Vikes rally vs. county foes; Bleyer goes dis­tance

Swann, Seabrease drive in a pair each

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

Cam­bridge-SD 8 North Dorch­ester 4 CAM­BRIDGE — The bats for Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s soft­ball team came alive at key mo­ments Tues­day, as the Vik­ings ral­lied for an 8-4 vic­tor y over county ri­val North Dorch­ester.

The Vik­ings (2-0 over­all, 1-0 North Bay­side) were led by Alyssa Swann (3 for 4) and Kaylie Seabrease (2 for 3), who each tripled and knocked in two runs. Se­nior Karli Lewis’ RBI sin­gle in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning put Cam­bridge-SD ahead for good at 5-4.

Vik­ing se­nior ace Paige Bleyer im­proved to 2-0 with a com­plete game ef­fort. North Dorch­ester pitcher Brooke Mor­ton (1-2) went the dis­tance and matched Bleyer for much of the game un­til the Vik­ings pulled away late.

The Ea­gles (1-2, 0-1) took leads in the first and third in­nings, but Swann an­swered in the bot­tom of each in­ning with key two-out, run-scor­ing hits. The first, a bul­let sin­gle up the mid­dle, drove in Seabrease to tie the score at 1-1. The sec­ond time, Swann hit a rocket into the right-field gap for a triple to plate Bleyer and cut the Ea­gles’ lead to 4-3.

“Alyssa played an out­stand­ing game,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Ka­reem Otey said. “Early this year, we’ve strug­gled at the plate, but Alyssa stepped up with two huge two-out hits to score runs when we were down early.

“She had a great day in a field with four as­sists at sec­ond base,” Otey added. “Alyssa was a big part of today’s win.”

North Dorch­ester show­cased a lot of con­fi­dence at the plate to the de­light of Ea­gles head coach Carol Hub­bard. The Ea­gles jumped to a 1-0 lead when fresh­man Keirstyn Hassler ripped the game’s first pitch into the right­field gap for a triple, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Vik­ings took a 2-1 lead in the bot­tom of the in­ning on Emily Keener’s RBI sin­gle.

The Ea­gles ral­lied to take a 4-2 lead in the third, scor­ing all three runs with two outs. Maddi Nos­sick reached on an er­ror and scored on Brooke Hard­ing’s dou­ble to deep left field. Au­tumn Hassler plated Hard­ing when she reached on an er­ror. Brooke Abey capped the in­ning with an RBI sin­gle to cen­ter.

“I’m very proud of the way the girls hit the ball,” Hub­bard said. “I said from the very be­gin­ning of the sea­son that was go­ing to be our make-or-break thing. We just have to have the con­fi­dence go­ing up to the plate, and today we did.

“Hav­ing a lot of big hits against a pitcher the cal­iber of Paige will help grow that con­fi­dence,” she added. “We had sev­eral ex­tra­base hits today, which helped us open up a lead. In­stead of hav­ing to get three or four hits to get a run, we have hit­ters that can find gaps to get mul­ti­ple runs with one swing.”

With the Vik­ings trail­ing 4-3 in the fourth, Mor­ton got a strike­out to start the in­ning, gave up a triple to Re­gan Jones, be­fore record­ing a sec­ond strike­out.

Seabrease then belted a 1-2 pitch for a dou­ble to left to score Jones and tie the game at 4-4. Lewis fol­lowed with a sin­gle to right that plated Seabrease for a 5-4 Vik­ings lead.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-SD’s Alyssa Swann rips an RBI Tues­day. Swann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs

triple against North Dorch­ester on

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