The 2014 season has been a bit of a peaks-and-valleys experience for the Pinkerton Academy softball squad so far.
The Lady Astros entered this week with a 3-2 Division I record after splitting contests with the Spaulding High School and Exeter High contingents last week.
Coach Terry Bailey’s Lady Astros dropped their second consecutive decision and slipped to 2-2 in Rochester on Wednesday, April 23, losing a 5-2 decision to the host Spaulding Lady Red Raiders.
A three-run bottom half of the fourth inning busted a 2-2 tie and put Spaulding up by its 5-2 tally.
The Pinkerton crew took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but the Lady Raiders answered with the tying run in the bottom half of that frame.
The hosts went up 2-1 with a score in the bottom of the third, but this time the Lady Astros answered with a marker of their own in the top of the fourth to knot the score at 2-2.
Spaulding enjoyed its three-run bottom of the fourth and never lost that 5-2 advantage.
Pinkerton smacked out five hits in the loss, with pitcher Natalie Fabrizio claiming two of those, including a double. Her teammate Candace Moore smashed a home run.
In the pitching circle, Fabrizio gave up nine hits and one walk while striking out three batters.
Frustratingly, the visiting side left seven runners stranded on the bases in the contest.
But Bailey’s bunch bounced its record back up over the .500 mark Friday, April 25, with a 5-3 defeat of the visiting Exeter High Lady Blue Hawks.
Exeter snagged a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Pinkerton rebounded beautifully to collect the win.
The hosts got one of the runs back in the latter half of the third inning, and then one more in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 3-2 contest. And the academy side took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three more times.
The Astros smacked out eight hits, with Lauren Phillips and Nicole Gonya each lacing two. Abby Amato, Kinsey Manchester, Fabrizio, Phillips, and Kelly Fitzsimmons each drove in a run for the victors. Fabrizio also did strong work in the pitchers’ circle, hurling a complete game and holding Exeter to six hits and striking out five batters.
The girls battled their way to another victory at home on Monday by edging the Merrimack Lady Tomahawks by a 4-2 tally.
The team busted out to a 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning, with Fabrizio, Phillips, and Rachel Byrd each driving in a run.
In her pitching role, Fabrizio helped to hold down Merrimck’s comeback attempts, which peaked with two runs in the top half of the sixth inning.
Fabrizio tallied nine strikeouts and allowed three walks and three hits.
Her offense collected a modest total of five hits in snaring the slim but still pleasing victory.