Hornet softball crushes Wakefield in season opener

Jul 16, 2020 by

Published July 16, 2020

NORTH READING — If there was any doubt the North Reading High varsity softball team were poised to make a deep state tournament run this past spring, look no further than the summer season opener at Blatz Field in Wakefield on Monday night.

The Hornets are part of a high school summer league run by USA Softball of Massachusetts. Teams from surrounding schools such as Wakefield, Saugus, Winchester, Tewksbury, Woburn, Wilmington, St. Mary’s of Lynn, Essex Tech and Cape Ann League foes Pentucket and Amesbury compete in a 12-game season to make up for lost time.

North Reading put together a total team effort, displaying incredible offensive firepower with strong pitching and defense to dispatch Wakefield 14-1 after six innings of play.

Senior co-captain Emma Lord scored the season’s first run in the top of the first inning after senior Julia DiNapoli’s RBI double. The Hornets poured on the offense in the top of the 2nd with back-to-back singles from juniors Kaeleigh Arington and Rachel Vardinski. Following an Adriana Vittozzi walk to load the bases, Junior Sarah Gerber launched a titanic grand slam over the centerfield fence to clear the bases.

The onslaught continued with a walk from sophomore Alyssa Demetri and a hit by pitch from Shivani Srikanth. After sophomore Abby Gerber’s RBI single to left the Hornets were up 6-1. They would tack on more runs in the 2nd with consecutive hits from freshmen Mia Vittozzi, Kristen Galvin and sophomore Rose Morelli.

Junior pitcher Shea Hanson shut out the Warriors through the first three frames with the Hornets looking sharp defensively. Senior co-captain Elli DeCleene, who will continue her softball career at Wellesley College, finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored. Junior Julia Howse chipped in with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored.

Mia Vittozzi took the circle for the final three innings striking out three Wakefield hitters and getting spectacular defense from Gina Mulik in centerfield. Sarah Gerber would add to her six-RBI performance with a carbon copy of her earlier HR by launching a two-run bomb in the top of the 6th inning.

Overall, the Hornets put up 14 runs on 20 hits and drew four walks off of Wakefield pitchers. The Hornets played error-free defense which led to an impressive start to this short, summer season.

The Hornets take on Essex Tech on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the NRHS varsity softball diamond. A complete listing of their schedule can be found at www.usasoftballma.com/hs

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