Bulldogs’ Bats Ignite
FITCHBURG — A five-run second inning staked host Monty Tech to a solid lead over visiting Murdock Friday afternoon, and solid defense made that lead stand up as the Bulldogs downed the visiting Blue Devils, 8-4.
The win lifts Monty Tech to 11-5 on the season with four games remaining in the last week-plus of the regular season. Murdock fell to 11-4.
Scoreless after one and a half, Monty Tech — which ripped 10 hits and spread the hitting out — sent eight hitters to the plate in the home half of the second.
“We played one of our better games today,” said longtime Monty Tech head coach Dave Reid. ”(Murdock) is a quality team that has played some good teams, too. We have also, but today, we put it over the edge.”
With one out and Tanya Valley at first, Kate Rosenberry (3 hits) slapped an opposite-field single to left, before Izzy Stakely walked to load the bases for the second consecutive inning.
But unlike the first, where Monty Tech stranded runners, the parade continued, as Hannah Seymour singled in Valley and Rosenberry with a solid hit through the box, before Bailey Tammaro followed that up three pitches later.
Tammaro lofted a high fly ball to right that the Murdock right fielder just missed catching, and she wound up at third with a two-run triple.
A wild pitch to Amber Colcord brought Tammaro in with the eventual winning run to round out the bottom of the second with the hosts leading 5-0.
“I was a little worried in the first when we loaded them up with no outs and couldn’t get a run in,” Reid said, “but we did a good job in the second with quality hits, and we ran the bases well.”
Murdock pulled one back in the top of the third. Tammaro had retired the first eight she faced before three straight singles by Arielle Benedict, Maria Polcari and Lindsey Smith delivered Benedict.
And in the top of the fourth, the Blue Devils made it 5-2 as Meagan Knight scored on Allie Cobiski’s two-out single to right.
Rosenberry scored in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-2 as she came home on a sacrifice bunt by Stakely.
“That’s why (Rosenberry) is in the nine-hole, she’s there for a reason,” Reid praised. “She’s fast, and she hits the ball when she wants to.”
And in the fifth, Monty Tech made it 7-2 as Taylor Jollimore scored on a wild pitch to Valley.
Stakely’s second sacrifice bunt of the day did the job again in the bottom of the sixth for the hosts, moving Rosenberry to second before Seymour belted a run-scoring single to right to deliver the Sterling native from second to wrap up the scoring for the Bulldogs.
In the circle, Tammaro fanned six and walked two while giving up six hits.
They key, though? No errors behind her.
“We played pretty good defense, and Bailey pitched well,” Reid said.