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Tide softball makes quick work of South

  • Concord's Katherine Muzzey tags up and scores on a sacrifice fly sliding past Nashua South's Sami Durkee on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Katherine Muzzey tags up and scores on a sacrifice fly sliding past Nashua South's Sami Durkee on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Concord's Dani Morrill pitches the ball during the game against Nashua South on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. Concord won 12-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Dani Morrill pitches the ball during the game against Nashua South on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. Concord won 12-0.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Concord's Amy Morin is all smiles after coming back into the dugout following the team's 12-0 victory over Nashua South during the first round game on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Amy Morin is all smiles after coming back into the dugout following the team's 12-0 victory over Nashua South during the first round game on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field.

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  • Concord's Katherine Muzzey tags up and scores on a sacrifice fly sliding past Nashua South's Sami Durkee on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Dani Morrill pitches the ball during the game against Nashua South on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. Concord won 12-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Amy Morin is all smiles after coming back into the dugout following the team's 12-0 victory over Nashua South during the first round game on May 29, 2013 at Memorial Field. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Two-out rallies, no-out rallies, they’re all the same to the Concord High softball team.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide (17-2) scored six runs with two outs in the second inning, then added six more in the fifth – four coming with no outs – to walk off Memorial Field yesterday with a 12-0, mercy-rule victory over No. 16 Nashua South in the first round of the Division I playoffs. Concord will host the winner of today’s Londonderry/Alvirne game in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

After run-ruling South (3-16) in the regular season, Concord got to work on another shortened game with its big second inning, started with two outs and two strikes on Cassidy Emerson and punctuated by a bizarre play on a hard-hit ball by her twin sister, Molly.

Cassidy Emerson looped a single to right-center and Meaghan Littlejohns followed with a single to left. Rachel Stevenson (2-for-3) then lined a single to left to plate Emerson with the only run the Tide really needed. After Jasmine Morin walked on four straight pitches to load the bases, things got a little crazy.

Molly Emerson, the flex player, came in to bat for designated player Deb Morrill and crushed a 3-1 pitch to deep left field. As the Nashua fielder ran back toward the fence, the ball came down and hit her in the face, allowing all four runs to score for a 5-1 lead.

“The bases were loaded, and I knew I had to get in a run,” Molly Emerson said. “… I was running to second and I saw it bounce off and go behind her. I felt wicked bad. Especially since I’m a left fielder, I definitely felt for her.”

“Cassidy started it off and we just kept on going,” Concord Coach Duke Sawyer said. “Obviously they helped us a little bit, but that inning was big.”

The two-out rally continued when Annie Mullen (2-for-4) beat out a hit that hugged the third base line, then Katie Kennard doubled off the third base bag and Jess Carroll walked to load the bases. Amy Morin lined a single off the pitcher to score Mullen with the sixth run before South finally recorded the third out, catching Carroll rounding second.

“I don’t know. It’s unreal,” Molly Emerson said of the team’s penchant for two-out rallies. “I think we just want it; we want it really bad.”

“I think it’s just nobody wants to end it,” Kennard added. “Everybody just wants to keep hitting and get to the next person.”

With the ample cushion, Concord’s pitchers cruised. Kennard earned the win with three perfect innings, striking out five, and Dani Morrill nearly completed the perfect game before South managed one single with two outs in the fifth.

“It’s all about the team, it’s winning, getting everyone a little experience for the next game,” Sawyer said of not hesitating to make the pitching change in the midst of a perfect game. “We’re a team, we don’t have a lot of superstars on this team, we’re just a very good team.”

Concord finished it off in the bottom of the fifth with another six-run rally, this one started with no outs.

Cassidy Emerson and Littlejohns drew back-to-back walks and Stevenson beat out a bunt to load the bases. Jasmine Morin singled to right to drive in two runs, and when the Nashua catcher threw to second to try to nab Morin, the throw sailed into the outfield, allowing both Stevenson and Morin to score for a 10-0 lead.

Katherine Muzzey walked, took second on a groundout and reached third on a single by Dani Morrill (2-for-2). Carroll’s sacrifice fly to center scored Muzzey, and Kelsey Bisson, running for Morrill, scored the game-ending run when South’s left fielder couldn’t catch Amy Morin’s fly ball.

“We don’t have a soft spot in our lineup right now,” Sawyer said, “and we have a couple people on our bench that we could put in and still not have a soft spot in our lineup.”

A lineup that gets it done no matter the outs.

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