Baker pitches, hits Fort Frye past Shenandoah, 12-2
BEVERLY — Jada Baker started the game on the hill, and helped shorten it with a game-ending hit in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Fort Frye senior hurler aided her own cause with three runs-batted-in as the Cadets mercied visiting Shenandoah High, 12-2, in Pioneer Valley Conference softball action Thursday.
“Someone needed to step up and hit the ball — and make some plays,” said Baker, who was 2-for-4 at the plate.
On the bump, Baker pitched five innings, fanning three, walking one, and allowing three hits and one earned run.
“I’m just glad we showed up to play today,” Baker said.
Added first-year FFHS skipper Tiffany Moore, “Jada did a good job. That was the senior showing up and doing her job like she does all the time.”
Fort Frye improved its record to 4-10 overall on the season, while Shenandoah remained winless.
Chelsey Snodgrass, Hayley Rhodes, and Danielle Lamp each added two hits for the winners. Tanner Booth had a double, and Justina Parsons, a triple.
Shenandoah’s Brooke Arick, who suffered the mound setback, was 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and run scored. Sydney Mackie had the Zeps’ other hit and also scored a run.
Fort roughed up the right-handed-throwing Arick for three runs in the bottom of the first. Booth doubled home Snodgrass for the first run, and later scored on Rhodes’ single to left. Rhodes herself legged it home on Baker’s groundout.
The Cadets made it 4-0 in the second when Lamp came around to score on a Zeps’ throwing error.
Shenandoah cut it to two with a pair of runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Mackie singled and legged it home on Arick’s hit down the right-field line. Arick then scored on a Cadet throwing error.
In the bottom of the fourth, Fort Frye scored an unearned run to make it 5-2.
Then, in the fifth, the Cadets batted around, scoring seven runs to earn the mercy victory. During the offensive surge, Baker singled home the first run. She then came around to score on Parsons’ two-run triple. Parsons legged it home on a groundout.
Fort then loaded up the bases, and Booth walked to force in a run. Rhodes followed with an RBI single, and then Baker put the game on ice when she cleared the Shenandoah right-fielder’s head with a shot.
“We came in strong, and finished strong,” Moore said. “We made good plays in the field, had good pitching on the mound, and had solid hitting all the way around.”
Fort Frye is scheduled to host Frontier in a PVC showdown Monday at 5:30 p.m.