Bridgewater, MA – It started out as a back-and-forth affair but the Bridgewater-Raynham softball team managed to continue to pile up the hits and post a convincing, 18-6 victory over visiting Durfee in Southeast Conference play. The win improves the Lady Trojans’ record to 3-5 on the season but they are off to a 2-0 start in SEC action. Durfee meanwhile, has now lost six straight to fall to 1-6 on the year, 0-2 in the SEC.
Pitcher Lilly Welch picked up the win in relief. She held the Hilltoppers scoreless over four innings of work. Emma Talpey had four hits to lead the B-R attack. Leadoff hitter, Taylor Feist had three hits and scored two runs. Sadie Fitzgerald and Niyah Boone had two hits each for Durfee.
Early on, it looked like it might be the Hilltoppers’ day. They grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when freshman Kat Rumsey led the game off with a single and came all the way around to score on Fitzgerald’s towering double to left-center. B-R came back quickly though, scoring two in the bottom of the frame to grab the lead. Feist, Taylor Reid and Talpey had hits in the rally that was aided by a Durfee error.
The Hilltoppers stormed back in the second, scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead. Emily Curran’s single was followed by back-to-back doubles from Boone and Selena Perreira for two Durfee runs. Freshman Rachael Silva then singled to center to score Perreira. The Lady Trojans then took advantage of Durfee miscues to score four times of their own and go up 6-4.
Durfee managed to come back to tie the game in the third on Brooke Macedo’s two-run blast over the fence in left that also brought in Fitzgerald, who had singled to lead off the inning. B-R then made a pitching change, brining in the hard-throwing Welch, who shut down the Hilltopper offense the rest of the way.
While Durfee failed to score the rest of the way, B-R continued to pile up the runs. The Lady Trojans scored four in the bottom of the third and then broke the game wide open with six runs in the fifth. B-R added two more in the sixth to end the contest via the 12-run mercy rule.