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Early mistakes cost Centurions

Posted: March 13, 2008 1:18 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Jenna Kelly of Saugus throws a pitch Wednesday at Saugus High. Kelly came on in relief in the second inning in the Centurions' 8-4 loss to Westlake.

 
The Saugus softball team made four errors on Wednesday against Westlake and they were all costly.

The Centurions lost 8-4 at home to the Warriors on a tough day for the Saugus bats too.

"We just weren't really working together as a team today," said Saugus head coach Julie Watson.

In all three innings where Westlake (3-0) scored runs, the innings had been extended due to errors.

Three errors in the first two innings caused Saugus to fall in a 6-0 hole.

The most damaging frame proved to be the second, when the Warriors scored four runs on two errors and two hits.

Kylie McNutt, the Warriors' No. 9 hitter, made Saugus pay for allowing the Christine Magee to reach on an error to lead off the inning. McNutt smacked a triple to the wall in left-center field to score Magee and then McNutt went onto score later in the inning.

Despite the hole, Saugus fought their way back.

A four-run second inning helped the Centurions (2-5-1) cut the Westlake lead to 6-4. It was an inning where Magee, the Warriors' starting pitcher, got two outs but couldn't find the plate after that. She threw two straight wild pitches in the dirt that brought in a pair of runs.

She had also walked two batters in the inning.

"She's not usually off like that," said head coach Lynn Baum. "It was kind of a walk- walk-fest that one inning."

Magee was taken out of the game with a 3-2 count on Alicia Junker and was replaced by Stanford commit Jenna Becerra who started the game at shortstop.

Becerra walked Junker and walked the next three batters which led to another run before the Warriors could get the final out.

The only Saugus player to have an RBI hit in the inning was Christin Clark.

It looked like Saugus was poised for a comeback. But Becerra made it easy for everyone to forget about the rough second inning she had.

"I think I wasn't really warmed up," the senior said of the her four-walk second frame. "(After) I think I got more in a groove with my catcher."

That groove turned out to be Becerra retiring 16 straight Saugus hitters to close out the game. She struck out six in that stretch.

"She found a groove and we weren't adjusting," Watson said.

Saugus went to a relief pitcher early as well, when Jenna Kelly had to replace starting pitcher Danae Bobbit, who hurt her ankle while running the bases in the second inning.

The junior Bobbit was replaced by a pinch runner on second base after tweaking the ankle and did not return. She went to the doctor after the game for further evaluation.

Kelly stepped in and did a solid job, giving up two runs on four hits over five innings of work.

Westlake's leadoff hitter Caylin Campbell had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and she scored three times.

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