Night and Day: Girls Softball Performances Yield Big Win and Big Losses

Tired but overjoyed, Co-Captain Ravenne Nasser ’15 walked off Isham field with a grin on her face on Thursday, April 17.

On offense, the ace righty went 3-3 at the plate with a RBI. On defense, Nasser recorded 100 pitches en route to a one hit performance over seven dominant innings against a previously undefeated St. Paul’s team in a 9-2 win for Andover Softball.

“Once I got in the groove, I just felt good and was trying to have a good time,” said Nasser.

Andover’s offense came alive, throwing up nine runs in support of Nasser, who struck out nine. Nasser continued, “I think it was really the change in speed that worked well. I threw a lot of changeups, and they just didn’t seem to adjust.”

Nasser’s spectacular performance was slightly marred by St. Paul’s only hit of the day, a two-run homer in the sixth inning that robbed her of a shutout.

Victoria Bergeron ’16 was also a force to be reckoned with. She added three hits of her own to the balanced offensive attack, plating Nasser and chipping in with strong play at shortstop.

Bergeron’s display on Thursday was consistent with the last few games, as she has established herself as an offensive leader. The Thursday matchup was her second multi-hit game in a row. “Initially, I was getting underneath the ball a lot, and it was super frustrating,” said Bergeron. “I’ve been working with Coach [Sarah] Boylan a lot on not dropping my hands and bringing them directly to the ball. It feels good that the hard work in practice is paying off and translating in games.”

Andover’s offense came from everywhere. Jen Kaplan ’15 added two hits of her own, as did EJ Kim ’15, one of which was a slap single that sparked a seven-run third inning. Catcher Erica Shin ’16 ripped an RBI double, and outfielder Antonia Tammaro ’17 poked a two run single.

Despite the sparkling performance Thursday, Andover entered into the weekend flat and fell short, dropping a double header to North Reading High School.

“No one was hustling or talking; it was just ugly,” said Nasser, who toed the rubber for the first game.

She turned in another fine start, striking out 13 batters and walking one, but was stuck with a tough 3-2 loss, the product of shoddy defense and a lack of offensive support. Andover compounded the loss in second game, getting off to a sluggish start as North Reading tacked on five runs in the first, aided by two Andover errors. Kaplan pitched grittily, battling North Reading and giving up many unearned runs, but her effort wasn’t enough. Andover fell 10-0 by way of the mercy rule, ending the weekend on a sour note.

Nasser said, “We are going to have to work ridiculously hard. We are a young team, and we are going to have to improve quickly and play scrappy to get some ‘W’s.”