Patriots' softball keeps on rolling with win over Springfield
BENNINGTON — Their streak of scoring 10 or more runs in eight consecutive games came to an end on Monday, but that didn't phase Mount Anthony in the slightest.
The Patriots used stellar pitching and timely hitting instead to garner a dominating 6-1 victory over Springfield to extend its winning streak to 11 straight
Starting things off for the Patriots was starting pitcher Taylor DiCranian, who had her 'A' game from the mound all game long.
The sophomore was dealing from the start, collecting eight strikeouts in the first four innings.
"I worked hard to get ahead in the count and got a lot of ground ball or pop ups for outs because of it," DiCranian said. "Also my change-up was on today and that kept them off balance at the plate as well."
With DiCranian in full control, the Patriots offense got their pitcher some runs to work with in the second inning.
After senior Lauren Woodcock hit a bullet down the right field line for a triple, DiCranian helped herself out by smacking an RBI double to left center, allowing MAU to get on the board first.
With first and third and no outs, senior Cheyenne Guetti brought home the Patriots' second run with a bloop single into shallow center that scored DiCranian and the MAU offense was rolling.
Now with bases loaded and two outs, the Patriots got their timeliest hit of the afternoon from Cat Worthington, who continued to her terrific rookie season by smacking a two-run single to center to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead.
"I was trying to hit the ball in play and not strike out like I did in my first at bat," Worthington said. "I'm happy that I was able to come through for my team and getting a hit with the bases loaded always helps your confidence out."
MAU added another run when DiCranian scored before Katie Boyle was tagged out in a run-down in the third to make it a 5-0 lead.
DiCranian finished with two hits to go along with her 10 strikeouts on the mound in a complete game performance and the only run DiCranian gave up was on a solo home run by Springfield in the fourth to cut the MAU lead back to four.
MAU earned back their five run lead in the sixth when Guetti got her second RBI by knocking in herself, a laser to left center that rolled all the way to the wall. With her lighting quick speed, the senior rounded the bases for an inside the park home run and sealed the deal on the Patriots' 14th win of the season.
"I was able to get on top of their pitcher's rise-ball and put a good swing on it," Guetti said. "It felt really good to end the day with that hit and I'm really thrilled with how the team played today."
With the win, MAU improves to 14-1 on the season
"I'm really happy with where our team is at right now," said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "We're playing well in all phases of the game and girls are really helping one another get better from game to game. There still are some little things we need to work on, but I'm really like where our team is at going into the postseason."
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