Published April 19, 2019
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE—The Melrose High school girl’s picked up their first win of the season in a 15-5 thumping of Malden on April 10 at Pine Banks Park.
Hurler Jill Stone picked up the win and had plenty of support behind the plate thanks to her own hitting plus the work of Grace Solomon and Sofia George. “The bats were on fire,” confirms head coach Kelly O’Neill. “All three had great games for us.”
Newly named captain Rebecca Dumont is bringing much to the field this year. “Rebecca was recently named captain due to her leadership on and off the field,” says O’Neill. “She plays tournament ball on the offseason and has the potential for college ball. We’re lucky to have her.”
Melrose was pitted against a brutal schedule to start the season, including three games in three days during their opening week, against tough teams like Everett and Lexington (both losses) but sandwiched in there was this quality win over Malden.
While Melrose was shutout against Lexington on April 11, the game was not without highlight, that included relief pitching done by newcomer Clara Martin, who made the most of her minutes in two innings of relief with just three hits and no walks. “We’re excited that Clara got a chance to get into the game,” says the coach. “It was a big step and a great test to handle pressure. She pitched really well. We’re looking forward to her contributing to the program.”
Some dazzling play was performed by Melrose’s Sofia Centrella, who made two “highlight-reel” catches in right field. “She’s been playing amazing in the outfield,” says O’Neill.
The coach also points to very steady work from Collette Skinner in the outfield, partcularly against Malden, and Ella Ruby also doing nicely in the outfield. Mary Kate Mahoney continues to shine at second base while clutching hitting comes courtesy of DH Bree Stanton and clutch hitter Caroline Kiernan.
Says the coach, “We have to battle Woburn first before we take on league opponents next week. We’re looking forward to hopefully picking up a few more wins.”
Check out Melrose at home on Tuesday at Pine Banks Park for a 4:00 p.m. contest.