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By Douglas McCulloch
Hometown Weekly Staff
The Walpole High softball team has faced a tough season, as the team fell to Wellesley High on May 9 6-4.
The Rebels faced a tough time early on, as the team gave up three unearned runs early in the game, but the Rebels defense quickly responded.
“After [giving up the runs,] the defense really pulled together and worked well the rest of the game,” said head coach Rachael Sprague.
Sprague noted that the team continued battling Wellesley throughout the game and put up a strong challenge to the Raiders.
“I'm proud of the girls for never giving up and for battling through 9 innings, our first extra innings game of the year,” Sprague said.
Sprague credited several players for their outstanding performance, including pitcher Melissa Cochrane and catcher Jacky Davis, who fought to prevent Wellesley from pulling ahead.
“Melissa stayed tough pitching all 9 innings without losing steam, and Jacky called pitches incredibly the whole game,” Sprague said.
Looking forward, Sprague noted that she is already looking past the team’s recent losses, and hopes to see the team pull though and pick up more wins going forward.
“We've had some tough losses so far this season, but every one has been a battle to the very end,” Sprague said. “I am confident in the leadership of the returners as well as the talent of our younger players that going forward we will be able to put it all together and see a lot of success.”
The loss brings the Rebels to a 7-5 record so far this season. The team will face off against Framingham on May 11, and will face Oliver Ames next on Friday.