Seacord, Indians blank Granville
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Going into the 2016 season, the biggest question mark surrounding the Cambridge softball team was its offense.
So far this season, that's not been a problem.
They combined for 44 runs in a pair of games against Berlin and Tamarac this season and on Wednesday, the Indians continued to soar, scoring 13 runs in their shutout victory over Granville.
Getting the offense going immediately was second baseman Kayla Giglio.
With runners on second and third with two outs, Giglio smacked a single up the middle to score both runs and give Cambridge a 2-0 lead.
Still leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Indians offense struck their biggest blow of the game.
The big inning started when Jamie Vandewater scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead and two pitches later, Victoria Dupuis hit a little bloop single to right field to score Miranda Seacord and the Cambridge lead was now four.
On the very next pitch, Giglio jumped on a fastball and ripped it to center for an RBI triple and a 5-0 cushion.
"I know I had runners in scoring position in each at-bat I had to start the game, so I knew I needed to knock them to help the team out," Giglio said. "I got two good pitches down the middle and I just put my best swing on it and hit them right up the middle."
Giglio had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a team-high 4 RBIs.
With Giglio at third, the Indians added a little small ball to their game when Hannah Vandewater placed down a perfect RBI sacrifice bunt to score Giglio and give Cambridge a 6-0 lead.
The capper came from Olivia Brownell, who just like Giglio smacked a RBI triple for a 7-0 lead.
With a seven-run cushion, Seacord cruised through the Golden Horde lineup.
The sophomore pitched five shutout innings, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out five.
"I had a little shaky start in the first inning, but I was able to settle down and get into a groove," Seacord said. "I started throwing more strikes and got ahead in the count more that got their hitters off balance. I also pitched to contact and got a lot of ground ball outs too that helped me out."
Leading 8-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Indians added on with five more runs.
Freshman Gabbie Woods came on in relief of Seacord to pitch two scoreless innings, finishing the shutout as Cambridge improves to 6-2.
Dupuis had two hits and two RBIs for the Indians, while Rhiannon Darling also had an RBI in the win.
"Another good win for our ball club," said Cambridge coach Gerald Clifton. "Our defense played well behind our pitchers today and we hit the ball well at the plate. We just have to continue to play like we have been to start the season and we'll have a good chance to continue to win games."
The Indians will travel to play Stillwater in a conference matchup on Friday at 4:15 p.m.
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