Willoughby does it all
Hurls complete game, collects two hits, four RBIs
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.
Colonel Richardson’s Morgan Willoughby pitched a complete game in Colonel’s 10-1 victory Tuesday at Cambridge-South Dorchester.