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Lynnfield Girls Softball, Founded in 1980

The Lynnfield Girls Softball League's dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe outlet for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to provide a healthy feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

Amazing Turnaround Nets LHS Varsity Tourney Berth

The Fall and Rise of the LHS Varsity Softball Team

On May 4, the Lynnfield High Varsity Softball team played an uninspired game and lost a 4-1 decision to Ipswich, a team in the middle of the pack in the Cape Ann League Small Division. Their sixth straight loss dropped the young, underachieving Pioneers to 3-7 on the season. Hopes for a fifth straight tournament appearance looked dim.

On Monday, May 23, the Pioneers accomplished the improbable. Their 8-1 victory over Newburyport gave them a 9-8 record and a berth in the Division 3 North tournament. Even their loss during that run, a 4-1 decision to a strong Pentucket team, was well-played and in doubt to the end.

So what changed? How did a group that appeared destined for disappointment reel off six wins in seven games?

At a Pasta Party the day after the Ipswich loss, tri-captains Olivia DeLuca, Annika Han and Abbie Weaver held a players-only meeting. The message to the team of three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen was this: relax, play ball and don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Every girl on the team knew the Pioneers were better than they had showed to that point and it was not too late to let the world know it.

That's when they started playing for each other and playing as a team.

The next day the Pioneers visited East Boston, a good team in a weak league. As they have done every time in their five-year rivalry, Lynnfield won easily. The following Monday, Lynnfield won its second straight in an emotional extra-inning walk-off over Manchester-Essex at LHS. But the vanquished Hornets were a two-win team and the Pioneers needed everything they had to eke out the win. The tournament still seemed unlikely.

Next up was Georgetown on Friday, May 13. Lynnfield routed the Royals, who were winless in the league. This left the club at 6-7, needing to win three of five in a tough stretch of games against the Cape Ann League Large Division.

By way of background, the Pioneers competed in the CAL Small Division in the previous four tournament trips. When Hamilton-Wenham re-entered the league this spring, Lynnfield was bumped to the CAL Large Division. This meant two games against perennially strong teams such as North Reading and Masconomet, as well as Triton, Newburyport and Pentucket. It was the last thing that an inexperienced team with only three seniors needed.

Lynnfield also dealt with numerous illnesses and injuries. Strep throat and the stomach flu seemed as present in the dugout as bats and helmets. Returning junior starter Lauren Maloney missed essentially all season with an injured ankle. Fellow returning junior starter Leigh Guerra began the season well, but the left fielder missed the last three weeks with a shoulder injury. Starting shorstop Rachel Badger also missed time with a shoulder injury. Another player ran into eligibility issues and missed most of the season.

As if that weren't enough, for the all-important Triton game on Monday, May 16, two-time CAL all-star and Tufts recruit Han was out. The Pioneers had edged Triton, 6-5, in their first meeting, but this time the game was in Byfield and the Vikings had played much better as the season progressed.

Not to worry. The determined Pioneers scored early and often in a 10-2 victory. It was a defining point in the season.

Next up was Pentucket, which had rallied to beat Lynnfield earlier in the season, 13-7. Lynnfield played well in the rematch, without Han and Badger, but their bats went cold and the Sachems departed LHS with a 4-1 win. Lynnfield could feel good about their effort, but the loss left them with almost no room for error.

With three games left, the Pioneers needed to win two, including at least one against a team that had beaten them the first time around. First Lynnfield had to visit Masconomet, who they had downed by a run in their prior meeting punctuated by a running, bases-loaded, game-ending catch by Han. The Pioneer bats woke up and their 18-13 win left them a victory away from the tournament.

Lynnfield’s six-game losing streak started back on April 20 with an embarrassing 8-1 loss to a Newburyport team that had not won a league game to that point. Here were the Clippers now, the only thing that stood between Lynnfield and the promised land.

The Pioneers took an early lead, but the game was close into the middle innings. While Lynnfield chipped away with a run here and there, sophomore ace Hayley O’Brien – who pitched in all but two of her team’s 18 regular-season games – held the Clippers down with the help of a vastly improved defense. When the final out was record in a 1-2-3 seventh, Lynnfield was 9-8 and in the tournament.

