MALDEN– Classical softball coach Erika Richard feels she has a hefty list of players who are capable of contributing during key moments. Richard’s Rams proved her right Wednesday at Callahan Park.
Classical, in its first Northeastern Conference game of the season, rolled past Malden for a 24-0 five-inning win.
“I’m excited,” Richard said. “We have a really good core of experience on our team. I’m excited that we have so many players that are going to step up this year. We don’t have to rely on one or two kids. Anywhere in our order on any given day and (Rams pitcher) Brooke (Warren) will keep us in any game. The way she’s battling and the way she’s throwing, we have a good shot at having a really good year.”
Warren pitched the first four innings of Wednesday’s win. She allowed two hits, walked three and struck out five. Abby Fila pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth in relief.
Offensively, the Rams collected 22 hits. Madison Dana (4-for-5, four RBI), Kayla Morrill (5-for-6, two RBI), and Kiara Edmonds (4-for-5, five RBI) led the charge.
“The first time through we were a little ahead of it,” Richard said. “The second time through we adjusted and did a good job of putting the ball in play. We had a lot of solid hits, line drives to the outfield.”
Staying loose and ready to play hasn’t been easy for Classical. The Rams missed their scheduled season opener before traveling to Florida for two games. Monday’s game against Revere was postponed to Tuesday due to rain. Tuesday’s game was then pushed back to May 18 because of unplayable field conditions. Wednesday’s game was supposed to be played at Breed but the wet field forced Classical to travel to Malden instead.
“We’re just happy to be outside and playing,” Richard said. “This was our first game that wasn’t in Disney. This was our first league game. We were just excited to get going and get outside. We’re excited for the rest of the year.
“It’s hard,” Richard said. “When you’re inside it gets old pretty quick. We’re just trying to take it one day at a time, stay focused and be ready to go. We were excited that we got to come here and play today because our field wasn’t ready. We’re ready to go at any moment against anybody.”
The Rams left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning but went to work from there. Dana laced a one-out double in the top of the second to start a five-run Classical rally. Maggie McHale scored pinch-runner Mary Collins with a RBI single. Morrill’s RBI single brought McHale home. Edmonds kept the rally alive with a 2-RBI single, scoring Faessler and Amanda Wilkins. Rebecca Walker laced a RBI single, plating Morrill with the final run of the inning.
“There are all types of different speeds and all types of different pitchers in this league,” Richard said. “I was just excited that we adjusted as quickly as we did. Once we did, we were aggressive at the plate and put the ball in play.”
Wilkins drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the third, bumping the lead to 6-0. Morrill followed with a 2-RBI single and Edmonds poured in a RBI single. Morrill and Edmonds raced home on passed balls, giving Classical a 11-0 lead into the bottom of the third.
Edmonds’ 2-RBI single highlighted the top of the fourth. Dana hit a RBI single and Classical tacked on another run on a Malden error.
Ahead 15-0, Classical added nine runs to its lead in the top of the fifth. The Rams sent 13 batters to the plate before Malden collected an out.
Fila worked around a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 24-0 win.
Classical (2-1) battles against crosstown rival English Thursday (4).