Huskies pound West Warwick, 8-1, play Broncos for D-III title

Photos and story by Richard W. Dionne, Jr. 
Posted 6/23/21

The Mt. Hope softball team pounded West Warwick, 8-1, in a Division III semifinals game at Amby Smith Field in West Warwick on Wednesday night. The Huskies move on to play one seed, …

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Huskies pound West Warwick, 8-1, play Broncos for D-III title

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The Mt. Hope softball team pounded West Warwick, 8-1, in a Division III, semifinals game, at Amby Smith Field in West Warwick on Wednesday night. The Huskies move on to play one seed, Burrillville/North Smithfield Co-op, at RIC on Thursday at 7 p.m. Mt. Hope, the loser’s bracket finalist, will have to beat the Broncos twice to win the championship. 

Stellar pitching

Sophomore pitcher Reily Amaral was stellar for the Huskies, striking out ten, walking one and allowing just three hits and one run, in seven innings of work. She struck out the side three times. 

Stephenson leads offense

After three scoreless innings, the Huskies offense came alive in the fourth. Amaral smacked a one out, double to right field. Junior clean up hitter, Grace Stephenson,  bashed a triple, well over the head of left fielder, Nicole Marchessault. Amaral scored easily on the play. As the left fielder retrieved the ball, Stephenson trucked around the bases. Head coach Craig Giarrusso held the catcher up at third base as the throw came in to home plate. Stephenson scored giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead, when Abby Razzino grounded to shortstop for the second out of the inning. Gabby Hollands lined out for the third out of the inning. 

The Wizards scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Amaral had just struck out the side, with leadoff hitter, Lindsay Morris on third base. Stephenson dropped the called third strike, and batter Kelsey Sullivan broke for first base. Stephenson one hopped the throw, Sullivan was safe and Morris skipped home from third to cut the Mt. Hope lead to, 2-1. Amaral struck out Brea Alves for the fourth strike out of the inning. 

Fifth inning

Freshman Elsa White reached base via bunt in the fifth. With one out, senior shortstop, Izzy Savinon smashed a double into the left centerfield gap. The speedy White scored from first base on the play to give the Huskies a, 3-1, lead. Savinon scored on a two out single by junior outfielder, Jayda Sylvia, for a, 4-1, Mt. Hope lead. 

More runs in the seventh

The Huskies broke the game open in the top of the seventh. White smacked a one out single. Savinon attempted to bunt and reached first base via error, to give the Huskies runners on first and second. Third baseman Sydney Crowell also reached on an error by the second baseman. White came around to score to make it, 5-1, Huskies. Sylvia bunted to Wizards third baseman Lindsay Morris and she threw her out at first base for the second out of the inning. Crowell moved to second base and Savinon scored on the play to give the Huskies a 6-1 lead. Amaral hit a swinging bunt and both the pitcher and first baseman fielded the ball. Amaral reached base safely, giving the Huskies runners on first and third base with two outs for Stephenson. The slugger got under the ball and hit a towering shot behind third base for a double. Both Crowell and Amaral scored to give Mt. Hope a commanding 8-1 lead. 

Amaral pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to win the game and start the Huskies post game celebration. 

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