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|Softball extends winning streak|
|Written by Mike Halloran|
|Friday, 19 April 2013 10:29|
The Duxbury High School girls’ softball team continued its torrid start by sweeping three Patriot League foes last week to run its record to 5-1.
The Lady Dragons opened the week with a home game on Monday against Pembroke with pitching ace senior Micaela Lannon on the mound. Not only did Duxbury walk away with a 9-2 win, but they also watched Lannon establish a new personal record by striking out 17 Pembroke batters.
The offense continues to sparkle as well, as junior Brianna Connolly started off the game with a walk, stole second, and was driven in by senior Alex Leaverton for a quick 1-0 lead.
Duxbury exploded for five runs in the second inning on a single by sophomore MacKenzie Bright and walks to Lindyy Cobb and Erin Gallagher. Leaverton followed with a single and senior Christina Curley doubled for a 6-0 lead.
Duxbury would complete the scoring with three runs in the 4th inning after Pembroke’s pitcher walked the bases loaded and all three runners eventually scored. Leaverton, Curley and Gallagher each had two hits for Duxbury.
Duxbury travelled to North Quincy for a game that some thought would be a cake walk for the Dragons, but that was not the case as the game evolved into a pitcher’s duel between Lannon and NQ left hander, Natasha Sautter.
Neither team could mount a scoring threat in the first three innings. But Duxbury scored the only run it would need in the top of the fourth when Curley led off with a double, went to third base on a passed ball and scored on an infield grounder by Caitlin Turok.
Protecting the 1-0 lead, Lannon struck out six of the last seven batters she faced to end the game, finishing with 11 K’s and no walks in the complete-game victory.
Sautter was the hard-luck loser for the Red Raiders despite pitching a complete game herself.
Fresh off their two wins, Coach Rod Laniewski’s squad would face its biggest test of the week when it entertained undefeated Silver Lake on Thursday.
Faced with her second pitching duel of the week, Lannon and Silver Lake freshman Maddie Barone went toe to toe in the first two innings, dominating each other’s batting order to make it a scoreless tie after two.
In the third inning things suddenly changed, as Lannon issued her first bad pitch and it sailed over the fence for a 1-0 Laker lead. Things looked bleak when Silver Lake loaded the bases following the home run. But Lannon and her team- mates escaped further damage and the game moved along.
Barone silenced the recently hot Duxbury bats until the fifth inning when the Lady Dragons got their first hit, but it didn’t produce any runs.
The Lakers appeared ready to blow the game wide open when they loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning. But they blew a perfect scoring opportunity and the game remained at 1-0.
In the bottom of the seventh Duxbury had three more outs to get back in the game.
Leaverton led off with a single and stole second. With one out Curley brought the crowd to its feet by drilling a shot to the outfield gap for a triple that drove home Leaver- ton to tie the game at 1-1.
Turok came to the plate and was patient, working the count to two strikes before sending a single to right field that brought in Curley for the winning run.
Both pitchers were outstanding, allowing just four hits apiece with Lannon fanning six Lakers to give her 34 K’s for the week.
The girls will now be off for nine days before playing Notre Dame on Saturday in Hingham.