Wil­loughby does it all

Hurls com­plete game, col­lects two hits, four RBIs

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Colonel Richard­son High’s Mor­gan Wil­loughby did just about ev­ery­thing in the 10-1 vic­tory over Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester Tues­day, April 18. The se­nior right-han­der pitched a com­plete game with seven strike­outs. She fielded. She put field­ers in po­si­tion. She had two hits with four RBIs and scored a run. The only thing Wil­loughby didn’t do was walk any­one.

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Colonel Richard­son High’s Mor­gan Wil­loughby did just about ev­ery­thing in the 10-1 vic­tory over Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester Tues­day, April 18.

The se­nior right-han­der pitched a com­plete game with seven strike­outs. She fielded. She put field­ers in po­si­tion. She had two hits with four RBIs and scored a run. The only thing Wil­loughby didn’t do was walk any­one.

“Mor­gan was mag­nif­i­cent to­day,” Colonel head coach Brett Ire­land said. “She did it all. She pitched a great game. Gave us some big hits to get us ahead. That is the type of player she is.

“She threw strikes and hit her spots,” Ire­land added. “It is easy to call pitches with her spot­ting the ball the way she did.”

Wil­loughby (4-1) also got plenty of help from her team­mates. Catcher Me­gan Stubbs made a key tag at the plate for an out in the third in­ning.

Cam­ryn Plugge had a big dou­ble to start a five-run third in­ning. Gabby Galante scored three times. Kaylie Moore had seven as­sists at short­stop, and drove in two runs. And Rea­gan Tull had two hits and two RBIs.

“We came out hit­ting,” Ire­land said. “At the plate, the girls swung at good pitches all day. We got our pitches to hit and took ad­van­tage.

“Me­gan caught a good game,” he added. “De­fen­sively we played re­ally well. Kaylie played an­other great game at short­stop.”

Fac­ing Vik­ings fresh­man pitcher Paige Phillips, the Colonels (9-2 over­all, 3-1 North Bay­side) jumped ahead 2-0 in the first in­ning. Moore sin­gled to load the bases with one out. Wil­loughby plated Plugge with a sin­gle, then Galante scored on a throw­ing er­ror for a 2-0 lead. On the same play, Moore at­tempted to score, but was called out on the close play with the tag from Cam­bridge-SD catcher Ariah Matos.

Phillips then got out of the in­ning with a strike­out.

Wil­loughby cruised in her open­ing in­ning, strik­ing out two and in­duc­ing a line-out to Tull in right field. Phillips kept the Colonels off the score­board in the sec­ond, and Wil­loughby went 1-2-3 in the Vik­ings’ at bat.

Plugge be­gan the third by blast­ing a dou­ble into the left­field gap. She scored on an RBI sin­gle by Moore. Wil­loughby plated Galante and Moore for a 5-0 when she ripped a sin­gle up the mid­dle.

A sin­gle by Jennifer Lar­ri­more and an er­ror loaded the bases for Tull who walked to drive in a run. Me­gan Stubbs made it 7-0 when she plated Lar­ri­more on a fielder’s choice.

Wil­loughby got a big shut­down in­ning. Phillips reached on a bunt sin­gle, then ad­vanced on a sac­ri­fice bunt. An over­throw al­lowed Phillips to race to third and at­tempt to score. But Plugge fired home to Me­gan Stubbs, who tagged Phillips for the sec­ond out. Wil­loughby ended the in­ning with a strike­out.

The Colonels added two more runs in the fourth. Galante sin­gled and scored on Moore’s sin­gle. Wil­loughby knocked in Moore with a fielder’s choice for a 9-0 lead.

The Vik­ings (3-8, 0-3) threat­ened their next time up when Mad­di­son Led­num (2 for 3, two dou­bles) dou­bled off the fence, and ad­vanced to third on Emily Keener’s sin­gle. But Wil­loughby got out of the in­ning, in­duc­ing a line-out to Moore at short.

“We had some er­rors to­day, and we didn’t hit very well to get us go­ing,” said Cam­bridge-SD head coach Ka­reem Otey. “We are just go­ing to keep work­ing to get bet­ter.”

In the fifth, the Vik­ings got a run­ner in scor­ing po­si­tion on a triple by Sab­rina McKelvey. Ini­tially ruled out at third af­ter out­fielder An­nie Har­ris and Moore con­nected on a su­perb re­lay to third base­man Lar­ri­more, the umpires over­turned the call and ruled McKelvey was safe.

The changed did not af­fect Wil­loughby as she needed one pitch to in­duce ground­out to end the in­ning.

The Colonels went ahead 10-0 in the sixth on Tull’s RBI sin­gle. Cam­bridge-SD an­swered with a dou­ble off the fence by Led­num and an RBI sin­gle by Keener to make the score 10-1.

“It was great to come out and get up early by pil­ing on runs,” Ire­land said. “Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Mor­gan Wil­loughby pitched a com­plete game in Colonel’s 10-1 vic­tory Tues­day at Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester.

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