C-SD 7 — Colonel 6 CAMBRIDGE — After leading by four runs in the sixth inning Thursday, March 31, Cambridge-South Dorchester High’s softball team found itself down a run in extra innings.
Viking senior Kaylie Seabrease stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth and ripped the first pitch to right for a double that scored Katie Smith from second to tie the game. Two batters later, Seabrease dashed home on a wild pitch to score the winning run for a dramatic 7-6 victory over Colonel Richardson.
“Seabrease, being a four-year varsity starter, we can always count on her to come through with the hits and make big plays with the glove,” said Vikings head coach Kareem Otey after the Vikings improved to 3-0 overall, 2-0 North Bayside. “Her baserunning is phenomenal. As long as she gets on base, we know she is going to make something happen. She was huge for us today at the plate and in the field.
“I am really proud and impressed with my girls with how they just kept going from the first inning to the eighth inning,” Otey added. “They just never stopped. They just never quit. We knew going into this game that Colonel is a really good team, their coaches are great and they never, ever give up.
“We had a feeling it was going to be a fight, even before the game started,” she said. “We knew we had to bring our A-game. Defensively, we did a great job. Offensively, we were hitting really well. Put those two together, and we just happened to come out on top today.”
Freshman Maddie Lednum (10) picked up the win in relief of Viking ace Paige Bleyer. Colonel’s Gabby Galante took the loss, giving up seven runs — four earned — 10 hits while striking out four in a complete-game effort.
Lednum came on in relief with the bases loaded and one out in a tie game in the top of the eighth. Colonel’s Corryn Johansen laid down a bunt that sent Jennifer Larrimore bolting home from third. Lednum fielded the ball and fired to catcher Karli Lewis for the force just before Larrimore touched the plate.
Colonel (3-2, 1-1) got its first lead at 6-5 when Lednum walked Jazmine Brooks (3 for 4, three stolen bases, two runs, RBI) to force in a run. Lednum got out of the jam by getting Galante to fly out to left.
“Maddie, might be a freshman, but she definitely has the skills of a veteran player,” Otey said. “I’m just really impressed with how she kept her composure and came in to finish the game for us. Her future is bright with us.”
Lednum (2 for 3, RBI) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a rocket single to right, scoring Bleyer for a 1-0 lead. The Vikings took a 2-0 lead when Alyssa Swann scored on an error.
Bleyer shut down most of the Colonel hitters in the first four innings, except Brooks and Galante (2 for 3, two RBIs). Brooks got her second hit in the top of the fourth, stole second and scored on Galante’s single to make it 2-1. Bleyer induced two pop ups and got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Vikings got two runs back, when Smith drew a two-out walk and scored on a triple by Seabrease (2 for 4, two RBIs). Lewis (2 for 4, RBI) made it 4-1 when she ripped a single to left to plate Seabrease.
“Karli, also a four-year starting senior, did a great job behind the plate,” Otey said. “She got some big hits for us today.”
Cambridge-SD increased its lead to 5-1 in the fifth when Lednum scored on an error.
“Early on, we got down, and we didn’t do enough things right to help ourselves out,” Colonel head coach Brett Ireland said. “We got to do a better job early on, staying in.
“We certainly have to have a better approach at the plate early on,” he added. “Once we started taking pitches, we worked some counts and put some good swings on the ball. Give Cambridge a lot of credit. They got the best of us today.”
Down 5-1 in the sixth may shake some teams, but Colonel Richardson has shown more than once this year no lead is safe. Just seven days ago, the Colonels erased a 5-0 deficit to stun Queen Anne’s 8-5.
With one out, back-to-back singles by Galante and Morgan Willoughby, and a walk by Kaylie Moore loaded the bases. Larrimore, Camryn Plugge and Madison Bee each drew bases-loaded walks to cut the lead to 5-4.
In the seventh, Brooks led off with a single, stole her third base, then advanced to third on an overthrow. Galante tied the score with a sacrifice fly, plating Brooks.
Colonel nearly took the lead two batters later when Moore blasted a pitch to deep left with Willoughby on first. But Viking left fielder Regan Jones made a diving catch for the second out before Bleyer got an inning-ending fly out to center.
“We certainly showed a lot of heart and stayed in the game,” Ireland said. “Once they got up to five, we held them there to give us a chance to come back. When you are always fighting from behind, and you feel like you are always down, that adds a lot of pressure. It is easier to play with the lead and put the pressure on them.
“Luckily, we can put this one be- hind us and play again tomorrow,” he added. “We have lost two one- run ballgames. We are not doing enough of the little things con- sistently yet. Until we start doing the little things that add up to big pieces, then we will really make
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Maddie Lednum rips an RBI single to right against Colonel Richardson Thursday, March 31.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Karli Lewis rips an RBI sin- gle to left against Colonel Richardson Thursday, March 31.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Katie Smith rips a single to center against Colonel Richardson Thursday, March 31.