Wildcats ready for playoff start: Softball drops final two | Sports

Wildcats ready for playoff start: Softball drops final two |  Sports

The Wilmington High softball team scored enough runs Friday to win most of the games.

The Wildcats’ opponent, Triton Regional, ended up undercutting them, however, by beating Wilmington, 14-9 at Aprile Field.

Wilmington, which fell to 12-7, entered the game ranked 17th in MIAA Division 3, while Triton was ranked sixth and improved to 15-4.

On Sunday, Triton won the rematch at Byfield, 6-2.

“Nine should be enough to win,” Wilmington coach Audrey Cabral Pini said. “We knew they were pretty well ranked in Div. 3, but we felt like if we put the ball in play we’d have a chance. We simply made too many mistakes.

Wilmington briefly took a 5-4 lead late in the third, scoring its first five points.

After Summer Sands led off with a triple, Ali McElligot doubled to bring her in. Lily MacKenzie followed with a triple to right center, scoring McElligott.

Eva Boudreau’s goal hit MacKenzie to make it 4-3.

With one out, Erin McCarthy made an error, putting Boudreau at third. With two runs stranded, Charlotte Forcina singled to score Boudreau and McCarthy, putting the Wildcats ahead, 5-4.

The Vikings regained the lead when Skylar Coburn drove in two runs with a double to right in the top of the fourth.

Triton added five more runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Kyla Story hit two homers, both inside the park, scoring two runs in the first and one in the seventh.

The Vikings scored their first two points in the first and added two more in the second.

Wilmington scored four runs in the fifth. Sands struck in two with a base hit. MacKenzie also drove in two runs with another single.

Freshman Ava Drozdowski pitched the first four innings for the Wildcats and Izzy Maiella, another freshman, pitched the final three innings.

“Ava did well,” Cabral-Pini said. “It was 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. when she left.”