Warriors post 9-2 triumph
By DAN MARGARITA
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High softball team continued to roll over Middlesex League opponents, beating Stoneham 9-2 on Friday night at Vets’ Field.
The team’s top pitcher, Amanda Boulter, was back on the mound giving up four hits, two of them home runs.
“So, we had a couple of hiccups. but on the whole I thought Amanda was very efficient today, as usual,” said Wakefield coach Rick “Coach Q.” Quattrocchi.
It was Stoneham which got on the scoreboard first, however. With two outs, Maddie Kelly blasted an inside-the-park home run to left field. But a ground out to second ended the inning.
Stoneham’s lead didn’t last long, though. Meghan Burnett drew a lead off walk and then stole second. Boulter singled to left and then Emma Kraus walked to load the bases. Alexi Truesdale walked to force in Burnett to tie the game at 1-1. Nicole Gasdia reached on a fielder’s choice on a ground ball to shortstop Kelly, who threw to second too late for a force on Truesdale, scoring Boulter and leaving all runners safe.
Hannah Dziadyk reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Truesdale at third but scored Kraus. Gasdia and Dziadyk advanced on a passed ball and then Hayley Kaddaras walked to load the bases. Meg Gibbons also drew a walk, which forced in Gasdia to make it 4-1. Nicole Catino followed with yet another walk to bring in Dziadyk with Wakefield’s fifth and final run of the inning.
The home team extended its lead with another run in the bottom of the second inning. Truesdale drew a one out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, moving to third on a ground out to short. Dziadyk reached on an error that scored Truesdale to give Wakefield a 6-1 lead but was forced at second for the third out.
Wakefield picked up three more runs in its half of the fifth inning.
With one out, Dziadyk reached on an infield single and then Kaddaras drew a walk. Gibbons hit a pop up to second baseman Toni Magno, who tried to double Kaddaras off first. Her throw was off the mark, however and the error allowed Dziadyk to score. Catino grounded to Magno, who made a double error on the ground ball and the throw that scored Kaddaras. Burnett reached on an error that brought in Catino with Wakefield’s ninth and final run of the game.
Stoneham did manage to get a run back with a home run by Dawn DelVecchio in the top of the sixth but that was about all of the offense the Spartans could muster on the day.
“We’re 11-3 and it was an efficient win and we’ll take it,” said Coach Q.