good to get it out of the way now," King said. "Obviously we'll take a lot of cuts tomorrow and tidy some things up. They have the skills and just have to trust themselves."

Luckily for the Eagles, with how Angell was pitching, they didn't need insurance runs, but they still muscled two more runs across in the sixth inning.

With the bases loaded, a passed ball allowed Makenzie Ullrich to score. The ball was still rolling free when Jackie Derwitsch hit third base so she broke for home and beat the throw, increasing the lead to 4-0.

"My third base coach was telling me to keep my lead and I saw an opportunity so I took it," Derwitsch said. "It really helped us to be heads up on the base paths and it is something we need to keep up throughout the tournament."

Derwitsch finished the day with a game-high three hits while scoring a run. Devoti, who finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run, was the only other batter with multiple hits for the Eagles.

Next up for the Eagles is the third-seeded McCann Tech Hornets on Wednesday, after McCann defeated Smith Vocational 17-0 in another quarterfinal on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at UMass. The winner will play either Mount Greylock or Turners Falls in the Western Mass. D-III championship on Saturday.

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Granby     000     000     0     —     0     0     1

Mount Everett     200     002     x     —     4     7     0

Lindsey Wenzel and Kaleigh Croteau. Faith Angell and Madison Ullrich. W — Angell. L — Wenzel.

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

Mount Everett     200     002     x     —     4     7     0

Lindsey Wenzel and Kaleigh Croteau. Faith Angell and Madison Ullrich. W — Angell. L — Wenzel.

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

Lindsey Wenzel and Kaleigh Croteau. Faith Angell and Madison Ullrich. W — Angell. L — Wenzel.

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


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