Their final contest was a lopsided loss to Division 2 North Reading, which was undefeated in league play. Fortunately, it was not the must-win that it could have been. The tournament starts next week.

The Pioneers’ impressive rebound was sparked by O’Brien in the circle along with the leadership and play of Han (centerfield and pitcher), Weaver (second base) and DeLuca (right field). Juniors Christina Castadoro (left field) and Shannon Furey (first base) stepped in and improved steadily as they gained the varsity experience they lacked when the season started. Badger was a rock at shortstop and contributed big hits along the way, despite her injury. Juniors Kathleen Hamm and Kelly Dillon, platooning at catcher and third base, added solid defense, hitting and spirit. Despite their injuries, Guerra and Maloney were always on the bench supporting the team; one or both could be ready for the tournament.

But it was a pair of freshmen – Allie Wing and Taylor Tringali – who were the Pioneers’ secret weapons. Wing, a catcher who can also play infield and stepped in to play center in Han’s absence, is relatively small in size but swings a big bat. Among the team leaders in extra base hits, she also gunned out multiple runners attempting to steal when working with O’Brien behind the plate. Tringali, a third baseman, held her own at shortstop filling in for Badger and moved into a starting role at third upon Badger’s return. She also proved herself more than capable at the plate, including driving home the game-winner (following a Wing double) in the pivotal win over Manchester-Essex.

No matter how the tournament turns out for Lynnfield, 2016 was a season to remember with pride. And with almost everyone back next spring, the future looks good as well.


by posted 05/25/2016
League Banquet, Wednesday, June 22

LGS League Banquet is June 22 at Prince Pizza

Our annual league banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at Prince Pizza in Saugus beginning at 6 pm. All players and coaches are invited to attend and enjoy pizza, salad and beverages. We have also asked Prince to set aside an area for parents and siblings to sit and order off the menu. We will invite the parents/siblings in for the awards ceremony. The event usually lasts about an hour. Please note that the raffle tickets we handed out have the wrong date.


by posted 05/25/2016
Tigers Undefeated, No One Winless as 4th Week Begins

As Weather Turns Better, LGS Action Heats Up

All seven Lynnfield Junior and Senior Division teams have posted at least one win in the early stages of the Essex County Softball League season, with the Senior League's Tigers boasting a 5-0 record through Monday, May 16.

The other two Senior League teams are the Dodgers, who are 2-2 thus far, and the Shamrocks, who take a 1-3 record into tonight’s game at LHS against the Topsfield Reds.

In the Junior Division, parity is the key word. The Lynnfield Marlins are 3-2, while the Cubs and Blue Jays sport 2-3 records and the Mariners are 2-4.

In the Farm League, our two teams are getting better every time out. The Lynnfield Lightning and Lynnfield Bulldogs have been competitive in all their contests, both in and out of town.

In other action tonight, the Lynnfield Tigers take on the Topsfield Panthers at LMS, while the Cubs travel to play the Middleton Marlins and the Blue Jays visit the Topsfield Tigers.


by posted 05/02/2016
Lynnfield Varsity Downs Masco

Pioneers beat Masco in Slugfest

The LHS Varsity bats came alive at Masconomet Regional High School on Thursday, May 19, as the Pioneers outslugged the Chieftains, 18-13. The Pioneers were again shorthanded, but the team pulled together and put up back-to-back five-run innings in the third and fourth innings to take a commanding lead. Masco was equally determined, however, and battled to the end.

Lynnfield needs to win one of its final two games next week -- at Newburyport on Monday and home vs. North Reading on Wednesday -- to clinch its fifth straight trip to the MIAA Division 3 North tournament.

Meanwhile, the LHS Junior Varsity continued to roll. The team beat Masco yesterday and has lost only two games all season.

LHS falls in close contest 

The Lynnfield Varsity Softball Team battled a strong Pentucket team throughout the game, but dropped a 4-1 decision at the High School field. Hayley O'Brien was brilliant in the circle and the Pioneers had big hits from Kathleen Hamm (run scored), Allie Wing (RBI double) and O'Brien (two-out triple), but couldn't string enough offense together. LHS (7-8 overall, 5-8 CAL) travels to Masco this afternoon in its third-to-last game of the season.

