NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — With one out and a runner on first in the top of the eighth inning, Kya Enos sent a towering home run just over the fence in center field as the fourth-ranked Taunton girls’ softball team stole a 2-0 Hockomock League victory from host North Attleborough Friday afternoon.
The hit was a flashback for the senior captain, a five-year starting catcher who, as an eighth grader, homered on the same field.
“The pitch was up a little bit, and I just got enough it,” said Enos.
“It was more like a fly ball that just made its way out. It’s like deja vu all over again.”
Unlike that day five seasons ago, the roles are now reversed for Enos.
In her final season, Enos is helping to guide the young Tiger team, especially talented freshman ace, Kelsey White.
“I remember being that eighth grader catching for a senior,” Enos said. “I know Kelsey’s a freshman, but she has so much potential and talent. She’s really stepped up this year and I’m proud of her.
“We’re a young team but I think when we work as a team it truly shows how good we can really be.”
White stepped up against the No. 11 Red Rocketeers (16-4), scattering five hits and striking out 12 in eight frames. She retired 12 straight hitters between the second and sixth innings.
“She’s a very confident kid,” said Taunton coach David Lewry. “As a pitcher, she is definitely beyond her years. She’s a very mature 15-year-old.”
Taunton (21-2) did not have much luck at the plate either, scattering seven hits and leaving six runners stranded against North Attleborough hurler Bella Erti.
“We want to play the good opponents at the end of the season,” Lewry said.
“That’s what we’ve done and we’ve come out of it pretty good.”Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.