Falmouth Clippers Defeat Nauset 8-5 In Softball
By: RICH MACLONE, May 6, 2014
Things got a bit hairy for the Falmouth Clippers (3-6) late on Friday afternoon, May 2, but the Clippers held on to beat Nauset by an 8-5 score to avenge an earlier loss from this season. Falmouth took an 8-0 lead into the top of the seventh, before things began to unravel a bit. In the end, though, starting pitcher Kathleen Desmond got out of a sticky situation and her team picked up a much-needed win.
Desmond allowed a single in the first inning and then was not touched up for another hit until the final frame. She was aided by the defense behind her, with catcher Kelly Ferreira turning in a pair of defensive gems. Ferreira made a superb diving catch on a low pop fly in front of the plate for the first out of the sixth inning. The backstop then helped the pitcher get out of a bases loaded jam in the same inning.
Nauset had the bases full, and hit a slow roller to shortstop. Alexa Scribner charged the ball and threw to the plate for the force out. Ferreira drug her foot across the dish for the first out of the twin killing and then fired a bullet to first for the unconventional 6-2-3 double play that preserved the shutout for one more inning.
NHS rallied for five in the top of the seventh, but Desmond finally put out the fire. After striking out the first batter of the inning, the Clippers saw the next four batters in a row reach base as they started their surge. Desmond got out of it with a one-out fielder’s choice and then finally a come-backer to the mound.
Falmouth had several small rallies along the way to build the lead. They scored three in the first, thanks to a a two-out dropped third strike, with Hannah Kingsley at the plate, and then a two-run single by Savannah Perkins. Falmouth got two more in the second, two in the third and one in the fifth.