GOFFSTOWN — If Windham can bottle up what it showed on Monday, then the Jaguars will be a tough out in the upcoming Division I postseason tournament.
Windham exploded for 15 hits, including three home runs, to dismantle Goffstown 15-0 in a mercy-rule six inning affair. With the victory, the Jaguars improved to 11-4. The Grizzlies, who had won three straight coming in, fell to 5-6. Both programs made the jump up to Division I this season.
“The girls hit the ball well today and were aggressive up and down the lineup,” said Jaguars coach Dave Hedge. “Those weren’t cheap hits today. The girls work hard on that and they swung the bats hard. Patience at the plate is a virtue and we practice a lot on that. Today the girls showed patience and waited out pitches.”
Windham’s offense was clicking from the get-go. During the second, fourth and sixth frames, the Jaguars batted around the order. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first on an Aislinn Milner home run, Windham put this one out of reach the next frame. The Jaguars scored four runs off Goffstown starter Kailee Still on RBIs from Kendall Gravell, Peyton Gravell, Makayla Panich and Grace Bono to go up by five runs.
It is often said that hitting is contagious. The Jaguars proved that theory constantly against the Grizzlies. In the fourth, a leadoff homer by Panich, a sophomore, ignited another run-scoring outburst. Following Panich’s blast, Milner, Bono and Larissa Piessens all singled. Moments later, sophomore Jasmine Moskowitz doubled home Bono. Kaylee Molan replaced Stills and issued three base on balls to make it 10-0.
“That is the best team we have seen this season, offensively and defensively, bar none,” Grizzlies coach Matt Fleming said. “Our other losses were closer games. This one wasn’t.”
While all of this was taking place, Windham junior pitcher Abby Bedient was solid inside the circle as she mowed down the Grizzlies at will. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed just three hits and struck out 10. Even when Goffstown made contact, balls were hit directly at the fielders.
The Jaguars continued their offensive barrage by plating five more runs in the sixth. The big blow coming off the bat of Moskowitz, who belted a grand slam deep over the left field fence.
“I waited on pitches today longer than usual,” said Moskowitz, who was slumping a little at the plate coming in. “I had been out on my front foot a little bit so I just decided to stay back more.”