EAST BOSTON – The Suffolk softball team strung three consecutive jacks in the bottom of the fourth to lock up a 9-1, five-inning victory in the two-game series opener over Anna Maria Saturday afternoon at East Boston Memorial Park.
SCORE: Suffolk 9, Anna Maria 1
RECORDS: Suffolk (21-14, 13-6 GNAC) | Anna Maria (4-24, 2-16 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Rams runners came in in the first and second, respectively, to give the hosts a 2-0 lead over the AMCATS. An Anna Maria error let Sydney Littlefield come in in the first frame, while a ground out RBI from Devlin Frost scored McKenzie McGrath, who reached on lead-off single, for the 2-0 early edge.
The score held from there before the monster bottom of the fourth put the game away. Morgan Parmeter started things off with a walk and advanced to second on a successful bunt from Jaclyn Flint. The runners were pushed over by a sac bunt from Sydney Littlefield to set up Frost's three RBI dinger over the right field fence. Jill Pulek and Delaney Sylvester followed with blasts of their own to stretch the advantage 7-0 Suffolk.
McGrath and Littlefield each collected an RBI apiece thanks to a single and a walk, respectively, for the 9-0 margin after four innings.
Anna Maria brought one run in the fifth, but the Rams' defense held the AMCATS to just one to secure the 9-1 victory, Suffolk's eighth straight.
- Sylvester and Littlefield were each perfect in their plate appearances. Sylvester's day at the dish featured a 2-for-2 performance with both hits going for extra bases, a double and homer, for one RBI and one run. Littlefield, meanwhile, went 1-for-1 with one RBI, one run and two walks.
- Flint went 3-for-4 at bat and scored one run.
- McGrath recorded multiple hits with a 2-for-3 effort for one RBI and one run.
- Frost's lone hit went over the fences as the junior outfielder led the way with four RBI and scored one run.
- Ali Yamakaitis threw a one-run, one-hit, three-walk, five-strikeout effort in 5.0 frames.
- Alexis Romano let up nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 4.0 innings.
- Suffolk stretches its win streak to eight straight, its best of the season and longest since stringing nine victories together April 23-May 4, 2016.
- The Rams kept their perfect record against the AMCATS in tact, moving to 11-0 all-time versus Anna Maria.
- For the seventh time this season, Suffolk produced multiple runs with three different Rams going yard.
Suffolk wraps up its home slate with the twin bill closer against the AMCATS at 2 p.m.