HARVARD — The Maynard softball team proved to be too tough as they pounced on Bromfield early, en route to a 19-1 win. The Tigers took control with three runs in the first inning and coasted as the Bromfield bats were silenced all afternoon by Allie Bradley, who tossed a complete-game two hitter.
In Maynard’s three runs first inning, they took advantage of a pair of walks as Bradley helped her own cause with s two-run single to center.
After Bradley retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, Maynard added two runs in the top of the second, aided by two Bromfield errors.
Bradley continued her dominance in the bottom of the inning by again retiring the side in order and Maynard scored twice in the third to increase the lead to 7-0.
There was fight in Bromfield however. Freshman pitcher Janet Sorrells completed her best inning in the fourth, ripping through the Lady Tigers. The first batter hit a hard grounder to Kailey Nelson at third, who made a great backhand stab and throw across the diamond to nab the Maynard batter. An error allowed the next Lady Tiger to reach base, but Sorrells was not fazed with runners on base as she painted the corners of the strike zone to pick up a strikeout. Next Sorrells induced a shallow fly ball that was caught in right by Olivia Rooney to end the inning.
Maynard bounced back with three runs in the fifth to extend the advantage to 10-0. The rally consisted of two singles, a double, an error and a walk.
Bromfield enjoyed a solid sixth inning, holding Maynard scoreless and breaking the ice offensively.
In the top of the sixth, Maynard picked up a leadoff singled. Maggie Thromen laced a double that appeared to produce a run, but a terrific relay from Rachel Strathdee to shortstop Julia Vasta to catcher Brittany Lee, who made a great tag at the plate. Sorrells then induced two groundouts to end the inning.
In the bottom of the frame the Lady Trojans would grab a run of their own. With one out, Nelson stepped to plate and launched a triple into the left-center gap, which broke up Bradley’s no-hit bid. Pesa attempted a suicide squeeze but the attempt was foiled when they caught the runner on third in a long pickle that resulted in an out. Pesa took second on the play, and she came around to score on a single by Vasta.
The seventh inning would be disastrous for Bromfield, as the Lady Tigers exploded for nine runs in the inning, fueled by seven walks, an error and four singles.
“We played well through six innings.” said coach Sue Silver after the game. “We just ran out of gas in the seventh, Janet is only a freshman and she got tired from having to throw so many pitches. We did not help her out by committing so many errors.”
For Bromfield Vasta had a good outing at shortstop and at the dish, driving in the lone Lady Trojan run. Defensively Jackie Lee turned in a defensive gem in center field, making a splendid over the shoulder catch to rob a Maynard hitter. Brittany Lee had a solid defensive game, catching a Lady Tiger stealing and blocking numerous pitches in the dirt.