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After rough start, Classical softball team beats Everett

Classical's Kayla Morrill watches her hit before taking off for first. (Spenser R. Hasak)

LYNN — The Classical softball team didn’t make things easy on itself but the Rams rallied to earn a 7-3 win over Northeastern Conference foe Everett Saturday at Grace Rogato Field.

The Rams ran into trouble with three errors in the second inning, leading to a 2-1 hole but settled down to get the win.

“It took us a couple innings and we were kind of due for an inning like that,” Rams coach Erika Richard said. “I think we did a good job handling it. Once we got settled in we started to focus.”

Mary Collins (1-for-4, RBI, run) had a key RBI triple to get the Rams started on a five-run rally in the fourth inning. Rebecca Walker (1-for-3, two RBI, walk, run), Kiara Edmonds (2-for-3, RBI, run, walk) and Maggie McHale (2-for-4, RBI, run) all had key hits. Maddie Dana added one RBI while Amanda Wilkins, Ciara Collins and Kayla Morrill each scored one run.

“We had that big fourth inning where Mary Collins came up with a huge triple,” Richard said. “Once we scored those runs we felt like, ‘alright we can do this.’

“It really got us started,” Richard said. “Especially with this team, if we do lose we want to lose because the other team played better than us. We don’t want to feel like we beat ourselves. They used that momentum once we got it started and didn’t stop. We finished it out and that was a great win.”

Brooke Warren pitched all seven innings for Classical. She allowed one earned run on seven hits while striking out three.

The Rams had a promising start on offense after Warren struck out two in the top of the first. Wilkins got the Rams started with a double and Edmonds laced a RBI single later in the inning to put Classical ahead 1-0.

The Crimson Tide responded with two hits in the second inning to put runners on first and third. Next, an uncharacteristic pair of errors by the Rams, including botched throw on a double steal and an infield error, allowed both runs to score to put Everett ahead 2-1.

Everett added to its lead in the third inning with a pair of singles and a stolen base to go ahead 3-1.

The Rams bats came alive in the fourth inning. Ciara Collins reached after being hit by a pitch and Mary Collins laced a RBI triple to cut the Everett lead to 3-2. That opened the floodgates for Classical’s offense. McHale plated Mary Collins on a RBI single to tie the game at 3-3 before Morill and Edmonds each singled to load the bases. Walker came through next with a two-run single and Dana drove in a run on a single of her own to give Classical at 6-3 lead.

Classical added another run in the sixth inning. A pair of Everett infield errors and a single by Warren loaded the bases for the Rams and Walker scored on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 7-3.

The Rams defense cleaned things up from there, with Warren allowing just one hit in the final three innings to close out the win for Classical.

“I just talked to them after the game and I told them to remember this feeling,” Richard said. “Because we can do it but we have to make sure we play like we did the last couple innings (Saturday) for the whole game.”

The Rams (7-2) had a day of rest before a game on the road at Revere Monday (4:30).

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