A strong two-way performance from standout Natalie Fabrizio helped the Pinkerton Academy softball team to a Beeman Trophy victory over the host Londonderry High Lady Lancers last Friday, May 9.
The Lady Astros overcame a 3-0 deficit by plating five runs in the top of the fourth, three more in the sixth, and then two more in the seventh en route to the 10-6 victory.
Along with the fact that the academy girls gave their side a Beeman Trophy win over rival Londonderry, the outcome of the game was important for coach Terry Bailey’s PA bunch because both squads came into the contest with 5-4 records in the congested Division I standings.
Fabrizio’s fine work was seen both through her complete-game pitching performance and her batting success (three hits, four runs batted in, one run scored).
The potent Londonderry offense reached Fabrizio for 14 hits, but the runs didn’t come in the numbers Pinkerton was able to tally.
The 5-5 Lady Lancers – who used three pitchers in the game – scored twice in the bottom half of the second inning and once more in the third to post the 3-0 lead.
But the visitors answered with their five-spot in the fourth to grab a 5-3 advantage.
Londonderry knotted the score at 5-5 in the latter half of the fifth, but Pinkerton responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to go up 8-5, and they pushed their lead up to 10-5 with another pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
The LHS girls were able to plate one more run in the bottom of the seventh, but their comeback effort got no closer.
Like Londonderry, the Lady Astros rapped out 14 total hits, thanks to Fabrizio’s three smacks, three hits from Abby Amato, and two safeties each from Rachel Byrd and Candace Moore.
The LHS attack was led by Brooke Tulley and her three hits and two knocks apiece from Leah Hunt, Shannon Crowley, Colleen Lewis, Julie Hamilton, and Summer Vose.
The Astros remained on a roll by plating the same number of runs this past Monday in a 10-3 thumping of Bedford on that opponent’s home field.
Fabrizio was superb, going the distance in the pitchers’ circle with a four-hitter and smacking two hits – including a home run – and driving in three runs as well.
Moore did the very same as her productive hurler at the plate, and Rachel Byrd banged three hits and scored three runs.