PLAINVILLE, Mass. -- If April 24 was a day of infamy for King Philip softball, May 15 was a day of opportunity, encircled on the calendar by a bright red marker.
No. 2 KP’s date with redemption arrived much the way its team members envisioned. A three-hit shutout by ace Meghan Rico and a two-run home run by battery mate Olivia Godin paced the Warriors to a 3-0 win, splitting the season series with No. 7 Coyle-Cassidy.
“They’ve been chomping at the bit,” KP head coach Jim Leonard said. “We’ve had this date circled for a while now.”
KP (13-2) fell to C-C (11-3) in the teams’ previous meeting in Taunton, with Coyle making a late comeback. Since that date, KP embarked on a scorched earth campaign, with a streak of 67 scoreless innings tossed between pitchers Rico and Meg Carnase.
The new found attitude was on display Tuesday. Even as C-C eyed a comeback in the sixth inning, loading the bases, there was something different this time around.
“I was over the plate a little too much,” Rico said of her last outing against Coyle. “This time, I felt my pitches were breaking.”
Rico quelled C-C’s one-out riot in the sixth with a pair of strikeouts, painting the outside corner, both swinging.
She received all the offense she’d require in the fourth when Godin went opposite field for a two-run home run over the right-center field fence.
KP added an insurance run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Cayleigh McCarthy, scoring Carnase (2-for-3, double, two runs scored).
“I feel like we’ve been on top of our game since the Frankin game, and there’s no going back,” Rico said. “We’re ready to go for the rest of the games, we’re ready for the tournament.”
It might not have shown up on the scoreboard, but KP’s lower third of the lineup showed why the Warriors possess one of the state’s top lineups.
KP’s No. 7 through No. 9 hitters were a combined 5-for-7, between Annie Shiebler, Shannon Jones, Amy Nolan and pinch hitter Alyssa Siegmann.
The bottom of the order was responsible for a pair of bases-loaded threats in the third and fifth, however C-C starter Kelsey Boarman was able to wiggle out of both situations with double plays.