Pioneers rout Triton and Georgetown to Get Back to .500

Following six straight midseason losses, the Lynnfield Pioneers Varsity Softball Team was 3-7 and watching their hopes of a fifth straight MIAA tournament appearance slip away. But the team rallied to down non-league East Boston, edged Manchester-Essex in a walkoff, extra-inning thriller and ripped Georgetown in a night game on Friday, May 13.

With five games remaining, all against the powerhouse Cape Ann League Large Division (that the Pioneers joined this year after always playing in the Small Division), Lynnfield faced a situation where it needed three wins. First up was Triton on Monday night, May 16.

Lynnfield had knocked off the Vikings, 6-5, in their opener. But Triton had played well since then and the game was way up in Byfield. Worse, tri-captain and Tufts recruit Annika Han and junior third baseman Kelly Dillon were both out, and two other key players were unavailable due to injury.

So all the rejuvenated Pioneers did was jump out to a quick lead and never look back, ripping the Vikings, 10-2. This improved the team's overall record to 7-7 and put them in position where a split of their final four games (Wednesday vs. Pentucket, Thursday at Masco, Monday at Newburyport and next Wednesday vs. North Reading) would allow the team to qualify for the Division 3 tournament. It's still a tough task ahead -- North Reading is undefeated in the league and Pentucket has only two losses, while Newburyport (an 8-1 loss first time) and Masco (one-run win) are both playing better. Either way, the girls deserve a lot of credit for battling all season long despite the injuries, illnesses and other misfortunes they've been dealt.

Freshmen Magic Leads Pioneers to Walk-Off Win

In a hard-fought battle with the Manchester-Essex Hornets on Wednesday, May 11, Lynnfield's Varsity Softball Team won its second straight game with a 6-5, 9-inning walk-off victory.

Freshman catcher Allie Wing -- who gunned out a Hornet runner stealing to end the top off the ninth -- led off the bottom half with a booming double to straightaway center. Senior tri-captain Abbie Weaver -- who made several sterling plays in the field and was in the mix on most of Lynnfield's offensive success -- blooped a single over the drawn-in first baseman to put runners at first and third with no out. Freshman shortstop Taylor Tringali then did her job, putting the ball in play in a difficult enough place to allow Wing to easily score the game-winner.

Sophomore hurler Hayley O'Brien fought through occasional control problems to earn the win in the circle. The Pioneers, who lost to Ipswich and defeated East Boston the previous week, are now 5-7 overall with six games to play. LHS travels to Georgetown for a 6 pm game on Friday.

M-E, 2-10 overall, jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Lynnfield battled back with two runs in the third (two-run hit by Annika Han). The Pioneers took a 4-3 lead in the fifth and threatened more with runners on second and third and no outs, but two hard smashes found the M-E shortstop's glove for an out and an inning-ending double play.

The Hornets went ahead in the seventh, 5-4, but the Pioneers tied it in the bottom half to send the game to extra innings.

Amesbury Rallies in 7th to Avert Upset

The Lynnfield varsity softball team gave a great indication of its potential on Tuesday when it led once-beaten Amesbury, 7-6, heading into the seventh inning. The Pioneers (3-6) saw their chances for an upset slip away as Amesbury rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh and an 11-7 victory.

Annika Han pitched well for Lynnfield and Allie Wing had a booming triple to right-centerfield to start a Lynnfield rally in the third.

The Pioneers are back at it today (5/4) at Ipswich.

Hamilton-Wenham takes down Lynnfield

The Lynnfield varsity softball team lost its fourth straight game Friday afternoon, 11-5, to league newcomer Hamilton-Wenham to fall to 3-5 on the season. The Pioneers opened the scoring in the first when Rachel Badger singled, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Weaver and scored on a hit by Hayley O'Brien. The bottom half was not so kind as the base umpire called five consecutive illegal pitches to start the game and set the tone; this was the first time all year that hurler O'Brien had been called for illegal pitches, but it seriously hurt the Lynnfield cause. The Generals scored five times with the benefit of only one hit in the frame and never looked back.

