High schools: Brady can’t get bats going in 3-1 loss to Campbell

  • Bishop Brady’s Ami Rivera slides safely as the throw to Campbell catcher Chloe Steiniger is bobbled on Wednesday in Concord. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/17/2019 8:28:41 PM

Four games into the season and there’s still a lot left for Freddy Rivera to figure out.

The Bishop Brady softball fans saw Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to Campbell at Rollins Park that the team remains a work in progress through its 2-2 start in Division III, but the head coach feels that it’s just a matter of time – and practice – for the Giants.

“The last couple of years we’ve lost some big hitters, big players and some big personalities,” Rivera said. “Now, we’re young, a little bit less aggressive as I’d like to be and we’re being very cautious because they don’t want to make a mistake.

“We’re still working girls in and out of the lineup, but I think by the end of the year, we’ll be where we want to be,” Rivera said. “We just have to take care of business against teams we know we can beat and battle against.”

The Giants certainly gave Campbell (4-0) a fight, largely thanks to the effectiveness of Halle Laramie in the pitching circle. The sophomore kept Brady within striking distance all afternoon, tossing seven strong innings while allowing the three runs on six hits.

Campbell opened the scoring in the first, plating its first run when Maddie Davis singled through the left side of the infield to score Riley Gamache, who reached on an error earlier in the frame. The Cougars then added to their lead in the fourth, benefiting from another error to make it 2-0 before a single up the middle off the bat of Emily Gamache upped Campbell’s lead to three.

But that was all the Cougars managed off Laramie.

“She pitched very well. It was her second time out and both times she’s pitched well,” Rivera said of Laramie. “First one against Berlin, and this one against Campbell, she’s had two tough teams but she’s pitched well both times.”

Meanwhile, on the offensive end, Brady couldn’t catch a break.

The Giants were making hard contact off the Campbell starter, Davis, with no results to show for it as the team mustered one hit over the first three innings.

Campbell coach Eric Gibbons knew better than to doubt Brady, though.

“This was a team we knew would be one of the teams we would chase,” Gibbons said. “They are well-coached, they are always in the running and we scrimmaged them. … We haven’t seen them enough to come up with a strategy (for Laramie), but we do have our strategy on how we expect to win our games.”

The Giants finally managed to break through against Davis in the fourth as catcher Ami Rivera led off the inning with a double to left field. She then took third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice back to the pitcher.

Davis had attempted to check the runner back to the bag during the play, but as soon as she pivoted to first for the throw, Ami Rivera bolted for home plate and slid in safely.

Brady only had one more hit the rest of the way – a two-out single for Hannah Hicks in a fifth inning that ended harmlessly with a groundout.

“We hit the ball very well right at them,” coach Rivera said. “(Campbell) made the plays so give them credit. They made all the plays. We spoke at the beginning of the game that the team made who made the least amount of mistakes was going to win the game and that was the outcome.”

The Giants are scheduled to travel on Thursday to take on Somersworth, followed by an 11-day break before visiting Laconia on April 29.

“It’s going to be a building process all the way through the end of the year until we get it right,” coach Rivera said. “It may even come at the very end, but right now we just need to get together as a team and get some practice in.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)



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