Rockland High pulled away late in the game from a determined Mashpee High softball team to score an 9-2 win in South Shore League action on Thursday, May 2, in Mashpee. The Falcons rallied to pull within a a run midway through the game, but Rockland closed it out. RHS scored two in the fifth and then tacked on four in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
MHS is now 5-3 and 2-3 in the South Shore League.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the third, Mashpee got a pair on a big hit from Jayden Bryant to make it a one-run game. Bryant smoked a ground rule double to plate two runners and make it a one-run game. She later had a chance to score on a single by Maddie Souza. The two were stranded on the corners at the end of the inning.
Rockland came back to get use an RBI single and double in the fifth inning to make it a three-run game. Then, in the seventh, the Lady Bulldogs pounded the ball around the yard. RHS connected on two triples that ended up rounding the bases on throwing errors that proved to be the biggest knocks in their biggest inning.
Two days earlier, whether it was the umpire or the Mashpee High School softball team that had a rougher afternoon is up for debate. In the long run, the Falcons have many games left on their schedule and can bounce back quickly. The umpire has to deal with an insurance adjuster.
Norwell hit the ball around the yard all game long and handed Mashpee just its second loss of the season on April 30 at MHS, taking an 18-7 decision.
The umpire heard a foul ball smash a car’s window. He found out moments later that it was his own and had to drive home after the game with a sizeable hole in his rear window and shattered glass in the back seat.
Right-fielder Cheyenne Hendricks shattered a grand slam in the game for Mashpee’s biggest hit of the day. Jayden Bryant also had three hits for MHS.
On Monday, April 29,the Mashpee softball team ran up against an upstart Rising Tide softball team that has surprised quite a bit of their opponents. The charter school had started the season with six wins in its first seven games, with their lone defeat at the hands of a very good Monomoy team.
Mashpee made sure that they weren’t victims number seven by rallying late in the game to knock off their visitors by a 9-7 score.
The big knock in the game came off the bat of Cheyenne Hendricks in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the game tied at 5-5, the Falcons loaded the bases up for their starting right fielder. Hendricks delivered, clearing the bases, with a double to the gap to put her team ahead, 8-5.
Andrade was one of three Falcons to post multiple hits in the game. Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit. Along with Andrade, Sam Rozum and Skylar Dutra each had two hits. Maggie Connolly and Rozum each had two runs batted in during the game. Dutra and Corey Hendricks each scored a pair of runs.
Maddie Souza picked up the win in the circle for the Falcons. She was touched up for seven runs, but struck out 12 and battled through the entire game.