By Steev Ricardo
DUDLEY – The Shepherd Hill girls are getting closer and closer to clinching a playoff berth after winning games over Tantasqua, David Prouty, and Oxford this past week while upping their record to 8-3.
The Rams got the week started on Monday by squeaking by the Tantasqua Warriors 5-3 behind the pitching of junior Brenna Foley, who tossed a four-hitter.
“We started off sharp, we got up early and that gave us some confidence throughout the rest of the game,” said coach Paul Enman. “I thought overall we did a pretty decent job, we got a couple of key double plays, we worked hard on our defense, so it was nice to see some of the things that we work hard at in practice used in a game and work.”
Enman was also happy with Foley’s pitching performance. “She is working hard and it looks like she is where she needs to be. She was off for a week and we found that she needed some time to get back to game form with this league and these kinds of hitters that we face.”
Shepherd Hill's Brenna Foley
Junior Shelby Stracher, who leads the Rams in hitting said, “I thought we played well today. We took advantage of some missed played balls in the outfield, getting the extra base on passed balls we were able to score, and I think our defense was pretty solid and Brenna did a good job and we didn’t make any huge errors.”
Catcher Shelby Stracher gives the Rams a big bat and good defense
“Brenna is not like Emily Reynolds where she can overpower hitters with her fastball and her speed, so our game plan today was to mix it up, throw a lot of curves and drops and screwballs,” said Stracher.
“I am pretty happy with the way I am playing and I am pretty happy with the way our team is playing as a whole.”
Marisa Colby gets ready to take off from second base.
Senior Jess Olson led the Rams past the David Prouty Panthers on Wednesday with an 11-strikeout, three- hit effort, which was complemented by the hitting of Emily Hanson, who came up with the key hits.
The Rams completed their trifecta for the week by blasting the Oxford Pirates 13-1 thanks to all out hitting attack led by Cassidy Colby, Katie Polselli, and Stracher and the pitching of ace Emily Reynolds, who held Pirates bats to only three hits.
Cassidy "Speedy" Colby waits for her pitch
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