McCann Tech softball clinches postseason spot with win over Sabis

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NORTH ADAMS - The McCann Tech Hornets achieved their first goal heading into this season, qualifying for the Western Massachusetts tournament with a 12-0 win over Sabis in five innings on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Aubrey Tetlow hit an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning to score senior Katie Gigliotti and the game-ending run.

"It's always our goal to get to Western Mass., but just the way that they have been playing and the team chemistry with this group is phenomenal," said McCann Tech coach Robin Finnegan.

The Hornets (10-6, 6-3 Bi-County West) aren't finished being satisfied yet, however, as there are still seeding and potential league titles on the line with four games left in the regular season.

"To reach our goal to make Western Mass. and we still have four games left, so now we just play for seeding and we are still in contention for first place in our conference as well ... so I have just got to keep them motivated and prepare them for the tournament," said Finnegan.

Looking back on it, Sabis head coach Tom Campagna probably knew that it could be a rough day in North Adams as the Bulldogs (9-8, 5-4) had bus troubles early on and then at McCann Tech the bus hit a metal gate once they got to campus.

Throwing in the fact that the Hornets were motivated to avenge an early season loss to the Bulldogs was only going to make things worse.

"Oh yeah, we definitely wanted to win this one," said Finnegan. "I'm not going to take anything away from them though — they had a tough bus ride getting here."

Once the game got under way after a nearly 40 minute delay, the Hornets swarmed out, playing aggressively on the base paths and at the plate to jump out to a 5-0 lead after sending 10 batters to the plate in the first inning.

The offensive onslaught continued for them as the Hornets scored at least one run in every inning.

"It's kind of funny because we have been kind of up and down with that this season," Finnegan said. "There would be games like today where we get a hit parade and then there are others where we struggle getting only two or three hits. So it was really important for us to take advantage of the runners on base and we started out patient since we were facing a pitcher that wasn't that accurate and then I just had them swing away and be aggressive, because we need to swing the bat especially when we face better pitchers."

On the mound, sophomore Meghan Goyette was phenomenal for the Hornets as she shut down the Bulldogs' bats, no-hitting them for the first three innings.

The Bulldogs appeared to finally be getting something going offensively in the fourth, getting three straight hits off of Goyette to load the bases with nobody out. Sabis squandered that opportunity, however, as Goyette was able induce an infield fly and an inning-ending double play to preserve the shutout.

"I threw mostly my curveball today, that was working the most and then my fastball, those were the two [pitches] that I relied on the most today," said Goyette.

Goyette was extremely efficient in her pitch count as well, throwing just 47 pitches in her complete-game, five-inning shutout.

"Meghan, she just doesn't walk anybody and she doesn't hit anybody. I think she's only walked three batters all year and she gets a lot of movement on her pitches and she's a fighter out there in the circle," Finnegan said. "She has confidence in her defense because she knows that she is going to get hit and I just tell her to put it right down the middle, work the corners and she does that, she does everything that I ask her to do and she fields her position pretty well, too."

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Sabis     000     00     -     0     3     6

McCann Tech     512     31     -     12     9     1

Jade Ficarra and n/a. Meghan Goyette and Alanza Quinones. W — Goyette. L — Ficarra. 2B — MT: Quinones, Madison DeGrenier-Leibenow, Aubrey Tetlow. S: Nasia Torres.

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