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May 8, 2014

Danvers softball survives Swampscott's late rally

SWAMPSCOTT — The Danvers softball team is well aware that it’s going to take more than just putting up a double-digit score on the board to win games. The Falcons are fully focused on getting all 21 defensive outs to ensure victory, especially against Northeastern Conference Small rival Swampscott.

The Big Blue battled back a few times to put the pressure on Danvers here yesterday, including the bottom of the seventh. The Falcons defense stayed resilient, despite allowing three hits to start the inning.

After a small infield conference, Danvers made three consecutive outs to hold onto a 10-9 victory.

“I think we’re young, first of all,” noted Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “It’s a little nerve racking when you’re up by two and the first three runners get on and all of that stuff happens. We take one thing at a time and we talk about just taking a deep breath and getting done what we have to. We’ll let the last play go and recover. It’s something we’ve been focusing on in practice this week.”

The Falcons are first in the NEC Small with a 7-2 record in conference play and 9-2 overall. Their defensive discipline paid dividends in the final frame to extend their win streak to three games, whereas the Big Blue dropped three in-a-row.

“We walked in here, we knew it would be a tough, tough game for us. We were lucky to score 10 runs,” said Petrocelli. “We took what they gave us, so we bunted when we needed to. We need to execute a little better, but for the 11th game of the season — I think we’re where we want to be.”

Danvers broke things open in the seventh after Kendall Meehan drove in two runs on a base hit, followed up by Madison Mucci’s RBI single. Brittany Dougal kept things moving with a big double to left, driving in another pair of runs to extend Danvers’ lead to 7-3.

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