SOFTBALL

Silver Lake 9, Quincy 0

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013, at Kingston

Silver Lake softball coach Mike Brennan knew he had a strong pitcher in freshman Maddie Barone, who dominated the ranks for the Halifax Hurricanes All-Star team of the South Shore Softball League. What he didn’t know was how her past success would translate at the varsity level.Barone eased what little doubt Brennan had, pitching a complete game, two-hitter and striking out 11 to lift Silver Lake to a 9-0 win against visiting Quincy Tuesday.The freshman righthander also pitched a complete game, three-hitter in the season opener — an 11-1 win against Middleborough.In 14 innings, Barone has 22 strikeouts and allowed just five hits and no earned runs. “She’s the real deal,” Brennan said. “She’s so smooth on the mound. She pitched at such a high level up through her youth teams and she’s beaten teams from all over.”Catcher Alex Barone, Maddie’s sister, was unavailable because she was sick, and junior Ali Massey filled in. Brennan said he was impressed Maddie was able to pitch as well as she did to a new catcher.“It didn’t faze her at all,” Brennan said of Barone, whose fastball has been clocked at 63 miles per hour. No. 14 Silver Lake (4-0) led, 1-0, in the bottom of the third inning, and junior third baseman Abby Alexiades hit a two-run triple to make it 3-0.The Lakers put together six more runs, but Brennan said it wasn’t needed.“If we get one or two runs with Maddie pitching, it’s game over,” Brennan said. “I just had her throw the fastball and they weren’t coming close to her.”Barone also helped herself when she clobbered a solo home run in the fifth inning, her second homer in as many games.

 

Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 8:23 p.m.

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