MCLA Softball continues to struggle


In a crushing double-header this past weekend, the MCLA Softball team lost both games against the Framingham State Rams, 10-2 and 7-6. The losses place the Trailblazers at 0-16 for the year.
The second game of the series proved to be a solid showing for both teams as opposed to the first. The Blazers led 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Rams rallied to earn two runs to tie the game up at six. Framingham junior Bridget McGrail grounded out to score the first run, and an overthrow by the Blazers allowed the tying run to cross the plate.
The Blazers were unable to get anything done at the plate in the seventh inning where they were retired in order. Rams junior Anna Dziok led off the inning with a single and was pushed to second on a base-hit by sophomore Kayla Finacchiaro. Freshman Kristen Dick was placed as a pinch runner for Dziok, and Dick crossed the plate as the deciding run on a walk-off single by junior Megan Downing to end the second game with a score of 7-6 in favor of the Rams.
Senior Kylie Boyle paced the Rams at the plate in game one, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. While Downing chipped in with three hits including a double and three RBIs, while Dziok added a pair of hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Blazers got all of their production from freshman Erika Quackenbush, who accounted for both of the Blazers’ runs with a two-run homer that drove in sophomore Kaitlyn Berghela who also added a pair of hits and a run scored in the loss.
Now 0-16 and 0-2 in the MASCAC, the Blazers will be back in action on Friday, April 14, when they travel to Fitchburg State in search of their first win of the season. The Rams, now 16-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference, will travel to Westfield State to play a pair of games on Friday as well.