Vikes rally vs. county foes; Bleyer goes distance
Swann, Seabrease drive in a pair each
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.
Cambridge-SD’s Alyssa Swann rips an RBI Tuesday. Swann went 3-for-4 with two RBIs
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