PLAINVILLE — With two outs in the eighth inning Tuesday afternoon, King Philip softball team put together three straight hits on the way to a 2-1 walkoff victory over Bishop Feehan in a nonleague matchup at Plainville Athletic League complex.
Brooke Taute lined a single into left field to score Faith Turinese, lifting the seventh-ranked Warriors (16-3). KP scored its other run on a leadoff homer by Sydney Phillips in the first inning.
“These kids don’t quit,” said KP coach Norm Beauchemin. “We’ve won probably four or five games in the last at-bat. They know they are capable. One through nine [hitters], everyone can hit the ball.”
Following a rocky first inning, Bishop Feehan pitcher Shauna Hamill settled in, allowing just three hits over her next six innings of work, and eight in total.
“[Hamill] had good location and I think we were overswinging, so that combination is not good,” said Beauchemin.
Poor base running also prevented the Warriors from adding to their lead in the fourth inning. Turinese was caught wandering too far off second base on a grounder to short, and was tagged out.
King Philip pitcher Elise Pereira started the game strong, carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning before yielding an infield single by Jess Levesque.
Bishop Feehan (11-5) finally got on the board in the sixth.
The first three Shamrock batters reached safely, with Lauren Archambault scoring on an infield error. Pereira retired the next three Shamrock hitters to end the threat.
“You just got a bear down and know that you can’t succumb to the pressure,” said Pereira. “You just got to stay mentally tough throughout it.”
Pereira pitched eight innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits with four strikeouts.Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.