Lynnfield gets back at it on Monday against Amesbury.

Meanwhile, the Lynnfield JV is quietly compiling a solid winning record. The group is 6-2 overall.

 

Pioneers Fall to Rockport

After a 3-1 start, the LHS varsity softball team has fallen on some hard times. The Pioneers dropped an error-filled 8-1 decision to Newburyport on Wednesday, April 20. The team followed that up with perhaps their best showing of the season in a 5-3 loss to one of the Cape Ann League's two best teams, North Reading. Then, on Monday the 25th, the Pioneers again had the error bug as they fell to visiting Rockport, 16-6.

Lynnfield (3-4 overall, 2-4 Cape Ann League) has a big showdown in Hamilton-Wenham on Friday, the 29th.

 

Three-Run Inning Carries Pioneers to Win

A three-run third inning was all the Lynnfield High varsity needed to edge visiting Masconomet, 3-2, on Friday, April 15. Hits by Abbie Weaver, Rachel Badger and Annika Han, along with an RBI ground out by Hayley O'Brien accounted for the runs.

Masco crawled back in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs and loading the bases. But Han snagged a hard liner to center to end it and preserve O'Brien's second win in three outings.

LHS (2-1) hosts East Boston in a non-league tilt on Monday (10:30 am).

Pioneers Rally, but Fall at Pentucket

Lynnfield rallied from an early 4-0 deficit with a seven-run third inning, but eventually fell to Pentucket, 13-7, at the Pines in Groveland.

Freshman Taylor Tringali, in her first varsity at-bat, led off the Pioneer rally with a single to right field. Junior first baseman Christina Castadoro also notched her first varsity hit in the inning, which saw 12 Pioneers step to the plate. Abbie Weaver, Rachel Badger, Leigh Guerra and Olivia DeLuca had hits in the inning as well.

Sophomore Hayley O'Brien was again on the hill for Lynnfield. She was victimized by some bad bounces, a few defensive lapses and two two-out, two-run home runs that barely cleared the 195-foot (or so) fence as Pentucket gamely rallied back. O'Brien had Lynnfield's only extra-base hit, a double that one-hopped the fence in straightaway centerfield.

Lynnfield (1-1) is back at it Friday at home vs. Masconomet. Game time is 3:45. 

LHS Opens with Win Over Triton

The Lynnfield High Varsity opened its 2016 campaign with a 6-5 walkoff victory over visiting Triton on Monday, April 11. Hayley O'Brien singled home Annika Han with the game-winner in the bottom of the 7th.

Lynnfield had tied the score, 5-5, in the bottom of the sixth when Olivia "Smiley" DeLuca sprinted home from second on an errant pickoff throw. Triton had rallied to take the lead with four runs in the top of the sixth.

O'Brien went the distance on the mound for the win. She was aided by solid defensive play throughout the game.

Lynnfield opened the scoring in the third on an RBI single by Rachel Badger, scoring tri-captain Abbie Weaver from second. Triton tied it in the top of the fourth, but Lynnfield came back with three runs of their own in the bottom half. O'Brien led off the inning with a hit and pinch-runner Taylor Tringali moved to second on a ground out. Kathleen Hamm reached on an error, scoring Tringali. One out later, Leigh Guerra's grounder in the hole was bobbled and thrown wide, plating pinch-runner Allie Wing. Shannon Furey singled, scoring Guerra with the fourth Lynnfield run.

The Pioneers travel to Pentucket on Wednesday.


by posted 04/15/2016
Great Fun at LGS Banquet

The Isotopes, pictured here at Prince Pizza following the league banquet, reached the playoff semifinals

 

Banquet a Hit

Over 100 players, coaches and parents turned out to enjoy food and each other's company on Monday night, June 22, at Prince Pizza. Every player received a Lynnfield Girls Softball t-shirt and 14 graduating 8th graders took home a special trophy.

The event capped off another excellent season for the league. It was also a transitional year as we joined the Essex County Women's Softball League after having been an in-town league for much or all of our existence. The LGS also welcomed players from grades 2-4 for the first time, and they played (and played well) in the ECWSL's Farm League.

We can't wait for next year and bigger and better things.

 


by posted 06/24/2015
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