LYNN — The season came to a heartbreaking end for the Reading High softball team after a tough loss to Lynn Classical.
The Lady Rockets lost to the Rams, 2-1, in a MIAA Division 1 North first round game on Saturday afternoon in an all-out pitcher’s duel between Reading’s Emily Eagleston and Lynn Classical’s Brooke Warren.
With the game tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Lynn Classical capitalized scoring a huge run to ultimately win the game. Reading (14-8) threatened in the top of the seventh after Eagleston ripped a double with one out but the Lady Rockets were not able to get her home.
Although Reading’s season came to a tough end, coach Jill McElroy remained proud of her team for all they accomplished this season.
“We had a good run,” said McElroy. “I am very proud of the girls and I am proud of how hard they played. When it is back and forth like that, it is going to take one little mistake to change the game. I thought we going to make a comeback there in the seventh inning and make it interesting. I think Emily [Eagleston] was about five feet short of hitting it out of here to tie the game. But we had a good run and I am proud.”
Lynn Classical (16-5) will now move on the quarterfinals and take on the No. 2 seed Acton Boxboro (20-1) today.
It was a pitcher’s duel from the beginning as both pitchers were on point early. Eagleston finished the game in one of her strongest pitching performances of the season going six innings, allowing two runs, only one of them being earned, while striking out six. Lynn Classical pitcher Warren was just as strong as she pitched seven innings allowing one unearned run and struck out five.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the first real threat of the game came in the bottom half of the second when the Rams had a runner on third with only one out. Eagleston battled and was able to get the next two batters on a pop-up and strikeout to keep the Lynn Classical off the board.
Warren allowed just two Reading base-runners to reach in the first four innings with one being single in the third and the other a walk in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, the game’s first run was scored. With two outs in the inning, Rebecca Walker singled to center and quickly stole second getting into scoring position. Next batter, Ciara Collins lined a single to left scoring Walker and giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Reading came right back to tie the game. With one out, junior Tatiana Burcy singled to hopefully get something going for the Lady Rockets. Burcy got all the way to third on the play as the ball got by the centerfielder. Abby Hurley capitalized shooting a single to left scoring Burcey tying the game at 1-1.
After Eagleston had a quick bottom of the fifth getting the Rams in order, Reading started the top of the sixth promising. Katherine Fichera opened the inning with single to center. The Lady Rockets were unable, however, to move her along as Fichera was left stranded.
In the bottom of the sixth, with runners on first and third with one out, Walker came through for the Rams lining a single to score Kayla Morrill to give Lynn Classical the 2-1 lead.
Lynn Classical continued to threaten as it still had runners on second and third with only one out. But, Eagleston battled back to strike out the next two batters in hopes of giving her team one more chance to score.
Eagleston came up second in the top half of the seventh and lined a double to deep center, but that is all the Lady Rockets would do. Warren would strikeout the last two batters to give Lynn Classical the victory.