There’s nothing like a 10-run inning to blow a game open.
The Falmouth High School softball team has been hitting at a torrid pace all season long and the Cougars from Notre Dame Academy saw just how dangerous the FHS bats can be on Monday, May 13. Locked in a 4-3 ballgame in the middle innings, Falmouth sent 16 batters to the plate in the fourth and crossed home 10 times to put NDA away. With their 17-3 win, Falmouth improved to 13-2 overall on the season.
After suffering through a rough game against Marshfield last week, the Clippers have obviously found their stride again. The Rams one-hit Falmouth on May 8, but the Clippers put up 22 runs in a rout of Barnstable on May 10 and then came back to string together 18 hits against NDA in their lopsided win.
Offensively the Clippers are posting video game numbers. Over the course of the season so far, the team is now hitting a robust .439 overall with a team OPS of 1.008. Senior Grace Kwon is leading the way with a .532 batting average and .790 slugging percentage. She has driven in 32 runs, an average of more than two per game. Pitcher Molly Bruce has a .575 average for the season, and Abby Pope is hitting .450 with a team-high 29 runs scored. FHS has eight players who have batting averages above .400 for the season.
Caiti Pope, who is hitting .511 out of the nine hole for FHS, was the catalyst for the big fourth inning against Notre Dame. She singled to start the frame, went to second on an error and then stole third and scored on another error. Abby Pope then walked and Kwon singled. With one out, Charlotte Sylvia smoked a triple to put the Clippers up 6-3. Bruce then singled home Sylvia and Haylee Silvia followed with a walk. NDA got the next out, and was one out away from limiting the damage, but the next seven Clippers all reached base.
Rachelle Andrade reached on an error, which scored a run, then Caiti Pope singled, to plate another. Abby Pope then lined one to the gap that cleared the bases for an inside-the-park home run, her second round-tripper of the season. It was Falmouth’s ninth homer of the year as a club.
The hit parade continued with Kwon and Meghan Robbins both collecting hits and then Sylvia walking. Bruce singled in another run before the inning finally ended with FHS having posted 10.
FHS got three more in the fifth. Phoebe Cutter came on to pitch the final frame and worked a 1-2-3 inning to finish off the Mercy Rule-shortened victory.
Bruce earned the win on the mound for FHS. The senior improved to 10-2 overall with a 3.18 earned run average. She allowed one earned run and five hits with five strikeouts.
FHS will host Martha’s Vineyard today and then Sandwich comes to town on Tuesday, May 21. If FHS defeats the Blue Knights, they then will have a chance to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast League crown with Dennis-Yarmouth, and with Marshfield, if they beat the Dolphins in Falmouth in their makeup game of a previously rained-out contest. That makeup game has not officially been scheduled yet.