Beckett Glass rolls to Martel Cup championship
Lauren Hatch of Beckett Glass connects for a hit off Delia Barry of Concord Ortho during the Martel Cup Thursday evening at Dillon Field. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Anna LeBrun of Beckett Glass can't reach the throw as Zoe Honigberg of Concord Ortho slides home during the Martel Cup Thursday evening at Dillon Field. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Caitlyn Shae of Beckett Glass goes for the ball while Zoe Honigberg of Concord Ortho slides safely into second base during the Martel Cup Thursday evening at Dillon Field. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Megan Beckett’s three-run triple in the second inning gave Beckett Glass of Concord National Youth Softball an 8-2 advantage over Concord Northeast Softball’s Concord Orthopedics. Beckett Glass carried that momentum to a 13-6 victory and hoisted the Martel Cup last night.
“That was key,” Beckett Glass Manager Bill Mullen said of Beckett’s hit. “It kind of broke the game open.”
Concord Orthopedics got on the board first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. But Beckett Glass struck back with five runs in the home half of the first and five runs in the second. Concord Orthopedics trimmed the deficit to five with three runs in the fourth inning, but a three-run fifth inning for Beckett Glass sealed the championship.
“The girls worked real hard this year,” Mullen said. “They’ve come a long way. We had a rough start and every game they’ve gotten better and better.”
Lauren Hatch (2-for-3, RBI, one run), Anna LeBrun (1-for-3, two RBI, one run) and Shannon Prospert (1-for-2, RBI) led the way for Beckett Glass offensively. Lauren Mullen (1-for-2, one run) was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game and allowing eight hits and six walks while striking out five.
Zoe Honigberg led Concord Orthopedics, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. Emily Manning was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Maria Wimpey was 2-for-4, Haley Munroe was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run, and Nicole Tobin chipped in an RBI. Manning entered the circle in relief in the first inning and pitched the remainder of the game, finishing with 10 strikeouts.
“Emily Manning having to come in and pitch, in essence, a whole seven innings, did a tremendous job,” Concord Orthopedics Coach Curtis Barry said. “It’s hard to ask someone to do that. All the way around, she had a really great game.”
Despite the loss, Barry and Concord Orthopedics held their heads high. “I just congratulate Beckett Glass,” Barry said. “We had a tremendous season. We were very happy with what we were able to produce throughout the regular season and in the tournament.”
For Beckett Glass, Mullen had one simple objective for his team heading into the game. “I just wanted them to play softball the way they know how to play,” he said, “and they did that.”
The members of the 2013 Martel Cup championship team are: Baily Jackson, Caitlyn Shea, Lauren Mullen, Lauren Hatch, Megan Beckett, Maddie Rines, Shannon Prospert, Lexi Patoine, Anna Lebrun, Gabby Evans, Josie Carter, Kathleen Duhaime, Mia Hebra and Reanna Benoit.