Logic dictates that Silver Lake softball’s long-standing Patriot League winning streak will come to a end at some point. Unfortunately for Plymouth North that point would not be Wednesday night at Henry Cryer Field as the Lakers scored three runs in the sixth inning to secure a 4-3 win over the Eagles.
PLYMOUTH – Logic dictates that Silver Lake softball’s long-standing Patriot League winning streak will come to a end at some point. Unfortunately for Plymouth North that point would not be Wednesday night at Henry Cryer Field as the Lakers scored three runs in the sixth inning to secure a 4-3 win over the Eagles.
The loss leaves North still two wins short of securing a playoff spot as they dropped to 9-6 with seven games still left on the schedule.
The Eagles gave Silver Lake a scare by playing nearly flawless defense and jumping on a couple of Laker errors in the bottom of the first to take an early 3-0 lead.
With one out, Emma Healy walked and Julia Zaniboni reached base when her fly ball to right field was dropped. With runners at second and third, Ellie Giuliani cleaned things up with a two-run single. North added another run later in the inning when an overthrow from the outfield allowed Giuliani to come around to score.
After getting out of the first inning without further incident, Silver Lake pitcher Brenna Welch held the Eagles scoreless the rest of the way. She allowed only four singles over the final six innings, never allowing a runner to get beyond second base.
North starter Faith Whalen struck out two and got some great help from her fielders with 13 fly ball outs.
Silver Lake got a run back in the third inning. Izzy Ruprecht led off the inning with a single, stole second and came home on a single by Hannah Mitchell.
The Lakers finally broke through with three runs in the top of the sixth powered by three singles and a pair of doubles. Pinch-hitter Bri Belfort singled home a run to cut the lead to 3-2 and then Ari Slyvester completed the comeback with a two-run double.
The Blue Eagles took on Duxbury Thursday and traveled to Hingham for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday. From there, North will move on to finish the regular season with games against Bridgewater-Raynham (May 21), Notre Dame Academy (May 22 and May 30), Hanover (May 24) and finally Silver Lake June 1.
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