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Lady Sachems softball team opens offensive floodgates, now 6-6

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The Saugus softball team has run up its offensive numbers this week after earning an 11-1 victory over Malden on Wednesday and beating Somerville, 15-3, on the mercy rule on Monday.

Saugus got off to a fast start on Wednesday against a struggling Golden Tornadoes side. The Sachems scored three runs in the top of the first off a pair of RBI doubles by Emma Howard and Alex Almquist. Meanwhile, Caity Sheehan also registered an RBI single.

It remained 3-0 until the top of the fifth, during which Howard, Sheehan and Almquist all recorded RBIs again. Saugus scored twice more in the sixth and three more times in the seventh as Ashley Shaw and Taylor Bogdanski joined in on the action.

Malden’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh when the game was well out of reach.

Howard was three for three with three doubles and as many RBIs. Sheehan also had three hits, two of which were doubles, in addition to three RBIs. Almquist went two for three with two RBIs, as did Shaw. Bogdanski was two for four with a double and one RBI.

Caitlyn Wood earned her sixth win of the season. She pitched seven innings and struck out four with no walks. She conceded four hits and one earned run. “She continues to impress on the mound,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist of Wood. “She was in control from the outset, keeping the Malden hitters off balance the entire day.

“On the defensive side, Sheehan played an outstanding game at third base. She made several highlight reel plays.

“Being such a young team we are still a work in progress but I think the kids are starting to figure things out. I am extremely pleased with their effort and how they have played so far this year.”

Saugus graduated eight seniors in the off-season and are entrusting younger players with plenty of responsibility. That said, the team has just six losses this year, and those, cumulatively, have been decided by a total of 16 runs.

“We have been competitive in every game that we have played, which is all I can ask for,” Almquist added. “We are giving teams a run for their money, and I think people are starting to realize that Saugus is going to be a tough out.”

The Sachems, who are 6-6 on the season, play at Swampscott on Monday night and then play at home against Salem on Wednesday and again on Thursday against Peabody.

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