AMESBURY — If the Amesbury softball team was nervous going into yesterday’s first-round matchup against Weston, it didn’t show once they hit the field, as the Indians dominated from the opening pitch to win 17-1.
Amesbury (15-6) took control of the game right away, scoring seven runs in the first inning. The Indians didn’t slow down from there either, as the offense batted around three times in four innings before eventually winning the game via the mercy rule in the fifth.
While the Amesbury offense rolled, Weston (9-12) struggled in nearly every aspect of the game. The Wildcats made a number of costly errors on defense that led to more Amesbury runs, and the team’s offense was completely shut down by Amesbury pitcher Rachel Cyr, who held Weston to just one run on one hit in 5 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
The game stood in stark contrast to Weston’s last outing, when the No. 22-seeded Wildcats upset No. 11 New Mission by a score of 25-2 in their Division III North preliminary round matchup.
Amesbury coach Chris Perry said he was happy with his team’s performance given how nervous some of the underclassmen were before the game, though he added that they got a lot of help from Weston that they likely won’t get in future games.
Junior third baseman Autumn Kligerman agreed with Perry’s assessment, adding that the key for the Indians now will be to bring the same intensity to the next game.
“I’m kind of surprised we mercied them — that doesn’t always happen,” said Kligerman, who went 2-4 with three RBIs and a run. “It’s the state tournament so you expect everyone to be a good matchup, so I’m just really glad we won and I’m looking forward to looking harder, because we’re definitely going to have to work harder in the next round.”