Bobcats take two of three following break

Plymouth’s Calli DeGrace unloads on this offering for a grand slam home run during the second inning of Monday’s 11-0 win over Bow. Matt Perloff. (click for larger version)
May 06, 2009
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional High School softball team saw plenty of action at the plate over the past week, earning a pair of easy wins as they took two out of three coming out of the April break.

The Bobcats (5-2) unloaded against Kingswood last Wednesday and Bow on Monday, but faced a much bigger challenge Friday against Bishop Brady, where they'd suffer their first loss since mid-April.

Plymouth's first game after the April vacation saw them hosting Kingswood. The Bobcats had no trouble topping the inexperienced Knights squad, scoring early and often as they secured a blowout victory in four innings.

Plymouth had several players with multiple hits, with Pam Dubey headlining the effort as she collected three hits and five runs batted in on the afternoon. On the mound, the Bobcats sent out three pitchers, giving innings to Courtney DeCosta, Brittney Paquette and Alicia Barney.

Two days later, Plymouth faced the opposite end of the spectrum in the Class I field, taking on Bishop Brady. The Bobcats got a solid pitching effort from DeCosta, but errors would give the Green Giants the opportunities they needed to take control, while the offense struggled to get anything going as Plymouth took a 6-0 loss.

DeCosta pitched six innings, surrendering just one earned run in the loss. The Bobcats' lone hit came from captain Calli DeGrace, who singled to break up the no-hit bid.

Plymouth's offense and defense were back on track Monday, as they returned home to host Bow. DeGrace delivered one of the biggest hits of the season as she stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the second, tagging a pitch over the fence in left for a grand slam. That set the tone the rest of the way, as the Bobcats chipped away at the Falcons' pitching to secure an 11-0 win.

DeCosta and Paquette combined to throw a perfect game through five innings, with DeCosta striking out five over three innings and Paquette fanning four over two. Barney game in to throw the final two innings, striking out five.

At the plate, DeGrace was joined by multi-hit performances from Dubey and Alex D'Ambruoso, while Stacey Howard added a single and double while driving home three runs. The defense was also sharper this time around, with Kat LaBrie leading the way as she put up a solid performance manning first base.

At 5-2, Plymouth has built up a promising start with its young team, but plenty of challenges still await with more than half the season left. The Bobcats were slated to face Kearsarge on Wednesday and will host Pembroke on Friday at 4:15 p.m.

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