Onorato ’11 Hits for the Cycle

Dominant performances from Co-Captain Sarah Onorato ’11 who hit for the cycle and pitcher and Abby Chung ’13, who gave up just two hits in her four and one-third innings and contributed two RBIs on offense propelled Andover Softball to a 10-4 victory over the Middlesex School. Onorato completed the cycle with a triple in her fourth at-bat after hitting a single, double and home run in her three previous at-bats, finishing with an outstanding four-hit, two-RBI performance. She said, “Hitting for the cycle was pretty cool, it’s something I’ve never done before. I was trying to make good contact and it just happened to work out this game.” Chung also added three hits and 2-RBIs in addition to her accomplishments on the mound, pitching her first win of the season by striking out four, walking three and giving up just two hits in four and one-third innings. After three scoreless innings, Chung stepped down to allow Laura Ippolito ’14 her varsity debut on the mound. Kasey Hartung ’14 also made her varsity debut in the game and registered her first hit of the season, a line drive to the opposite field in the seventh inning. Right fielder Kristin Mendez ’13 earned her spot at the number two slot of the batting lineup after being moved up from the number six spot, going two for three with one RBI. Left fielder Mackenzie Skwierczynski ’12 caught fire and racked up two hits and an RBI of her own while Caitlin Clancy ’13 smashed two triples to deep left field. Co-Captain Shannon McSweeney ’11 drove in two runs with her first hit of the season, a single back up the middle of the field. After establishing a significant lead, the entire Andover roster got to see some action. Coach Drench said, “The weather has made it harder for teams to get going this spring, so having a day when every player could get into a game was important for us. Seeing Sarah hit for the cycle was something while, at the other end of the experience spectrum, watching our two juniors come through was also satisfying.” Co-Captain Onorato said, “Middlesex gave us a good chance to get everyone some time and to work on some basics. It’s too bad we were rained out Saturday because we really could have used our momentum from the Middlesex game in that doubleheader.”