Softball season ends with double victory over Yuma

     Holyoke Dragon softball wrapped up the season on the road with two wins over Yuma on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
     Game one started off looking like a close competition. Holyoke started with the lead, but Yuma tied it up to keep things interesting. In the fifth inning Holyoke pulled away, 18-7, finishing the game early due to the mercy rule.
     In the second game, the Dragons continued powerful batting, this time holding their opponents to a much lower score and winning 11-3.
     Both games showed a real collaborative effort on the Dragons’ part. Runs were scored throughout the lineup, and smart fielding was exhibited across the board.
Holyoke 18, Yuma 7
     Tuesday’s first game started off slow, with neither team scoring in the first inn­ing. Rebecca Owens got the team going with a single. She stole a base and scored when Lali Marquez was hit by a pitch. Regan Van Overbeke advanced to first on balls and stole second. She scored the Dragons’ second run when Julia Casady was walked. Yuma managed one run, but the Dragons held a 2-1 lead after two innings.
     Leading off the third inning, Hailey Mavis was hit by a pitch. She stole a base and scored on a single by Regan Van Overbeke. Yuma came alive with some big hits in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs and taking a 7-3 lead.
     Back at the top of the lineup for the fourth inning, Julia Casady hit a single and stole second. She scored when Molly Brown hit a double. Brown went on to steal third and home. Sirissa Casady also hit a single and stole third and home. Shianne Willmon took a base on balls , going on to steal home to tie the game. Yuma was scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and Holyoke looked to overtake them in the fifth inning.
     In a huge inning that involved vital at-bats by the entire visiting lineup, Holyoke indeed pulled ahead — by 11 runs. In that inning alone, Sirissa Casady posted a triple and Marquez and Willmon hit doubles. Singles were hit by Brown, Sirissa Casady, Mavis, Owens, Regan Van Overbeke, Julia Casady and Mavis again.
     Holyoke held Yuma in the bottom of the inning and came out with an 18-7 victory after five innings.

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