LYNN — The English softball team pushed across seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, rolling to a 14-2 win in five innings over Lynn Tech at Grace Rogato Field Friday.
“It’s kind of been a long season for us, and it was great to see us come out with so much firepower,” said English coach Ashley Aldred. “I think we’ve grown a lot over the season, and it showed in the way we were able to be patient at the plate and make the most of our opportunities.”
One of the big highlights was the performance of English pitcher Elena Sierra, who tossed all five innings and allowed two runs on two hits with 12 strikeouts. Sierra also went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored.
“Elena’s just gotten so much better over the course of the year,” Aldred said. “She’s become more consistent, she’s throwing a lot of strikes and she gave us her best performance of the year. It was great to see that from her.”
Leading the offense were Julia Chen (2-for-3), Ashley Martinez (1-for-3), Kyanna Guillen (2-for-2) and Jenavier Tejada (1-for-1), who each had two RBI. Gealina Chicon (1-for-2) and Vanessa Paul (0-for-2) each had one RBI.
For Tech, Adrianna Torres and Aleida Torres each had one hit.
“(Sierra) had a great game,” said Tech coach Beth Mercaldi. “We had a couple hits and were able to make a few nice plays in the field, but it just wasn’t enough out there.”
The Bulldogs did not waste much time in this one. After Sierra set down the Tech batters in order on three strikeouts in the top of the first, English stepped up to the plate and started doing damage. Two walks and a passed ball put two runners in scoring position for Martinez, who laced a 2-RBI single into right field to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. After two more walks loaded the bases, Chicon beat out a RBI infield single to make it 3-0. Guillen followed with a RBI walk, then Paul brought home another run with a RBI groundout. Two more runs ended up coming home on passed balls, and after the first inning English held a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs were able to add another run in the bottom of the third when Chen knocked a RBI single to make it 8-0.
In the top of the fourth, Tech showed some life at the plate. It started when Adrianna Torres broke up Sierra no-hitter with a single to centerfield. Ariella Long followed with a walk, then both runners were able to advance on a passed ball. Aleida Torres reached on an infield single to put runners on first and third, then a series of passed balls ended up bringing both runners home to make it a 8-2 game. The threat ended there, however, as Sierra was able to notch back-to-back strikeouts to escape the inning.
English continued to add on in the bottom of the fourth, getting RBI singles from Guillen and Chen to make it 10-2 and then scoring twice on passed balls to go up 12-2.
The game ended in the bottom of the fifth after Tejada smacked a pinch-hit 2-RBI single to make it 14-2 and invoke the 11-run rule.
Tech will play on the road at Presentation of Mary Academy Tuesday (4).
English has a quick turnaround, going up against Classical in the opening round of the Holland Tournament Saturday (5:30).
“We’re excited to get another crack at Classical,” said Aldred. “Hopefully we can make it a different outcome than last time. I think our pitching, our hitting and our fielding have all gotten better since then, so I think it will be a competitive game.”