Lady Trojans Earn Home Playoff Game

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Twinfield coaches Christin Martin (front, left) and Summer Haverick (front, right) talk to their team during a huddle before taking to the field. Pictured in back (from left) are: Sophi Mancini, Ella Marshia and Kim DeBona.

by Ken Brown

MARSHFIELD – The Twinfield-Cabot-Danville (TCD) softball team flipped a switch the last three weeks, winning seven of their last nine to close out the regular at 9-6, earning them a home game this week in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.

Aydyn Paige and Aleacya Moshinskie powered the Lady Trojan offense with four hits each and a pair of doubles as they outlasted Division III Thetford Academy at home last Monday 14-11. Austin Roos added two hits of her own, including a double and winning pitcher Maddi Duke struck out four over six innings of work. Maddy Mousley paced the Lady Panthers with a 3-5 performance at the plate, including a double, Taylor West went 2-5 with a triple, and Makayla Stanley struck out six in suffering the loss in the circle. Thetford Academy finished up the season at 8-6 and will be the second seed in the upcoming Division III tournament.

“We had a great game against Thetford, with some strong defensive plays, minimal errors, which kept them from capitalizing on some rallies. We ran the bases well and did a good job of capitalizing on their mistakes. Summer and I were really proud of how the girls played both offensively and defensively against a team like that and limiting our errors allowed us to continue building on our lead each inning,” said co-head Coach Christin Martin.

Abigail Langlois went 3-3, with a double, and two walks to help BFA-Fairfax snap TCD’s five game win streak at home Thursday 17-4. Melissa Hall added a pair of doubles for the Lady Bullets and Anna Villeneuve earned the win, striking out eight in six innings of work. Aydyn Paige kept her bat hot for the Lady Trojans with a 4-4 performance at the plate and Aleacya Moshinskie and Hannah Haverick combined for four more hits and a pair of doubles in the loss. Kendall Hale took the loss, striking out four in four plus innings.

“This was a tough game and we had a harder time figuring out Villeneuve in this one. They drove the ball well with some solid line drives and were hitting gaps all day. The girls did a good job of hanging in there and battled to get runners on base, but just didn’t string together enough hits to create big innings,” said Martin.

Aleacya Moshinskie strung together five more hits, including a triple and Austin Roos belted a home run to lead the Lady Trojans to a 16-12 road win over Randolph on Saturday. Kendall Hale and Aydyn Paige combined for six more hits to lead a balanced attack and Maddi Duke struck out eight over seven innings to pick up the win. The senior hurler ended a late seventh inning rally with a punch out to end the game. Shiloh Lake allowed 10 hits and struck out six over five innings in the loss for Randolph as they fell to 1-13.

“Randolph was an awesome game and the girls played one of their best complete games of the season. There were a lot of pressure moments throughout the game and we were excited to watch the girls execute and battle through it. The girls kept their energy up, were raring to play from the start, and also kept calm when it counted. Summer and I are super proud of this team and how well they’ve been working together all year and all the time and effort spent in practice is showing through in games,” said Martin.

TCD’s hot play to end the regular season earned them a home playoff match-up with tenth seeded Northfield on Tuesday. If they advance they will travel to second-seeded Richford on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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