MAYNARD — Bromfield (3-4) bats struggled to find an answer for Maynard ace Emily McNulty who whirled a complete-game two-hitter to lead the Tigers past Bromfield, 6-0, Monday afternoon at Fowler Field.
Maynard used a four-run third inning to put the Trojan defense on its heels. Bromfield’s Kate Connors broke up McNulty’s no-hit bid in the fourth inning.
“You can’t walk the bottom two batters in the order and expect to come out of it unscathed,” Bromfield head coach Sue Silver said. “We are normally a very strong hitting team, but today our bats just did not show up to play.”
McNulty breezed through the top of the Bromfield lineup on just 10 pitches. Bromfield’s Colby Newsham and Casey Russell grounded out to second to end the inning.
Bromfield freshman pitcher Kiley Russell mowed down the Maynard lineup in order. Miley Russell induced a pop-out to shortstop and back-to-back strikeouts to retire the Tigers in order.
Bromfield junior Stacy Nelson worked a two-out walk in the top of the second to give the Trojans their first baserunner of the afternoon. Nelson showcased her speed and aggression on the basepaths.
Nelson swiped both second and third, but was left stranded when lefty batter Audrey Hettinger struck out to end the second.
Maynard put a runner on via a walk in the third inning, but nothing would come of it, as she was left at third. Kiley Russell struck out the final batter of the inning to keep the game scoreless heading into the third inning.
Liz Polimou worked a walk to start the inning, but she would not come across and score, as McNulty retired the next three Bromfield batters in order.
Maynard exploded for four runs on three hits in the third to take a commanding 4-0 advantage. Kiley Russell walked the bottom two batters in the Maynard order, which proved costly.
Maynard’s Hannah Coleman thumped a two-run double into deep left field. Then, Arianna LaPusata delivered a gap-shot to right-centerfield which also scored a run. The final two runs of the frame came on passed balls.
Bromfield tried to find an answer in the later innings, but McNulty continued to deal with a vengeance.
Connors broke up the no-hitter in the fourth inning with a one out blast up the middle. Connors connected with the full-count offering and later advanced to second on a passed ball. McNulty settled down to strike out the next Bromfield batter to retire the side.
Bromfield left fielder Colby Newsham made a highlight reel diving catch in the fifth inning for the final out, but the spark would not ignite the Trojan offense in the sixth.
Nelson added a slap single in the seventh inning to round out the hits for the Trojans.
“Usually we are crushing the ball,” Silver said. “We were just not into the game today for whatever reason. We will get there, hopefully. Today was just an off day. Stacy had a nice hit in the sixth inning for us. She’s a very fast runner, so if she makes contact, she has a chance to beat out just about anything.”
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