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April 17, 2014

Sunny Disposition: Danvers softball hits stride in time for Florida trip

MARBLEHEAD — What a difference a day will make for the Danvers softball team.

Yesterday, the Falcons were playing in 35-degree weather. Today, they’re off to Orlando, Fla. for a seven-day trip — where they’ll play three games in four days.

Head coach Tara Petrocelli, however, made sure the girls focused on yesterday’s task at hand — Marblehead.

Danvers’ bats were quiet through the first few innings, but came alive in the final two stanzas to capture a 6-1 victory over the host Magicians.

“I thought we were a little too excited about the trip for the first five innings,” noted Petrocelli, whose team stayed perfect at 4-0. “We had to focus in.

“We made the adjustments we needed to in sixth inning. I don’t think we can wait that long all the time, though. You have to give credit to the Marblehead pitcher (Michaela Leblanc); she kept us off balance for a while.”

Marblehead’s (2-2) Olivia Vener gave her team its only lead in the fifth inning, breaking a scoreless tie. She singled up the middle, stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball.

Leblanc allowed only four hits over the first four innings and had an easy 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. She kept Danvers off the bases for the majority of the game until Falcons’ second baseman Hannah Llewellyn was able to punch through a single in the sixth. Kendall Meehan singled in Llewellyn to tie the game at 1-1.

From there, Maddie Mucci, Devyn Downs and Brittany Dougal followed with singles of their own to load bases. Marisa Phillips-Manson was hit by a pitch, allowing Mucci to score with the eventual game-winning run.

“For a while there we just kept popping the ball up to the center fielder,” noted Meehan. “We knew we had to keep ball down. We just kept drilling that into our heads.”

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