WINDHAM—After a back-and-forth start to the game, Windham pulled away from visiting Bonny Eagle on Tuesday afternoon, June 5, ultimately battering them 21-9.
“They have a sense of urgency now,” Windham head coach Travis Demmons said of his girls. “They know that it’s win or go home and they are trying to keep this team together as long as possible. Once they shook off the jitters and got down to business, they really kind of ran away with the game.”
The Scots looked strong to begin the contest, putting up five in the top of the first. However, Windham responded in the bottom of the stretch with not just five, but 10 – that’s right, 10.
Bonny Eagle clawed back at their next opportunity, hashing four further to bring themselves within one at 10-9. But that’s where the well would run dry for them: While the Eagles continued to tally through the next four innings, the Scots would not even log another hit.
By the sixth, Windham had heaped up enough of a lead to run-rule their guests and bounce them from the playoffs.
The Scots’ Mackenzie Emery went 2-4 in the bout, and scored twice. Emma Steinbuchel went 1-1, scored twice and notched three RBI on a homerun. Ariana Mejias finished 1-3 with two RBI.
Sadie Denico started on the mound for the Scots, but checked out early after getting hit with a line drive. Morgan Doughty threw the rest of the way.
The Eagles’ Lauren Talbot went 5-5 with three runs and four RBI. Erin Elder went 1-1 with two runs, Sarah Elder 1-1 with one run, Chloe Wilcox 3-5 with three runs and three RBI, Megan Joy 3-5 with two runs and three RBI, Taylah Piazza 2-5 with 2 runs, Kayla Gorman 1-2, Shyler Fielding 1-3 with three RBI, Jessica Meyer 1-1 with one run and Katelyn Troiano 1-4 with one run and one RBI.
Whitney Wilson pitched the first four innings for Windham, striking out four; Erin Elder finished the game for the Eagles.
The No. 10 Scots retire for the year at 7-10. Windham moves on to the quarterfinals. The Eagles travel to No. 2 Noble (15-1) on Thursday, June 7.
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Morgan Doughty unleashes a Bonny Eagle pitch.
Lauren Talbot leads toward home for the Eagles. She would shortly arrive there.
Eagle Chloe Wilcox rounds third, heading for home.
Bonny Eagle rightfielder Morgan Drinkwater snatches a Windham drive out of the air.
Sarah Champagne ducks away from the ball; momentarily, she’ll walk onto base.
Whitney Wilson whips off a Windham pitch.