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Classical’s Adams shines in duel at Danvers

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Tori Adams and the Rams improved to 10-1 on the season. 

By MIKE ALONGI

DANVERS — It was a pitchers duel at Great Oaks Park on Wednesday afternoon, and it was Tori Adams and the Lynn Classical softball team who came out on top, 2-1, over Danvers. Adams pitched a complete game and gave up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and five walks.

“The way that she pitched in the tough situations today, getting out of those innings when we needed her to, it just shows how much confidence she has and how much she’s grown over the past year,” said Classical coach Erica Richard. “Let’s just hope it carries us through the rest of the week, because we have some more tough games coming up.”

On the other side, Danvers pitcher Daria Papamechail also pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

“Daria pitched well today, she was executing her pitches the whole game,” said Danvers coach Colleen Newbury. “We executed on that side of the ball, we just couldn’t really get the hits going at the right time today.”

The Rams struck first in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff double from Kayla Morrill, Papamechail struck out two straight batters and appeared to be on the verge of escaping the inning. But Emma DeJoie (2-for-3) knocked an RBI single to left field to put Classical up 1-0.

Danvers (9-3) came right back with a big threat in the bottom of the second, getting runners to first and second with no outs. But Adams came back and retired the next three batters in order to escape unscathed.

Classical (10-1) was right back at it in the top of the third. Rebecca Walker led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac-bunt by Johnna Calder. After Alaina Gridley popped out, Meghan Leavitt lined an RBI single up the middle to take a two-run lead.

The Falcons threatened once again in the bottom of the third, loading up the bases with just one out. Adams struck out the next batter for the second out, but then let a pitch get away and Erica Haibon raced in from third on the passed ball, making it 2-1. Runners then stood at second and third with two outs, but Adams forced a groundout to get out of the inning.

From there, both pitchers settled down. Papamechail retired 11 of the final 14 batters she faced, and Adams worked out of small jams in the bottom of the fifth and sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Danvers had its best chance to steal a win. The Falcons got runners to first and second with one out for Krista Kennedy, who rocketed a single to centerfield. The tying run likely would’ve scored on the play, but DeJoie made a great throw from centerfield to keep the runner on third and the bases loaded. Then Classical got a force out at the plate to once again save the run, and sealed the win on a groundout to Adams.

“This was a big game for us, not only because it was against a very good Danvers team but also because we were coming off our first loss of the year on Monday,” said Richard. “We knew we had to come out and get it going early, and we were able to put runners on and get out of tough innings when we needed to.”

From here, Classical will continue a tough week of games with a game against cross-town rival Lynn English this afternoon. Danvers will take on Marblehead this afternoon.

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