Wahconah softball team rolls by Pioneer 16-0
DALTON — The Wahconah softball team played in just its second game of the season on Friday, but the Warriors looked to be in mid-season form with a 16-0 win over Pioneer.
Abby Wells was a jack of all trades for the Warriors (2-0), allowing just two hits in the pitching circle while crushing two home runs at the plate. Wells utilized first-pitch strikes en route to seven strike outs before the game was ended after five innings via the mercy rule.
"It is really important to get ahead [in the count] and move [the strike zone] around," Wells said. "You're in charge when you're ahead of the batter. Confidence is up, we are very excited to start 2-0 but we have 18 games left so we want to keep our confidence high and stay focused on the next game. "
With that in mind, Wells didn't do it alone. The Warrior defense played a sound game behind their junior pitcher.
"I'm proud with how we played defensiveness, especially with the second-effort plays and gutting it out," tenth-year coach Dustin Belcher said.
Wells, and shortstop Morgan Marauszwski led the Warriors with five runs batted in each. A common theme for Wahconah was two-out rallies. 11 of 16 runs were scored with two outs, and the situational hitting started in the first inning.
Catcher Jess Duma came up with two on and two out and delivered with a single up the middle to help the Warriors to a 3-0 lead at the end of one.
"It's exciting to get up to the plate with runners on base," Duma said. "It's good to see everyone working hard because we are all focused on the same goal."
Duma, Marauszwski, Wells, and Halley Lenski powered the Warrior offense, as all four had at least two hits on the day.
"The message before the game was to come out and put some pressure on them," Belcher said. "We wanted to be aggressive and take chances on the bases. The biggest thing I am happy about is how we are coming together as a team. The energy was up and everyone was involved."
The Warriors are off until Monday when they host Hoosac Valley, who they defeated in the semi-finals of the Western Mass. D-II tournament last season. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Pioneer 000 00 — 0 2 0
Wahconah 344 5x — 16 12 0
P: Scoville and Gibson. W: Wells and Duma. WP — Wells. LP — Scoville. 2B — P: 1 (Scoville) W: 4 (Kays, Rose, Marauszwski, Lenski). HR — W 2 (Wells 2).
Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.
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