The Salem News
---- — Fast Pitches
More often than not, one win isn’t going to change a season, but it does help put things in perspective.
Bishop Fenwick had one of those wins on Wednesday, with one of it’s more offensively efficient victories of the year in an 18-4 victory over East Boston.
A fairly young squad, the Crusaders are looking to keep things moving in the right direction after evening out their record at 3-3. Every team goes through hot stretches and Bishop Fenwick is hoping to carry on with more wins after putting a pair of victories together this week.
On Wednesday, sophomore catcher Gabby Hart had four hits and four RBI, sophomore designated hitter Brianna Hemeon added three hits and three RBI and junior Jen Crovo finished with two hits and two RBI.
“We’re looking to build on the positives,” said head coach Paul Lyman, now in his 12th year with the team. “We have a very talented team with great athletes, we just need to keep working.”
The Crusaders have just three returning starting players from last year’s varsity squad back on the team. The rest of the girls played at the junior varsity level and are learning to adjust to the speed of the varsity game.
Though there are no captains named, Crovo is one of the team’s leaders at second base. She’s been one of the teams most consistent hitters so far and has made the switch from her natural catching position to second base because of her versatility and athleticism.
“Although our leaders are not specifically named, I feel that it’s fit for me to step up as a leading voice seeing as it’s my third year returning on varsity,” said Crovo. “The honor of being seen as a leader is huge, but so are the responsibilities that come along with it.
“Moving over to second base has been a learning experience every day and I’m enjoying my time viewing the field from a new perspective.”
Fellow classmate Gianna Pizzano is back in her role as the starting third baseman, while Chandler Wilder is defensively sound in right field.
Hart has taken over the catching duties, while sophomore Katie O’Brien and junior Jenny Nasser have been solid additions to the club.
“We’re young and we expect some growing pains,” Lyman added. “Offensively we’re OK, but we have to learn to play better defense and we’ll continue to win.”
Monday’s win over Matignon showed that the Crusaders are capable of pulling out sufficient wins, even after being down the majority of the game. Every league game is important to Fenwick as the Catholic Central League is quite competitive and the Crusaders were only one win shy of making the playoffs last season.
Fenwick put up seven runs in their come from behind victory. Nasser’s slap bunt produced an error that scored the winning run in the seventh, while Hart went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. The Crusaders continue to be strong at the plate, outscoring its last two opponents 26-11. “The weather worked in our favor during the preseason, making us spend more time focused on hitting and technique while being forced to practice indoors,” Crovo said of the teams effective hitting. “Also, a great amount of versatility throughout our line up helps to keep the defense on their toes.”
The Crusaders are on the road against Shawsheen, looking to make it three in a row to wrap up the week.
Danvers had another big outing in Northeastern Conference play as it shutout Saugus, 11-0 on Wednesday. The Falcons (4-0) are the only team left in the NEC Small with a perfect record in the early part of the season.
Junior Kendall Meehan has been stellar on the hill, recording the four wins for Danvers thus far, including a second shutout against Winthrop. Meehan had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning and ended up with 10 strikeouts and allowed just one hit against Saugus.
Meehan, Chrissy Gikas and Cailtin McBride have been consistent threats at the plate with multiple RBI in each of the four games played. The Falcons are off for the weekend, but are home against Gloucester on Monday.
On Wednesday Peabody put an end to Lynn Classical’s 41-game NEC win streak in a 13-5 victory. Playing in its second game in two days, the Tanners won its fourth straight yesterday in extra innings against Lynn English, 9-3.
“Classical is a tough team to beat and I have a lot of respect for them,” said Peabody head coach Butch Melanaphy. “We’re looking forward to each game as it comes to us. We’re trying not to look too far ahead, but the girls are really looking forward to play Danvers, because they’re a really strong team.”
Shelbi Wilson picked up her fourth win as well, striking out 10 batters and allowing just three runs. Olivia Brothers (3-for-5, 3 RBI) knocked in the tying run in the top of the seventh on a triple to make it 3-3. Shannon Piras got the winning run in the eighth and the Tanners added five more runs in the inning to capture the win.
Ipswich is looking to take two of its three game this week as it hosts Notre Dame this morning. The Tigers (1-2) won Monday’s non-league matchup against Triton, 6-2 , but dropped a bout to Georgetown, 4-2 on Wedensday.
It’s worth noting the last eight runs that the Tigers have scored (six in their win and two in the loss), have all been scored with two outs.
Last week it was reported that North Shore Tech’s win over Mystic Valley was 8-2, but in fact the score was 8-0.
Pitcher Kaera Wyse had a 12 strikeout, one-hit performance in the victory. In Tuesday’s outing Wyse let up four hits over seven innings and struck out a season-high 14 batters.
BIG GAME ALERT: On Monday Salem will travel to take on its NEC rival Beverly in hopes of getting its first win of the season. The Panthers (2-2) are coming off a win against Lynn English are looking for back-to-back W’s. The Witches on the other hand opened the season with four straight losses, but are focused on getting that much needed, first victory of the season.
Fast Pitches, a column on North Shore high school softball, runs every Friday during the spring season in The Salem News. Contact Gianna Addario at GAddario@salemnews.com, 978-338-2615 and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.