Saugus softball team falls to Triton despite strong start
By Julian Cardillo
The Saugus softball team made an inspiring run into the state tournament, but came just short in their first playoff game against Triton. Saugus fell, 4-1, despite starting off with the lead.
“It was a good game and kind of the story of our season,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist. “We just couldn’t get the timely hits when needed plus we had a few defensive miscues for which we weren’t able to recover. But the kids did their best, and despite the outcome I could not have been prouder of their effort.”
Caitlin Wood came around to score after getting on base with a single in the second inning; Taylor Bogdanksi brought Wood home with an RBI single. “Unfortunately, the inning would end with us stranding runners on second and third as we were unable to drive them in,” Almquist said.”
Triton then scored twice in their half of the inning. They made it 4-1 in the fifth off two unearned runs off three fielding errors.
Almquist called Wood the hard luck loser on the mound. She pitched six innings and struck out six with just one walk and five hits. Offensively, Wood led the way with two hits. Bogdanski had another hit to go with her RBI. Emma Howard went one for four.
“Despite losing this game, I am extremely proud of this group of kids,” Almquist said. “They played hard and gave their very best effort each time they took the field. We are what I would consider a Blue Collar team as we are pretty limited as to what we can do.
“We are not going to wow teams with our athletic prowess, team speed, or offensive production, so we need to outwork them and keep the game close hoping to pull out a win.”
Almquist’s team finished with 11 wins and led a sparkling run into the state tournament, qualifying for the third straight year. Additionally, second baseman Alexa Ferraro and Wood were named to the NEC All-Star team.
“We are only losing one player, senior captain Brittney Sudanowicz, which will be a huge loss for the program,” Almquist said. “But we have a great nucleus returning so we will regroup, work harder and get better in hopes of making a deeper run in the state tournament next year.”
Saugus baseball pitching strong in state tournament
By Julian Cardillo
The Saugus baseball team managed to stick with some of the top programs in Massachusetts throughout the year thanks to its sterling pitching. That trend continued in the state tournament, though it didn’t reward the Sachems with the victory they wanted. Saugus lost in the first round of the playoffs to Lynnfield, 3-2, last Thursday despite another strong performance on the mound by Todd Tringale. The Sachems and Pioneers duked it out in extra innings as both sides got the best from their arms on the mound.
“Making the tournament was one of our goals,” said Saugus coach Joe Luis. “We accomplished that. It was a tough draw. These kids showed they could play with one of the best teams in Division 3. We did this with seven juniors and two seniors. It was a young team. They got great experience. Next year we’ll go into this with seven seniors.”
Saugus got off to a hot start. The Sachems opened the scoring in the first inning, then doubled their lead to 2-0 in the seventh, with both runs coming off walks.
Neither team had a hit inside the first six innings. However, Ronnie Paolo went one for two and Jackson Stanton went one for three, as did Dominic Clark. Meanwhile, Tringale tallied seven strikeouts.
Lynnfield found their form in the eighth inning. With Saugus up 2-1, the Pioneers loaded the bases and converted the winning run off an RBI single by Nick Giammarco.
For Luis, who has preached timely hitting to his squad throughout the year, the loss was somewhat of a gut punch. “We had three hits but we had six walks,” Luis said. “That’s where we got our base runners, working the pitcher and drawing walks. It was a tough game for us to lose in the eighth inning.”