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Lincoln softball makes quick work of Warwick Vets

April 28, 2014

LINCOLN --- As the weather warms up, so do Lincoln’s bats.

From the top of their batting order to the bottom, the Lions were impressive in putting on a hitting clinic on Monday afternoon at Saylesville Elementary School’s Sullivan Field, and it came at the expense of Warwick Vets.

The two-time defending champs collected 15 hits – including a season-high eight that went for extra bases – and the end result was a 14-3 thrashing that was halted after 4½ innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

The 15 hits also matched a season-high for the Lions (4-3), who banged out that many in their last game, a 13-1 victory over East Providence, and their 11-1 triumph over Chariho on April 18.

“It was a good day,” added Lincoln coach Dick Ryan. “We’re getting some good swings in, and today, we hit the ball well.”

Everyone in the Lions’ lineup collected at least one hit and scored once, and six of them collected multiple hits.

Center fielder Adriana Toro had a big day with a ringing RBI triple that she crushed into the gap in right-center field in the bottom of the first inning and a three-run homer in the third that was a shot to straightaway center and left the yard in a hurry.

The only other player to clock a pair of extra-base hits was infielder Kellyn Dyer, who belted a pair of doubles in almost the same spot – near the base of the fence in left-center field. She also scored three times.

All the offense was more than enough support for pitcher Lauren Hervieux, who despite battling an illness all day long, worked four innings to pick up the victory, striking out six batters and yielding three hits, no walks, and one earned run.

“I was happy with Lauren,” said Ryan. “She just got a little tired at the end, but she’s been sick all day. I’m surprised she pitched, but she’s a tough kid, and you love having a kid like that on your team.”

The Lions took a quick 2-0 lead in the home half of the first inning on Toro’s run-scoring triple that drove in Casie Beauchemin and a sacrifice fly to left by Stacey Mayer that scored Toro with ease.

They then took firm control of the game in the second with a five-run rally, capped by Toro’s homer. The first two runs came home on a two-out infield error with the bases full, and Toro followed that with her deep drive over the fence.

In the third, the Lions’ first four batters collected hits, with Dyer driving in a run with the first of her long doubles, and McKenzie Cavanaugh (who is just coming back from a shoulder injury that took some at-bats away from her at the start of the season) smacking a two-run, opposite-field triple to right.

Hervieux, meanwhile, set down the first nine batters she faced, fanning five of them and not allowing a batted ball to leave the infield, but in the fourth, she lost her no-hit bid on a double to right-center by Kayla Morin, and then her shutout on a base hit by the next batter, Liz Iadevaia.

Freshman Isabella Diorio pitched the fifth inning in her varsity debut on the mound and worked a quick 1-2-3 frame. Ryan said she will get the start on the mound today when the Lions visit Barrington in a 3:30 p.m. game.

As for the rest of the Lions who prospered at the plate, Hervieux helped her cause by singling, doubling, and scoring twice. She would have had a three-hit game had she not miss first base on what would have been a first-inning double and get called out on an appeal play.

Mayer also singled and doubled, and two of the younger players on the team also did well – sophomore Abby Majeau, who singled and had a run-scoring double from the No. 9 spot in the lineup, and classmate Cianna Dumas, who went 2-for-2 with a run batted in.

“Some of the younger kids are coming along now,” said Ryan. “At the start of the year, they were struggling. They were getting a little nervous because it was their first varsity experience, but now they’re getting comfortable.”

After today’s game with the Eagles, the Lions will host nearby Woonsocket on Thursday and Toll Gate on the road next Tuesday.

Those three teams are near the bottom of the Division I standings, but after the game with the Titans, the last five games of the Lions’ schedule get a lot tougher, beginning with a May 9 showdown in Lincoln against undefeated North Kingstown.

“We’re playing Barrington tomorrow and I told the girls we have to stay up,” said Ryan. “But today was a good day to get some kids in the game and keep the team going, and hopefully we can get on a little run now.”

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