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May 20, 2013

Danvers softball suffers first setback, but settles for weekend split

PEABODY — It’s never easy being handed your first loss of the season. But as Danvers High softball coach Tara Petrocelli said, “You can’t be afraid to lose, because the sun’s gonna come out again.”

The Falcons, who lost 1-0 to St. Mary’s of Lynn Saturday during the first day of the “At Bat for Buddy” Tournament at Bishop Fenwick, fought back, regrouped and took down Reading yesterday afternoon, 9-2.

“I always say tomorrow is a new day, and we’ve been really lucky this season,” said Petrocelli of her team’s 15-1 record. “St. Mary’s was able to execute when they needed to, but I really felt like it could’ve gone either way. (St. Mary’s coach) Colleen (Newbury) runs such a great program and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. One hit for us would’ve been the difference in the game.”

Somebody was bound to score at some point, but both the Falcons and the Spartans looked to be on top of their games throughout. The contest remained scoreless up until the top of the seventh when Jordan D’Orsi knocked in the winning run on a base hit for St. Mary’s.

Trailing in the top of the seventh, Danvers had two on and a runner in scoring position, but the Spartans’ third pitcher of the day — Mia Nowicki — came in and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

“I love using all three pitchers, because why have one girl throw seven innings if she doesn’t have to?” said Newbury. “Sometimes Mia’s on and sometimes she’s not, but in a game that we’re only up 1-0 against a really good team, she did great.”

The Falcons realized where they needed to improve and came out swinging against Reading yesterday afternoon. Senior captain Chrissy Gikas went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a walk. Caitlin McBride finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including a RBI double, and Kendall Meehan went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double.

Freshman Madison Mucci, who didn’t hit for Danvers on Saturday, brought the intensity yesterday by going 3-for-4, including two doubles.

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