CLAIRE CURRY did a great job as the starting catcher for the WMHS softball team during their victory over Belmont on Monday. Curry was also excellent on the base paths as she scored twice for the Warriors. (Donna Larsson Photo)

Published in the May 10, 2018 edition.

By DAN MARGARITA

BELMONT — The struggling Wakefield High softball team traveled to Belmont on Monday and picked up a much needed win, blowing Belmont out, 14-0 on a game called due to the “mercy rule.”

“We really changed things around in that game,” said Wakefield head coach Rick “Coach Q.” Quattrocchi.

Indeed, Kayleigh Callanan got her first varsity start and win on the mound, and Claire Curry got her first start behind the plate.

“What I told her (Curry), and it doesn’t sound like a compliment but it is, I told her that I never noticed her and that’s a good thing. She did an outstanding job behind the plate,” praised Coach Q.

Callanan was perfect for three innings, eventually giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out two over the course of the five-inning game.

Julia Purcell, starting in right field, blasted a home run for Wakefield.

“That was probably the best game of the season that we’ve played,” the coach added.

Fall to Red Devils

The team traveled to Burlington yesterday and did not fare so well, losing 8-0 and managing just one hit.

“They’ve got a pitcher named Christina Clark, who’s the number one pitcher in the league. She’s a top five pitcher in the state. Last year as a sophomore had over 200 strikeouts, which is around 14 a game,” noted “Coach Q.”

Clark fanned 14 Wakefield batters, tossing a no-hitter until Meagan Gibbons reached for a single in the seventh inning.

Kayleigh Callanan pitched 3.1 innings, giving up three runs (one earned), striking out one and walking one and was then replaced by Julia Purcell who gave up five runs (two earned), striking out three and walking two.

“The kids are working their butts off. They’re doing everything they’re asked to do and we’ll be okay,” said the coach.

Wakefield hosts Peabody tomorrow, 3:45 p.m. at Veteran’s Field.