WMHS softball looks to rebound against Stoneham today
Published in the April 30, 2018 edition.
By DAN MARGARITA
MELROSE — The Wakefield High softball team traveled to Melrose Friday and was batted around by the Melrose offense, losing 8-4 at Melrose Commons.
The game had originally been scheduled as a home game for Wakefield but with Vet’s Field in poor condition after recent rain the game was moved to Melrose.
Melrose wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. With one out in the bottom of the first Rebecca Dumont singled and stole second. A ground out to second put Dumont on third, from where she scored on a triple by Sam Farrell. Jill Stone singled to left to bring in Farrell to put Melrose up 2-0 before the inning ended on a pop up to first.
Wakefield took the lead in the top of the second inning. Vanessa Kaddaras led off with a single down the left field line and then Sophia Gosselin-Smoske doubled to put runners at second and third. An infield single by Meagan Gibbons loaded the bases for Marissa Patti, who singled on a ball that glanced off of Melrose pitcher Jill Stone, scoring Kaddaras and Gosselin-Smoske to tie the game at 2-2. With runners on second and third, Taylor Owen hit a sacrifice fly that brought in Gibbons to give Wakefield the lead.
Melrose exploded for six runs in the fifth inning. Rebecca Dumont drew a lead-off walk and scored on a home run to left by Saoirse Connolly to give Melrose a 4-3 lead. Sam Farrell singled and after a strikeout, Brianna Stanton and Adrianna Centrello drew consecutive walks. After a fly out to short right field, Eleanor Van Etten singled to right, scoring Farrell and Stanton.
With runners on second and third Emily Cataldo tripled to score Centrillo and Van Etten to make it 8-3 before a ground out ended the inning.
Wakefield was able to get one run back in the top of the seventh. Nicole Catino drew a one-out walk and moved to second and a ground out to first base. Pinch-hitter Jocelyn Healy singled in Catino but that was all of the scoring for Wakefield to put the final score at 8-4.
The Warriors travel to Stoneham today at 3:45 p.m.