Pleas­ants Day

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester High soft­ball pitcher Madi­son Pleas­ants did it all in her de­but for the Vik­ings.

The fresh­man pitched a com­plete-game shutout with 15 strike­outs and also belted a two-run homer over the cen­ter-field fence Mon­day, lead­ing the Vik­ings to an 11-3 vic­tory over North Dorch­ester.

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High soft­ball pitcher Madi­son Pleas­ants did it all in her de­but for the Vik­ings.

The fresh­man pitched a com­plete-game shutout with 15 strike­outs and also belted a two-run homer over the cen­ter-field fence Mon­day, lead­ing the Vik­ings to an 11-3 vic­tory over North Dorch­ester.

“Mad­die did an ex­cel­lent job today,” said Cam­bridge-SD head coach Ka­reem Otey. “She is very pow­er­ful. She is like a tank.

“She is so calm and col­lected on the mound and at the plate,” Otey added. “She hits her spots pitch­ing, mov­ing the ball around, and she crushes the ball at the plate. We are ex­cited to have her.”

The first 11 outs Pleas­ants recorded came via the strike­out. She al­lowed just four hits with only one run earned.

The Vik­ings gave Pleas­ants an early lead with three in the bot­tom of the first. Abby Robin­son reached on a lead­off bunt sin­gle and later scored on a throw­ing er­ror. Mad­di­son Led­num sin­gled and run­ner De­lanie Henry scored on the play af­ter a throw­ing er­ror for a 2-0 lead. Led­num scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.

The Ea­gles got a run back in the sec­ond, when Lily Allen scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 3-1. North Dorch­ester pitcher Leann As­plen got out of a two-on jam in the sec­ond in­ning with a strike­out and a ground out.

The Vik­ings went up 6-1 in the third in­ning. Henry sin­gled, then scored on a triple by Len­dum. Pleas­ants plated Led­num with an RBI sin­gle. Chloe War­rel then dou­ble to put run­ners on sec­ond and third. Adrienne Kane’s RBI sin­gle scored Pleas­ants to cap the three-run in­ning.

With two outs in the fourth, Pleas­ants crushed a pitch to deep cen­ter for her first-ca­reer home run to put CSD up 8-1.

An er­ror in the top of the fifth al­lowed Allen to score for the Ea­gles to cut the lead to 8-2. In the sixth in­ning, As­plen sin­gled to score Rachel Wind­sor to make it 8-3.

The Vik­ings an­swered with con­sec­u­tive RBI dou­bles by Led­num and Pleas­ants to in­crease the lead to 11-3.

Though she has a young team, Otey cred­its Led­num for help­ing the younger play­ers.

“Mad­die Led­num does a great job run­ning the in­field,” she said.

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ST. MICHAELS — Mad­die Led­num’s sin­gle scored De­lainey Henry from sec­ond, and Mad­die Pleas­ants fol­lowed with a two-run, in­side-the-park homer as the Vik­ings used a three-run eighth in­ning to clip the Saints on Wed­nes­day, March 28.

A fresh­man, Pleas­ants (2-0) pitched a com­plete game, al­low­ing two runs, seven hits and four walks to go with nine strike­outs. Pleas­ants went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, a run scored and one stolen base. Henry tripled and Led­num was 2 for 2 as Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester im­proved to 2-0.

McKenna Brown­ing (1-1) suf­fered the loss for St. Michaels (11), which scored one run in the bot­tom of the eighth.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester fresh­man pitcher Madi­son Pleas­ants struck out 15 bat­ters to earned a com­plete-game vic­tory in her high school de­but.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Madi­son Pleas­ants blasts a two-run homer run against North Dorch­ester Mon­day, March 26.

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