Patriots too much for Brattleboro: MAU wins third straight
"We talked today about coming in doing the little things right and winning each inning, and we totally did it," said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "We didn't let the early score faze us and everyone on the team did their part."
Taylor Dicranian retired 16 of the final 17 hitters and catcher Jamie Boyle went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Patriots.
"We all wanted to come out focused and calm," Boyle said. "A big thing for us is getting through the first inning, the past couple of games our first inning has been rough, but we won it today."
Brattleboro scored in the first inning after a single and a passed ball. But Mount Anthony took the lead for good in the bottom of the first with four runs. Brattleboro pitcher Hailey Derosia had some wildness that the Patriots took advantage of right away.
Kaidin Gauthier hit a bloop double with one out and then after Cat Worthington fanned, Dicranian singled to make it 1-1. Then the next four MAU hitters — Boyle, Emilie O'Brien, Marleigh Greene and Ashlee Billert — all walked, bringing in three more runs for a 4-1 lead.
Brattleboro coach Kelly Markol took out Derosia and put in Jocelyn Aither to get the final out.
MAU was patient at the plate, waiting out Brattleboro pitching for 10 walks.
"Brattleboro is a good team, we had the walks, but we have to hit the runs in when we have the opportunities because you never know when they'll come back," Contrada said. "They sat back and waited for their pitch and got it done with runners on."
Then MAU put up single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings. In the second, Boyle's RBI single drove home Worthington after the sophomore worked a walk after an 11-pitch at-bat.
Aither set down the Patriots in order in the third, but in the fourth, MAU scored again, Boyle with another RBI hit doing the damage.
"Jamie's bat has really come along and she's looked great at the plate," Contrada said. "She also called a phenomenal game behind the plate, she owned home plate today, got up there, hit rockets and called a great game.
In the fifth, Billert started the frame with a hit, Keana Gauthier reached on a bunt hit and Kaidin Gauthier reached on a fielder's choice when the Brattleboro third baseman tried to tag Billert on a ball hit in between the shortshop and third baseman. The tag missed and everyone was safe. After a short argument from Markol, Worthington came up and blasted one to the deepest part of the field that the center fielder caught, but it was good enough for a sacrifice fly for a 7-1 advantage.
MAU salted the game away with four more runs in the sixth inning, the big blow a two-run triple from senior Marleigh Greene.
Greene had three RBI on the day, while O'Brien scored twice.
On the day, Dicranian pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits. In the second inning, the leadoff man got on, but two batters later, an alert MAU defense caught the Colonels napping for a double play to end the threat.
From there, Dicranian set down the Colonels in order in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. She struck out four and got 11 of the 21 outs via groundout.
"Taylor has been doing great and we're working well as a team," Boyle said. "We know what pitches to call and what not to call, it was really fun today."
MAU starts the year 3-0 with a game on Saturday against Drury at home.
"Every game we have to be prepared, we've played good teams this year, so we need to go in with an open mind," Boyle said.
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