He knew both teams would make the routine plays - they each had too much talent not to. Instead, Silver Lake softball coach Tony Pina knew the battle between his Lakers and Bridgewater-Raynham would be determined by which team made the biggest plays at the right time. Friday afternoon, Pina’s 12th-ranked Lakers took that message and rode a trio of opportunistic moments to topple the top-ranked Trojans. Aided by clutch fielding from senior captain Kendra Carley and freshman Emily Critch, Maddy Barone continued her dazzling sophomore campaign in the circle as Silver Lake took a 3-2 decision on the Trojan’s home diamond. Critch got things going early for the Lakers (9-0), launching a two-run shot in the first. “I think going into the game we felt it was important to jump on them early,” said Pina. “They’re a team that has rarely played form behind. We thought that would be important; we just didn’t know it would happen so quickly.” The potent Trojan offense quickly began chipping into the Laker lead. After an unearned run scored in the second, Barone allowed her first earned run all season in the third as Bridgewater-Raynham knotted the game at 2. But the senior made up for it in the fifth, leading off the inning with a shot to center field that cleared the fence and reclaimed a one-run lead for the Lakers. Carley, a senior captain, then robbed a potential game-tying home run in center field in the bottom of the sixth before tumbling over the centerfield wall. “That was probably the best catch I’ve ever seen in a softball game – in any kind of game,” said Pina. Part of me thinks she completely forgot about the fence and went after the ball. That’s the kind of play a senior captain in a big game needs to make.” With the Trojans threatening one last time in the bottom of the seventh, Critch turned a clutch double play to clear the basepaths.
Silver Lake 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 2
Friday, Apr. 25, 2014, at Bridgewater
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:23 p.m.