By John Anderson
The girls softball team claimed two victories this week despite bone chilling cold, high winds, and rain. Tuesday’s game against Burncoat ended 18-13 in the Rockets’ favor, but it didn’t start well. The visiting Patriots put up 3 runs in the first inning, and the Rockets answered with 4 of their own.
Burncoat added 4 runs in the second and 3 more in the third. When I arrived the score was 10-4, but things turned around quickly. The Rockets put up 8 runs in the bottom of the third, and this was without slugger Jackie Matthews who was on her way home from the We The People competition in Washington.
The Patriots briefly tied it up in the fifth, but the Auburn bats drove in 2 in the bottom of the fifth for a lead they would not give up. Their 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth sealed this deal. The wind was blowing from the east, and watching fly balls was almost comical. Well-hit balls nearly came to a halt in the stiff breeze and dropped back to the ground.
There were numerous fielding difficulties for both teams as the wind pushed the ball around and the cold numbed fingers. Several times, routine plays went astray as gripping the ball for a throw appeared impossible. For a solid team like the Rockets, this was odd to watch, but they overcame the challenges. Mary Grace Judge got the win for Auburn.
While track and tennis postponed on Wednesday, softball and baseball played on. The steady rain left puddles on the field and mud on the uniforms as both the boys and the girls were victorious. Freshman pitcher Lindsay Berthiaume was brought up from the J.V. squad to start the game. While she only pitched 1.1 innings, the experience was valuable as she threw 47 pitches with 23 strikes. Mary Grace Judge came in during the second inning and earned the win. She threw 50 pitches with 33 strikes.
Auburn scored 7 runs in the first inning and 4 in the third. The Cougars had 3 runs in the game which was called in the fifth inning, 11-3. On the other side of the road, Auburn baseball claimed another win, 2-1, over Quaboag after 5-1/2 innings.
The girls are now 10-4 on the season, and the boys are 7-5. Both teams will face Northbridge at home this afternoon. The games are scheduled for 3:30PM.