FALMOUTH — Falmouth stitched together a big inning at just the right time Friday to hand Greely its first softball loss of the season.
The Yachtsmen sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the third inning for an 11-7 victory.
The game was played in a drizzle and both starting pitchers struggled with control.
Falmouth freshman Julia Treadwell, who threw a five-inning no-hitter in her last start, allowed six earned runs in three-plus innings. She gave up five hits, striking out four, walking five, hitting a batter and uncorking three wild pitches.
Alexa Sullivan, making her first start of the season, ran into control problems in the third when she walked four and hit two batters.
“It was tough for the pitchers today,” Falmouth Coach Ray Fox said. “Those pitchers are good pitchers but they were wild. … We were constantly changing balls and stuff. It was tough (for them) to get their grip.”
The Yachtsmen (5-1) came through with clutch hits in the third inning to take a 9-3 lead. Krycia Lesniak slammed a two-run double and Emily Beaulieu hit a two-run single. Maddie Rouhana and Amanda Carver added run-producing singles.
“I knew they were going to hit and I knew we were going to hit as well,” Fox said. “We’re a good hitting team. We’re capable of putting some crooked numbers up.”
Greely Coach Jessica Brady said the cold damp weather wasn’t why the Rangers (5-1) lost.
“We’re not playing well together,” she said. “I keep telling them we have all the right pieces. They’re just not in the right place. We’re not putting it all together. We’re winning games but we’re still not playing as well as we should be.
“We didn’t hit the ball that well today. We let a lot of strikes go by. We didn’t put the ball in play and that’s what you need to do. We didn’t test their defense. We didn’t make them make any plays.”
The Yachtsmen did turn one outstanding defensive play, after Elyse Dinan led off the sixth with a single, her fourth hit of the game. Mykala Twitchell followed with a fly ball deep into the gap in right to drive in the run but was called out on a close play at the plate on a strong relay throw from Rouhana, a freshman shortstop, while trying to stretch her triple.
“You learn something from every loss, I think, but the girls are not putting it all together,” Brady said. “Hopefully this is a wake-up call.”
Fox was happy to see his team rally after falling behind early in the game.
“Last year we had trouble when something bad happened,” he said. “We imploded. We’re staying tight right now and we’re improving every day. It was a tough, tough game and we showed some toughness today.”
Carver pitched four innings of four-hit, one-run relief to pick up her third win of the season.
Dinan, who tripled twice, drove in three runs and scored three runs.