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Softball knocks Barons out of the park, doubles down on Bulldogs

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Senior captain Sami Rosenberg sets up to pitch against the Churchill Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 9. The Wildcats beat the Bulldogs 10-2 with Rosenberg striking out 11 batters. (Courtesy Lydia Stelnyk)

With a big week of division opponents, the Cats started strong. On Monday, April 8, the Cats played the B-CC Barons in a solid matchup, ultimately winning 15-5.

Seniors Mackenzie Norris, Ellie Langley and Carly Gilder had the highest number of hits, helping their 10-run lead. Senior pitcher Sami Rosenberg pitched the full five innings.

“The game was well played. Nothing could stop our love for the game and even more our love for winning,” Gilder said.

Rosenberg had eight strikeouts but threw four walks. Sophomore catcher Alina Bonior had four runs and one hit. Norris had three hits, going three for four at the plate. The Cats ended the game early with a mercy rule against the Barons, ending it in five innings.

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“We took advantage of the pitching situation and stayed clean on the field. We played as a team and were able to win,” Langley said.

After a win against the Barons, the Cats had a quick turnaround, playing the Churchill Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 9. They beat the Bulldogs 10-2, another solid win in the books for the Cats, who now sit second in their region, behind the undefeated Whitman Vikings (3-0)

Gilder drove in four runs on two hits to help with the lead. Rosenberg struck out 11 batters. The Bulldogs gave up seven hits and two runs while walking three.

“I think we’ve had a really busy week so far so I could tell we were all tired but we still pulled through with the big win which was great to see. It shows we can work together even in tough and tiring situations,” sophomore Addie Strbak said.

In the top of the fifth, the Cats scored seven runs on four hits. Starting pitcher for the Bulldogs, Marissa Patrick, surrendered 12 hits, striking out four and walking one.

Norris led the team with three hits in four at-bats and Strbak recorded two hits in five at-bats. The Cats were sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error.

With another back-to-back on the way, the Cats play the Walt Whitman Vikings on Thursday, April 11 and the Richard Montgomery Rockets on Friday, April 12.

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Senior Anna Zucconi is excited to participate in her first year with the pitch as an Online Sports Editor. In addition to writing for the Pitch, Anna enjoys going to the beach and playing lacrosse.
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