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April 12, 2013

Fast Pitches softball column: Beverly to play third game and three days today

Fast Pitches

Gianna Addario

As the first full week of softball comes to a close this weekend, many of our local teams have been able to find their stride early.

After winning just five games a year ago, Beverly is one of those teams hoping to get off to a fast start.

After an opening game loss in Peabody Wednesday, Beverly avenged that setback with a 9-8 non-league victory over Malden yesterday. What’s more, the Panthers are right back at it today with a chance to go over .500 against Revere at home, providing the weather cooperates.

Emily Pitman got the win on the mound for the Panthers yesterday, managing naged to get out of a jam in the sixth inning with both the tying and go-ahead runners on. She finished the inning with a strikeout and a ground ball to leave them stranded.

Kate Silvestri went 2-for-4 with three RBI on a double and a single. Hannah Silvestri, who took over the shortstop position after her older sister Erin graduated last year, continued the hot hitting and is a combined 6-for-8 over the past two games, with three runs scored and two RBI. Taytum Geary also had two very productive games at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a three runs scored and two big RBI.

“Literally the lineup from 1-through-9 has swung the bat very well and have made huge contributions,” said head coach Megan Sudak. “I’m fortunate that 11 of my 15 faces are the same from last year, but we’re taking a different approach. We were young last year, so this year I expect more in certain areas.”

Sudak said last year’s graduation seniors helped build the foundation for this spring. As a result, this current crop of seniors have picked up where their former teammates left off.

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