GLOUCESTER — It was just what one would expect from a young and inexperienced team on opening day.
With a roster loaded with underclassmen, the Gloucester softball team certainly did a lot of good things against Winthrop on Wednesday. But at certain points in the game the team’s inexperience showed in the form of a few mental mistakes and untimely errors. Add that to the fact that Gloucester was facing a very tough pitcher in Maura Lanza on an experienced Winthrop squad and the result was a 9-6 Vikings win at Burnham’s Field.
“There were definitely a lot of positives but our inexperience showed,” Gloucester head coach John Nicastro said. “We had a few mental mistakes and we were facing a tough team with good pitching and defense. We just need to play with confidence.”
On the plus side Gloucester (0-1) got some nice production out of the top of its batting order as Tess Benson, Katie Munroe, Olivia Legendre and Sophie Black combined for six of the team’s seven hits and scored four of the team’s six runs.
“The top of our order looked strong,” Nicastro said. “And they got stronger with each at bat, it was nice to see.”
Gloucester also finished strong. Trailing 9-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning the team strung together three hits and were able to plate four runs, putting themselves back in the game. Freshman Kiley Allen (single) and Sabrina Maciel (walk) came in to score the first two runs of the frame on a fielding error. Black drove in the next two runs on a single to left to make it 9-6 but it was too late as Lanza was able to get out of the inning to preserve the Winthrop win.
After two scoreless innings Winthrop got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Jenny Adamson led off the inning with a walk and then beat a throw to second base on a ground ball in the infield to put two on with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt Christine Haskell drove in both base runners with a double to make it 2-0 Vikings.