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April 10, 2014

Resiliency pays off

Danvers' late rally dooms Swampscott

DANVERS — It’s still early in the season, but that doesn’t mean the Danvers High softball team will use that as an excuse.

After playing a pair of games, the Falcons have a better feel for what their Northeastern Conference opponents have to offer, having seen opponents from both the NEC Small and Large.

After a relatively easy win on Monday, yesterday’s contest against Swampscott was anything but secure until the final frame. Despite being down by three runs through four innings, the Falcons put together some hits and moved runners when it counted en route to a 4-3 victory over the Big Blue.

“It’s a seven-inning game, so you have to play all seven ... and we did,” said Danvers (2-0) head coach Tara Petrocelli. “We left a lot of baserunners (on) early, but we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes.”

Swampscott (0-2) and Danvers were tied going into the seventh inning, 3-3. Danvers pitcher Kendall Meehan did her part to get out of a jam with the bases loaded, getting a strikeout and fly out to end the inning.

Meehan answered again in the bottom of the stanza, this time at the plate as she drew a walk. Anna O’Neill came in for Meehan as a designated runner before Devyn Downs singled, shortstop Brittany Dougal walked to load the bases and sophomore third baseman Lizzie Prentiss earned another free pass, scoring O’Neill with the game-winning run.

“We just had to chip away. This group of kids, they’re resilient,” said Petrocelli. “They have great chemistry and are a true team. We chip away and see what happens.

“We can’t predict the game — we have to play it. We feel comfortable that if we score one run that we’ll get more confidence as we go.”

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