PA Softball Crushes Andover High School 8-1; Power-Hitters Clegg and Hollebeke Lead Offense

Leading off for Andover, Lindsay Maroney ’07 sprinted to first base after a spectacular bunt to start the game with a bang. The Andover Girls Softball team played Andover High School last Saturday on the home field. PA closed out the game in a quick seventh inning, continuing its undefeated season with a final score of 8-1. AHS started the game with smart batting, advancing runners to both first and second base with two consecutive bunts. PA’s starting pitcher, Michelle Hollebeke ’08, stopped Andover High’s momentum by successfully striking out the next two batters. In the bottom of the first inning, Maroney took first base. Captain Stephanie Clegg ’08 followed to first base and hit a fast grounder along the third base line, bringing Maroney all of the way through to home plate. Hollebeke then smashed a deep homerun beyond the left-field fence, increasing PA’s lead to 3-0. In the second inning, the PA girls played a strong defense and Hollebeke struck out two more batters. With the PA girls still holding on to the lead at 3-0, Nicole Duddy ’08 came up to bat in the bottom of the third inning. She singled with a deep shot into left field, and was pursued by Captain Stephanie Clegg ’08 and Megan Shea ’07, who each batted a single. The bases were loaded as Sarah Boylan ’09 came up to bat. Boylan brought Duddy and Captain Stephanie Clegg through the home plate with a deep ground-rule double to center field. In the top of the fourth, AHS started to bring themselves together as a team and improve its record of batting and defense. The first batter smacked the ball into left field and sprinted to first base. With help from her teammates, the AHS girl eventually scored a run for her team. When it was PA’s turn to bat, this run was answered when Cokorinos singled and Sara Ho’08 walked to first and stole second. Maroney was next, helping Cokorinos to score with a strong double. Captain Stephanie Clegg followed Maroney with another single, knocking Ho in to score. Captain Clegg scored the final run of the day in the seventh inning to close out the game 8-1. Andover faces New Hampton this Friday and the team hopes to sustain its undefeated record.