|Bill Diamond Softball's Oakley McLeod bats during|
a Windham Little League softball game at Manchester
School on Sunday, July 26.
PHOTO BY MATT PASCARELLA
By Matt Pascarella
Sunday, July 26 was another hot afternoon, but didn’t stop Bill Diamond Softball team from once again taking an early lead against House Team #1 at Manchester softball field.
House Team #1 took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but not only did Bill Diamond’s defense end the first half of that inning with the bases loaded, they got the bats swinging early and had runners hit home plate multiple times in the first two innings.
“At the plate we had great ball discipline, knowing which ones to swing at, and great base running,” said Bill Diamond’s Hannah Lee, who doubled in the fourth inning and scored three times during the game. “I’m becoming more comfortable making contact (with the ball).” She also said she can see that she is improving.
In the second, Yani Kostopoulos was hit by the pitch. Lee walked, Kostopoulos scored; Lee scored. McLeod singled and made it around the bases. Addison Ledger walked then scored. Willow Washburn was hit by the pitch and made it home. The inning ended with Bill Diamond up 7-1.
House Team #1 did try to catch up, as they scored another run in the fourth and four runs in the top of the fifth.
Final score was Bill Diamond 9, House Team 6.
Lee walked in the first, stole her way around the bases and scored. Belle Pinto singled. Oakley McLeod doubled when she smashed the ball up the third base line. This brought Pinto home. WillowWashburn was thrown out at first after she crushed the ball, but brought McLeod in.
“Many of the players are getting better merely by playing more and gaining experience in areas they might not have been exposed to previously,” said coach Jason McLeod. “It’s a testament to not shying away from new challenges and wanting to improve. Just witnessing the development is something we look forward to each time out.” <