War­riors put Vik­ings away with late push

Eas­ton plates three runs in the sixth, back­ing solid out­ings by Elzey, Ko­lakowski

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — A pair of left­ies and a pair of home runs were all the War­riors needed Thurs­day af­ter­noon, al­though three runs in the sixth in­ning def­i­nitely didn’t hurt.

Eas­ton High’s soft­ball team handed Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester its sec­ond di­vi­sional loss of the sea­son, nurs­ing a 2-1 lead into the sixth in­ning be­fore pulling away for a 5-1 vic­tory.

Sopho­more left-han­der Pey­ton Elzey didn’t al­low an earned run in 5 1/3 in­nings of work, and ju­nior left-han­der Joy Ko­lakowski took over from there, as the duo com­bined to leave 10 Vik­ing run­ners stranded.

Elzey also home­red with one out in the first in­ning to open the War­riors’ scor­ing. Kate Miles belted a solo homer in the third and Tori Weems added a two-run double in the sixth.

With the win, Eas­ton im­proved to 11-4 over­all, 5-3 in the North Bay­side divi­sion with two reg­u­lar-sea­son games re­main­ing.

“They played as a team and they came back from any mis­takes that they made,” War­riors co-coach Kur­isha Hoff­man said. “They didn’t give up af­ter be­ing down

1-0 in the first in­ning. They fought all the way through to en­sure the win.”

The Vik­ings’ loss, com­bined with a win by un­de­feated St. Michaels, added up to the Saints clinch­ing the North Bay­side ti­tle for the first time in pro­gram his­tory.

Cam­bridge-SD (12-4, 6-2) scored its lone run in the first in­ning. Karli Lewis opened the game with a walk and later scored on a two-out field­ing er­ror by the War­riors.

Elzey’s solo blast, over the right-cen­ter fence, off Vik­ings pitcher Paige Bleyer, tied the game at 1-1 af­ter one in­ning.

On the mound, Elzey re­tired the side in or­der in the sec­ond, her best in­ning, with a pair of strike­outs. She fin­ished with seven Ks.

Lewis (2-for-3) dou­bled to right-cen­ter with one out in the third. With two outs, Bleyer grounded a sin­gle through the right side and stole sec­ond un­con­tested. But Elzey was able to in­duce a pop out to end the threat.

Eas­ton then went ahead to stay when Miles blasted her two-out homer, well over the fence in left, to make it 2-1 af­ter three in­nings.

Cam­bridge’s Kaylie Seabrease reached base on an er­ror to open the fourth, but ended up stranded at third. The Vik­ings loaded the bases with three con­sec­u­tive sin­gles with one out in the fifth, but couldn’t push any runs across. Elzey snagged a line drive for the sec­ond out, and Weems, play­ing sec­ond base, gloved a soft liner to end the threat.

An er­ror, a walk, a wild pitch, and a stolen base put two Vik­ings in scor­ing po­si­tion with one out in the sixth. Ko­lakowski then took the mound and got a strike­out and a soft-liner to third for the third out.

“Pey­ton held hers and Joy came in to fin­ish it. It’s a good com­bi­na­tion,” War­riors co-coach Jen Pow­ell said.

The War­riors made it eas­ier for Ko­lakowski with three runs in the bot­tom of the sixth. Kas­sidy Wil­lis and Ty John­son sin­gled. With two outs, Weems lofted a deep fly to cen­ter that picked up some wind and sailed over the cen­ter fielder’s head for her two-run double. Weems then came home on a sin­gle to left by ninth-place hit­ter Lexie Ket­ter­ing to make it 5-1.

“It’s good to see that when the top isn’t nec­es­sar­ily pro­duc­ing what we need them to pro­duce that the bot­tom can pick up the slack and re­ally come through,” said Hoff­man. “It’s good to know that we are start­ing to get solid all the way through our lineup. That can be a ma­jor threat in the fu­ture.”

The War­riors com­mit­ted their fifth er­ror in the top of the sev­enth to al­low a base run­ner with one out, but Ko­lakowski ended the game with a strike­out and a ground out.

“We just left too many run­ners on,” Vik­ings head coach Ka­reem Otey said. “If we could have got the timely hits that we needed, with the bases loaded or the two in­nings that we had two on, it may have been a dif­fer­ent ball­game. But that’s the way the cookie crum­bles.”


Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Paige Bleyer runs to first base for an in­field hit in the fifth in­ning Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Eas­ton.

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