Er­rors do in Clip­pers vs. sec­ond-place Pa­tri­ots

Soft­ball

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - bm­c­gair@paw­tuck­et­times.com By BREN­DAN McGAIR Fol­low Bren­dan McGair on Twit­ter @BWMcGair03

WAR­WICK – The Cum­ber­land High soft­ball team learned a valu­able les­son on Thurs­day

You can’t give teams – es­pe­cially good ones – ex­tra outs to work with. The mis­takes you make will only come back to haunt you.

Such was the case as Pil­grim walked off with a 2-1 win. Cait­lyn Fal­lon de­liv­ered a line drive base hit into left that chased home Dy­onna Ro­das from sec­ond base with no outs in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

Ro­das reached on one of three er­rors com­mit­ted by the Clip­pers, now 7-6 in Divi­sion I. Two of those mis­cues re­sulted in the two runs the Pa­tri­ots (11-2) would need en route to pick­ing up their sixth straight win. Pil­grim’s first run was pro­duced by a sac­ri­fice fly with the bases loaded by Madi­son Dam­ato. The run could be traced back to a Cum­ber­land er­ror that led off the sec­ond in­ning.

“Both of the runs were un­earned, but it hap­pens,” said CHS head coach Marty Crow­ley.

The Clip­pers did turn in some nice plays de­fen­sively. Makayla Chan­dler made a pair of ac­ro­batic catches in right field while Hai­ley Bal­lou made a nice pick at short­stop in the fourth in­ning that kept Cum­ber­land’s deficit at one run.

On the plus side, Crow­ley may have found an ad­di­tional run for the stretch drive in Olivia Badeau. The fresh­man drew the start and al­lowed just one un­earned run in four in­nings. Badeau es­caped a bases-loaded jam in the first and fin­ished with one strike­out com­pared to two walks – none com­ing af­ter the first in­ning.

Badeau was in the cir­cle when Cum­ber­land’s game against North Prov­i­dence was halted ear­lier in the week. The ninth grader also saw time in the cir­cle in a non-league game against Prout last month.

“She was ab­so­lutely. out­stand­ing for us to­day,” Crow­ley said. “She did ev­ery­thing that was asked of her. We couldn’t be hap­pier.”

In­juries have left the Clip­pers with just one ex­pe­ri­enced pitcher in se­nior and Bryant Univer­sity signee Jo­ce­lyn Bod­ing­ton, who re­lieved Badeau in the fifth in­ning. Bod­ing­ton pitched three in­nings with three strike­outs and three walks.

“If we need her, we’ll throw her,” said Crow­ley when asked if he planned to use Badeau again.

Cum­ber­land tied the game in the fifth as Han­nah LaRose scored on a wild pitch. The Clip­pers had run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion with one out but could only pro­duce the one run against Fal­lon, the Pil­grim pitcher who fin­ished with 10 strike­outs.

The Clip­pers had a golden chance to take the lead in the sixth as Alexan­dra Pina led off with a dou­ble, but Fal­lon re­tired the next three. Cum­ber­land fin­ished with just four hits.

“We’ve got to go back and work on our ex­e­cu­tion,” Crow­ley said. “It’s tough. We’re in a stretch of play­ing games and not prac­tic­ing and it’s start­ing to af­fect us now.”

The Clip­pers have three games re­main­ing be­fore the play­offs. The first one takes place Fri­day af­ter­noon against North Prov­i­dence.

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