ESSEX — Yesterday’s meeting between the Rockport and Manchester Essex softball teams was the kind of game both coaches must now push their teams to forget.
For the Vikings and coach Dianne Parisi, the task is to keep the team grounded after a five-inning, 18-0, mercy rule-shortened drubbing of their CAL rivals.
On the other side, Hornets’ coach Steve Price must push his squad to forget about such a lopsided affair and move on with the season.
It didn’t take long for yesterday’s game, held at Essex’s Memorial Field, to get out of hand, as the visiting Vikings plated nine runs and sent their entire lineup to the plate before a single out was recorded in the top of the first inning.
Shortstop Hannah Lorden got it started with a leadoff double. An error and a walk loaded the bases for Kayla Parisi, who cleared the bases with a three-run double. Two more walks, an error and a hit followed before Meaghan Wonson laced a two-run double to extend the lead.
In total, the Vikings sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning, and before the Hornets even got a chance to hit, the game was all-but over.
Rockport (2-1) tacked on three runs in the second and third innings and added one in the fourth and two in the fifth to secure the lopsided victory and improve to 2-1 on the year.
Wonson led the way for the Vikings, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, four RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Emily Faulds and right fielder Courtney Nelson each added three hits and two RBI apiece, while Lorden, Mollie Watson and Allie Davis all knocked in runs.
Davis and Isobel MacCrate each scored three times in the game’s first three innings, as well.