June 25-28, Tufts Park
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- Shannon Hussey
- Katie Napier
- Sam LoPilato
- Jackie Pellechia
Rain and injuries challenged the Medford High softball team this season, but the Lady Mustangs still managed to earn their way into the state tournament by tying Everett for second place in the GBL. Both teams finished with five victories and three losses in the league.
According to Head Coach Jack Dempsey, Medford had a big road victory over Somerville last Friday night. The Mustangs defeated the Highlanders 14-2 behind five perfect innings turned in by senior captain and pitcher Rayanne Staude.
Staude picked up her fifth victory, striking out seven and walking only two batters. The two runs scored by Somerville were unearned. Junior Katie Napier led the hitting attack with three hits, three RBI’s, and three runs scored. Senior captains Shannon Hussey and Emily Welch each had a pair of singles along with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Senior Breanna Botelho and junior Sam Lopilato each contributed two hits and an RBI while Lopilato also scored two runs. Senior captain Jackie Pellechia walked three times and had a single and two RBI’s.
Medford opens the state tournament on Thursday on the road at Chelmsford. Medford, 5-15, is seeded last among twenty-two teams while Chelmsford, 14-6, is seeded eleventh.
The rain has seriously messed with our schedule- here is the remainder of the season (weather-permitting).
NEW- Tuesday 5/22/12
4pm- NEW TIME
Arlington Catholic @Medford
Monday 5/28/12- NEW
St. Peter’s Field
After rainy weather screwed with the schedule for the last two weeks, the Mustang softball team earned a key 13-8 win over Everett on Wednesday at Columbus Park in Medford.
It was a must-win situation for the Mustangs, who need to either finish first or second in the league or earn at least .500 record to qualify for the state tournament. The Medford girls came up big by defeating the Everett nine, who are 11-3 overall but are a game behind the Mustangs in the GBL, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey. Medford is now 3-2 in the GBL and 3-7 overall.
Senior captain Shannon Hussey and junior Katie Napier, the first and second batters in the Mustang order, each banged out five hits. Hussey scored four runs, had three RBI’s and stole three bases. Napier scored two runs and contributed two RBI’s along with two steals. Senior captain Jackie Pellecchia contributed two hits, two RBI’s and four stolen bases, junior Sam Lopilato and sophomore Sarah Donnelly each had a pair of hits and two RBI’s, and senior captain Emily Welch had a single, an RBI and a stolen base.
Senior captain Rayanne Staude went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs, striking out six batters for her third win of the season.
The Lady Mustangs have a daunting schedule ahead of them. They head to Everett on Thursday afternoon before commencing a nine games in nine days schedule, starting with a Sunday game under the lights at Columbus Park against perennial power Concord Carlisle.
The Lady Mustang softball team almost pulled off the upset of the year before losing to Malden, the 4th ranked team in the state, 7-6 in extra innings at Tufts Park on Thursday.
The home team “had their hitting shoes on” as they rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the fifth inning. Medford scored four runs off of Malden senior All State pitcher and Providence College-bound Kiara Amos. The big hits came off the bats of juniors Lauren Walsh (single, 2 RBI’s) and Katie Napier (triple and 2 RBI’s).
After once again falling behind by one run in the home half of the eighth inning, sophomore Sarah Donnelly doubled home senior captain Jackie Pellecchia (single) to tie the score at 5. The Malden girls then came back with two more runs in the top half of the ninth inning before Medford center fielder Hannah O’Leary made a spectacular running catch to prevent the Golden Tornadoes from adding to their lead.
The Lady Mustangs weren’t done yet as freshman Brianna Napoleone laced a single to right field, scoring senior captain Emily Welch from second base to bring the Lady Mustangs within a run. However, Amos was able to pick up her eighteenth strikeout to end the game.
Senior captain Rayanne Staude pitched a strong game, with three strikeouts and only two bases on balls. Pellecchia banged out three hits while Donnelly also contributed three hits including a double, RBI and a run scored. Walsh had two hits, a run and two RBI’s while Napoleone hammered two hits and an RBI. Senior captain Shannon Hussey and Napier each had one hit while Napier also scored a run along with her two RBI’s.
Next up for the Mustangs is a trip to Framingham on Tuesday.
Coach Dempsey threw out the first pitch on Opening Day for Medford Youth Girls Softball!
Join the Medford and Malden softball teams at John Brewer’s Tavern on Wednesday, May 2.
Dine at John Brewer’s between 5pm and 11pm and 20% of your bill will be donated to support the softball team and breast cancer research.
John Brewer’s is owned by former Mustang Bill Honeycutt and is located at 7 Highland Avenue, Malden.
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Junior Christina Lynch belted a grand slam and a three-run homer to lead the varsity softball team to a one-sided 11-0 home victory over Cambridge on Thursday afternoon.
Senior pitcher and captain Rayanne Staude and junior Julia Shoop combined for a three hit shut-out, striking out seven with no bases on balls, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey.
Senior captain Shannon Hussey chipped in with two bunt singles and a run scored as did junior “speedster” Lauren Walsh. Senior captain Jackie Pellecchia contributed a base hit, was hit by a pitch twice, and was “spectacular” at shortstop, making several outstanding plays, said Coach Dempsey. Junior catcher Katie Napier continued her hot hitting with a solid single, maintaining her .500 batting average. Sophomore Sarah Donnelly belted a double to round out the local nine hitting attack.
Thursday’s win was the second in a row for the Lady Mustangs, who improved their Greater Boston League record to 2-1.
Medford will visit Glendale Park in Everett on Tuesday for a big GBL match up.
Junior Christina Lynch drove in seven of her team’s eleven runs. Photo by Doug Shoop.
After struggling through the first six games of the season without a win, the girls varsity softball team broke open with a lopsided 15-2 victory over the Highlanders on Tuesday afternoon.
The game, played at the team’s home field at Tufts Park, was stopped after the fifth inning due to the twelve run “mercy” rule.
The Lady Mustangs hammered out fifteen runs and fourteen hits. They were led by sophomore Sarah Donnelly, who had three hits, four RBI’s, and two runs scored. Junior Christina Lynch had two triples, four RBI’s, and two runs scored, junior Katie Napier had two hits and two runs, and junior Lauren Walsh had two bunt singles and two runs scored, said Coach Dempsey.
Also “contributing in a big way” was senior captain Shannon Hussey with three hits, one run, and three RBI’s. Senior captain Emily Welch and junior Christina Sweeney each chipped in with one hit.
Senior captain Rayann Staude and junior Julia Shoop combined for a four hitter with six strikeouts and one base on balls.
The Lady Mustangs host another GBL rival, the Cambridge Falcons, on Thursday at 4PM at Tufts Park.
The 2012 season is underway! Please check out our schedule page, roster, and sponsors (which will be updated regularly- thank you to all of our sponsors).
Congratulations to Coach Dempsey, Medford Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year!
Photos courtesy Medford Patch