Including her first start of the season last week, Maloney has a career 0.70 era at Phillips, with a 25-4 record and 327 strikeouts. In her first two seasons, Maloney led her team to the Big East Invitational championship twice.
Winchester coach Steve Swymer also knows the importance of having an ace. As a sophomore, Smith, went 16-6. She opened her season last week with a 13-strikeout, 5-inning no-hitter against Watertown.
“Rachael makes everything fall into place,” he said. “She thrives in the pressure situation. The whole team behind her is relaxed. You play with a different attitude knowing that she is on the mound. To have someone like her. . . it doesn’t come around too often.”
Lowell baseball team off to a slow start
After earning the top seed in the Division 1 North tournament last season, the Lowell High baseball team allowed 14 runs in its first two games to stumble out to an 0-2 start. In his first start of the season, Vanderbilt-bound Lynn English lefty Ben Bowden fanned 15 batters while allowing only two hits against Salem in a 7-1 victory.
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