GROTON — The Groton-Dunstable softball team has been setting new precedents all season. Their motto has been “we are hear to make noise” and make noise they have as they compiled 15 wins against a rugged schedule, eight via shutout, which is a team record.
They have also set a new mark for perfection, as ace pitchers Jess O’Sullivan and Kerry Alcott have both hurled perfect games this season.
O’Sullivan notched her clean slate on April 26 against Nashoba, striking out 12. Alcott didn’t allow a Littleton baserunner in a game that was shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. In that contest, she struck out seven Tigers.
“I have no doubt that Kerry would have been flawless in the sixth and seventh innings as well,” said coach Derek Asadoorian. “Those perfect games are the first in Groton-Dunstable history.”
They also mark the first perfect games for these hurlers, counting all the levels they have pitched at.
“I felt pretty good that day,” said O’Sullivan, a junior. “I think what was big for me was that I was hitting the corners really well.”
“I felt good going in,” said the senior captain Alcott. “The team’s energy was high and my curveball was really working well for me.”
“I think the key for both of them was their command.” said Asadoorian, “They did a nice job setting up hitters. But what was really big was their competitiveness. That is what got them through it. They easily could have let up, seeing as we were up big, but they wanted to finish it off.”
But for these aces, it was far from an individual accomplishment.
“This was very much a team thing.” agreed both O’Sullivan and Alcott. “For there to be a perfect game everyone has to be perfect that day. The defense has to be there too.”
Not only did they acknowledge that, they also felt that their accomplishment was enhanced because of the special season these Lady Crusaders are enjoying.
“Doing it with this team is special.” they both agreed.