By Jean DePlacido
---- — The Peabody Williamsport Senior Fast Pitch Softball all-stars dropped the first two games of the New England Regional tournament in Worcester this weekend.
On Saturday District 16 and Section 4 champ Peabody was shutout by Maine, 2-0. Starting pitcher Shannon Pires went four innings, allowing only one run. Shelbi Wilson came in for the final three and also gave up a run. Maine used two different pitchers, who combined for a one-hitter. Katie Tansey singled for the lone Peabody hit.
“It was a great game,” said Peabody manager Bill Hayward. “Both teams had excellent pitching, and good defense. Our left fielder Courtney Sabino made a great throw to cut down a runner at home plate.”
Things didn’t go well for Peabody yesterday against the host District 4 team from Worcester. Peabody lost, 16-4 in five innings.
“I don’t know if our girls had a letdown after playing so well but not winning our opener,” said Hayward. “We just didn’t have a good day. Both Pires and Wilson struggled, and we had Meghan Lurvey finish up. We had a few chances, and left the bases loaded in the first inning, but District 4 had one big inning, and that was it. There really weren’t any big hits, but they were finding the holes.”
Peabody will be back in action tomorrow when it takes on Connecticut, and ends pool play on Wednesday against Rhode Island.
“We’ve got to forget all about this bad loss, and move on,” said Hayward. “If our pitching is on we’ll have a chance to turn things around. We just want to put this one behind us and look to the games ahead. I watched Maine and Connecticut play after our game, and it was 1-1 in the fifth so I’m expecting another low scoring game.”
Despite the losses, the all-stars from the Tanner City are enjoying themselves at the tournament, which is being held in Worcester this year. They had to win the state title two weekends ago to qualify.
“The girls are having a great time, and there are lots of activities for them each night. A few are going back and forth, but the majority are staying out here,” said Hayward.