, Salem, MA


May 19, 2014

Softball teams come out for 'At Bat For Buddy' tournament


The tournament was originally scheduled as a two-day event, but because of Saturday’s early morning rains all of the games were moved to yesterday.

Danvers and St. Mary’s Lynn closed out the tournament in the final game of the day yesterday. Petrocelli’s Falcons used their stellar offense to propel them to an 8-2 victory.

The Falcons (13-3) put up four runs in the second inning after Devyn Downs led off with a triple. Tori Costa singled in Downs, Hannah Llewellyn knocked in a pair of runs and Caitlin McBride drove in Costa from third.

“Last year they beat us here 1-0, so the kids came in and wanted a little bit of revenge,” said Petrocelli. “I think we started quick, which helped.”

In the fifth inning Costa and Llewellyn recorded back-to-back RBI doubles and Danvers picked up another run on an error to make it 7-0. Costa picked up her third run batted in on a single to center in the seventh.

Danvers kept St. Mary’s scoreless until Katarina Roy hit a fence-clearing, 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

“She doesn’t usually start, but she’s one of the only kids on the team that can hit Kendall (Meehan, the Danvers pitcher),” explained Parker Newbury. “We didn’t execute when we needed to, and Kendall threw great as always. When you get behind against a team like Danvers, it’s hard to fight back ... defensively, they’re not going to make a lot of mistakes.”

Meehan, who picked up her 13th win of the year, scattered three hits and struck out one.

Earlier yesterday, Bishop Fenwick played back-to-back games against St. Mary’s and Shawsheen.

Games between Catholic Central League rivals St. Mary’s and Fenwick are always interesting. Yesterday, the visiting Spartans prevailed, 2-0, after Fenwick had beaten them earlier this month.

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