Well placed bunts down the third baseline by Ann Doherty ’11 and wild pitches from the BB&N pitcher proved key factors in Andover Varsity Softball’s 12-2 victory over BB&N at home on Wednesday.
Co-Captain Shannon McSweeney ’11 said, “BB&N’s pitcher was tired out towards the end of the game, so we took advantage of that and kept producing runs.”
Kristin Mendez ’13 started off Andover’s rally in the second inning, leading off with a single and subsequently stealing second. Kayla Maloney ’13 drove Mendez in with a double.
Mendez said, “We did a really good job of getting ourselves out of innings defensively where we got into trouble and obviously capitalized on everything we could at the plate.”
Maloney also shone on the mound, giving Andover’s outfield an easy job, as she shut down BB&N’s batters in the third inning, letting no one on base.
Co-Captain Sarah Onorato ’11 said, “We’ve been working on Kayla’s change up a lot, and she looked great today, which is a good asset to have going forward and another pitch we can use to get batters out. Ann also had a great game with her key plays, but I was also impressed by how well she ran the bases for us.”
On Saturday, Onorato proved to be a big bat in Andover’s win against Tabor. In the home half of the sixth inning, Onorato hit a grand slam, clearing Co-Captain Shannon McSweeney ’11, Abby Chung ’13 and Mendez from the bases and solidifying a 10-1 victory. Also contributing to the win, Maloney hit her second homerun of the day and brought three runs in while Ann Doherty ’11 provided a two-RBI double boost in the fifth inning.
Onorato ’11 said, “We had a good rally going that inning and I really just wanted to keep it going. She gave me a low inside pitch and it didn’t really feel great off the bat, but I looked up and it was just long enough and high enough to clear the left field fence.”
While Andover had no trouble against Tabor, Cushing proved to be more of a challenge in the first game of the day, as Andover barely snuck out a 7-6 win in extra innings.
Andover looks to prepare for the Big East Tournament on May 21st and 22nd with its next two games against Lawrence Academy and Deefield this Friday and Saturday.