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July 30, 2013

Peabody Juniors Fast Pitch softball reaches state final

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“(Catcher) Stephanie Ghostlaw had a toe injury, so we put her over on first base where she wouldn’t have to move around as much and Luci Mastromatteo did a phenomenal job behind the plate. It worked out great because Ghostlaw came up with some unbelievable defensive plays on shots down the line at states.”

Lindsay Carroca was the team’s No. 1 pitcher and was also a force offensively, cranking out doubles and triples. Kelsie Blake played third base and turned one of the only double plays in the tournament. She worked hard to improve her batting average and wound up with the second highest batting average on the team.

Delaney Corson played second base and all of the outfield positions and also came up with a couple of big hits. Second baseman Amanda Molle was always a threat at the plate, too, because of her exceptional bunting and speed on the bases.

Other key players were left fielder Jenna Delisi, who tracked down a ball and made a great catch in right at the fence to end a Woburn threat and preserve Peabody’s 3-2 lead in the deciding sectional game; and leadoff hitter Kaitlin Thibideau-Corey, who was a solid all around player, who handled third base.

The outfield was loaded with talent. Molly Tansey was the starting center fielder. Alyssa Alperen, Rebecca Sabino, Jamie Callum and Lexi Zammer all provided strength there.

“It is amazing to see how quickly the fast pitch program in Peabody has come along,” said Blake. “I was fortunate to have some great assistant coaches (Dave Callum, Tony Molle and Peter Mastromatteo) with a lot of years of experience. All the credit for the program’s success has to go to Keith LeBlanc, who does a phenomenal job running it.”

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