KINGSTON — The Lynn Babe Ruth 14-year-old softball all-stars played two games Friday in the first day of pool play at the New England Regionals and the only thing the two games had in common was the fact Lynn won both.
In the first game against the Attack from Dover, N.H., Lynn pounded out 16 hits and put 13 runs on the board in the first inning en route to a 27-7 win. The game only went four innings.
Game 2 was a different story. Lynn faced the Lamprey Lightning, also out of New Hampshire, and although Lynn won 6-1, it was a battle. Lamprey Lightning pitcher Mikayla Makepeace had Lynn stymied for the first four innings. She struck out 10 through four innings and scattered three hits that didn’t come back to haunt her.
Lynn finally started to get to her in the top of the fifth inning when Alaina Gridley walked, Ashley Wojewodzic singled and pitcher Johnna Lee Calder walked. Gridley scored on Wojewodzic’s single, Wojewodzic came home on a wild pitch and Calder scored on a groundout by Shannon Magner.
When Lynn started making noise again in the top of the sixth, Makepeace departed and reliever Cassidy O’Dwyer stepped in. O’Dwyer was throwing hard, but Lynn seemed to be hitting its stride. Wojewodzic, who went 3-for-3, knocked in two runs on a single and Calder plated one more on a ground ball to second. Earlier in that inning, Ally Dunnigan had walked and Madison Angelli, on a heads-up play, reached on a dropped third strike to put a few ducks on the pond for Wojewodzic and Calder.
Lamprey River, which draws players from five New Hampshire towns, including Raymond and Epping, scored its only run in the second on a walk and RBI single.
The story for Lynn in the second game was Calder. The soon-to-be eighth-grader went the distance, striking out 12 and allowing only four hits and walking three.
“She’s a good little pitcher,” Lynn manager Paul DeJoie said. “She’s young. She’s only 13 and in the eighth grade. She’s got three pitches that work and she’s working on a fourth and fifth. Today her changeup was devastating.”
In the first game of the day, Lynn came out swinging. After a strikeout to start the game, No. 2 hitter Michelle Scuzzarella singled and then showed off some speed by capitalizing on two errors on the play to reach third. She ended up scoring on a passed ball.
Things went from bad to worse for Dover that inning. With two outs, Lynn managed to put another 12 runs on the board. Dunnigan, who was pitching, helped the cause with a two-run home run that inning and the second time through the order, Magner (home run, double, 3 RBI) cracked a two-run home run over the centerfielder’s head.
Lynn put up three runs in the second inning and 11 in the third to put the game away.
Emma DeJoie finished with three hits and two runs scored; other contributors included Scuzzarella (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI); Courtney Braswell (4 hits, 3 runs, RBI); Jessica DeJoie (hit, 4 runs); Dunnigan (home run, 2 RBI); Gridley (single, triple, 3 RBI); Tiana Evelyn (2 walks, 2 runs) and Lindsey Tobin (2 hits, run).
Lynn has one more pool game remaining. Four teams will advance to a double elimination round.