St. Mary’s softball earned a tie for first place in the Catholic Central with Bishop Fenwick after senior Angela Dandreo delivered a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eight to drive in senior Brianna Holmes, defeating Arlington Catholic, 9-8.
Both teams combined for 23 hits as the offense dictated the course of the game.
“Late in the game we were hitting the ball really well,” said St. Mary’s head coach Colleen Newbury. “We made the sure the ball was down when we hit and overall there was really good base running. Little things like that really help you win games.”
The Cougars led early with a 4-1 lead at the end two innings after first baseman Briana Siciliano doubled to left center field to drive in senior second baseman Caitlyn Leddy and catcher Courtney Casey who had reached base on a pair of infield singles.
The Spartans answered back with a flurry of runs to lead 7-4 in the third inning. Sophomore pitcher Brooke L’Abby doubled to center field to drive in senior first baseman Angela Dandreo, who had walked to load the bases, and senior center fielder Sabrina Lannetti, who singled on a line drive to center field.
Junior left fielder Genevieve Benoit and freshman second baseman Jennie Mucchiaroni continued the Spartans’ offensive strike with a pair of RBIs to complete the inning.
The Spartans committed a series of infield errors in the top of the seventh and allowed Siciliano, who had doubled to lead off the inning, and Riccardi, who had singled to left field, to score and tie the game 8-8.
St. Mary’s (3-0) stayed resilient in extra innings due to their strong lineup of seniors that kept the team focused late into the game.
“We graduated 7 seniors last year and this group here has taken over,” said Newbury. “They have really done a great job leading in the dugout and in the huddle.”
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