One of the most desirable qualities for a sports team to have is resilience. And the talented and determined Londonderry High softball squad recently showed longtime coach Wayne MacDougall that it certainly has resilience among its many desirable qualities.
After suffering a tough 4-3 loss to the Exeter High Lady Blue Hawks – which ended a six-game winning streak – on the seacoast on Monday, April 25, MacDougall’s mob rebounded nicely for a resounding victory over the Merrimack High Lady Tomahawks late last week and stepped into this week looking to drive its Division I record still further beyond an impressive 7-2.
In the 13-8 besting of Merrimack on the road last Friday, April 29, the Lady Lancers reacted to an early 2-0 deficit by plating three runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings, and then a decisive four in the top half of the seventh frame in tallying their lucky 13 markers.
The 2-7 Lady Tomahawks showed plenty of fight, but ultimately didn’t have quite enough pop in their offense to walk away from their home field victorious. It was the Merrimack crew’s third straight loss and the sixth in its last seven contests.
The hosts bagged a 2-0 lead in the latter half of the second inning, but Londonderry put its first three-spot on the scoreboard in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead.
The Lady Lancers’ advantage became 6-2 with the three-run fifth frame, but the hosts responded to that offensive outburst by tallying four runs in the bottom of the inning to make the score 6-6.
However, MacDougall’s mob scored three more times in the top of the sixth and four times in the top of the seventh to make it a 13-6 match, and a full Merrimack comeback suddenly became far less than likely.
Londonderry bashed out 13 hits in scoring its 13 runs, with multiple hits (two apiece) being smacked by Anna Maggio, Sarah Fawcett, Ilana Brown, Elizabeth DeVoss, and Rachel Simkevich.
Brown, who was also the winning pitcher, drove in three runs, Maggio smacked in a pair, and Fawcett, DeVoss, and Simkevich each tallied one run batted in.
And after placing itself back on the winning path in the wake of the earlier Exeter loss, the Lady Lancers bounded into this week looking at facing a Monday afternoon game against a winless Nashua South team at LHS. But Mother Nature said no, and the game was rained out.