Vineyarders drop softball home opener to Falmouth

Clippers take non-league contest in biting cold.

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The MVRHS girls softball team hosted the Falmouth Clippers in a non-league contest on Monday. The visitors rode strong pitching and timely hitting to a 13-0 win in this chilly affair, while improving 1-1 on the young season. The Vineyarders are seeking their first win after two outings.

The game was marked by cold winds, low temperatures, and bundled-up adults. It was also closer than the score indicates, as an eight-run first inning provided Falmouth with the cushion it needed to control the game. Over the final four innings, the Clippers produced just three hits and five runs. Unfortunately, the Vineyard girls could not muster an offense of their own, managing only one hit in the game.

A combination of hits, walks, and Vineyard miscues produced the Clippers’ first-inning lead. Through it all, junior pitcher Abby Glaeser stayed focused and determined, traits that allowed her to keep the Falmouth bats in check the rest of the way. She was helped by outstanding defense from sophomore shortstop Emily Mello, who earned several stars in the scorebook with her sparkling play.

The Clippers sported some pitching and defense as well. Hurler Caroline Larsson went the distance, allowing only three baserunners and facing no real scoring threat. Meanwhile, catcher Maeve Cutter threw out runners at second and third on attempted steals, and was rock-solid behind the plate. Falmouth had seven hits, distributed among five different girls.

The Vineyarders will host Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Stang on Wednesday at 3:15 pm. See the story online at mvtimes.com.