MIDDLETON — On any given game day, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie head coach Jody Norton has the ability to roll out one of three starting pitchers.
Senior Kaera Wyse and sophomores Kaylyn Countie and Rhiannon Lane have all gotten the nod for the Hawks in the early part of the season.
Lane, a speedy right-hander, earned the start yesterday against visiting Salem. She allowed just one run, gave up five hits, three walks and struck out nine batters to help the Hawks to a 7-1 victory, their first of the young season.
“She was a little nervous at the beginning of the game because she hasn’t thrown much this year,” Norton said of Lane. “She was worried about how long she could go, but it seemed like after she got through the first three innings she just kept getting stronger.”
Salem’s (1-3) lone run came in the top of the first after Haley Jellison scored off of Meagan Zipper’s sacrifice fly. The Witches, which dropped their third straight contest, managed two hits in the opening inning: Jellison’s double and captain Hannah Wilkins’ single.
Unfortunately for Witches, the first was the only inning that put together multiple hits. They scattered three hits over the next six innings a left four runners stranded in the process.
“We were shut down after the first inning,” said first-year Salem head coach Jennifer Bertone. “I thought we were ready for this one. I kept telling the girls when they get up to attack the ball, (but) that just didn’t happen.
“It’s frustrating. You can’t win a game unless you score runs and we only scored one. (The Hawks) are solid hitting team. They did what we couldn’t do.”
Lane, Kasey Harris, Krystal Dion and Christine Cafiso all had multiple hits for North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie (1-2). Dion and Lane each had RBI doubles while Dianna LeBlanc scored on a passed ball to give the hosts a 3-1 in the bottom of the first.