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Lady Mounties pull clutch win against Winnisquam

Berlin's Meagan Accardi gets swarmed by her teammates after hitting the game winning double against Winnisquam. Jonathan Benton. (click for larger version)
May 11, 2015
BERLIN — It all came down to the bottom of the seventh and the Berlin girls pulled themselves out of a six-inning rut to rally against the Bears 4-3 on Wednesday.

The ladies in red were in need of a jump start in the bottom of the seventh, down 3-1. Jill Williams was that spark. She led off for the home team with a first pitch single. Berlin then put the Winnisquam fielders to the test and took advantage of two errors in a row, batted by Chelsey Caron and Rylie Binette to plate Williams, making it 3-2. With nobody out, next up with the big bat was Meagan Accardi. As if the Mounties had finally found their groove, Accardi lit up another first pitch into a double liner that soared the winning runs.

On the defensive end there were also some key Berlin plays that saw the hometown heroines through. In the top of the seventh, Williams made a nice running catch for the first out. Winnisquam started to get things moving with a single, but the next play was a nice line drive catch by pitcher Jen Landers, who turned to Cait Reardon at first for a silencing double play.

Winnisquam had widened the gap with a walk and an error that brought in a run and put a runner waiting at third. Williams then made a big running catch into shallow left for the third out.

Landers had a tough day on the mound, going the distance for Berlin with four strikeouts, gave up four walks and three hits. On the other end the Lady Mounties made use of seven hits and one walk.

Berlin's first good chance at the lead came in the bottom of the second. After two outs Shaeleigh Valliere reached on walk, Myra Arsenault doubled on and Reardon singled on to load the diamond before the third out.

Winnisquam hit their big break in the top of the third. On a two-out rally the Bears gained a walk and then Lauren Bolstridge broke the game open with a two-run homer.

Berlin gave their rebuttal in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out rally of their own. Valliere pulled through again with a double and came home on an outfield error belted by Arsenault to get in the game, 2-1. Until the last inning Berlin had two more singles by Accardi and Mary Cordwell.

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