Big Blue Earns Text Book Win on College Field

The Swampscott Big Blue defeated Revere 3-1 Friday at Salem State University.


Big Blue softball played on a college field with college precision Friday when they beat Revere 3-1 under the lights at Salem State University.

This was their first time on the Viking's field and an artificial surface, the coach said.

They wasted no time familiarizing themselves with home plate, scoring their first run in the first inning.

Noel Landry doubled, and Kelly Birchmore doubled her in.

Revere scratched Swampscott pitcher Angela Vousboukis for a run in the top of the fourth inning on a sharp single up the middle.

The bright green ball flashed just beyond the outstretched glove of diving Kelly Birchmore and the score was 1-1.

Revere threatened to score in two innings but on each occassion the Big Blue defense made heads-up or athletic plays to squelch any scoring.

Swampscott Coach Frank Kowalski said third baseman Tori Thistle had her best game of the year.

She caught a scorching line drive to end an inning and decoyed a runner putting the kibash on another scoring threat.

With a runner on third, the batter hit a squibbler in front of the plate. Tori charged the play and faked a throw to first and caught the runner at third in a pickle that ended in a tag out.

The coach also pointed to the defense of centerfielder Merry Ball.

She cut off what could have been a gap-ball triple, holding the runner to two bags.

Later she caught a fly ball and uncorked a strong one-bounce throw to home plate that stoped the runner at third in her tracks.

Swampscott backed up throws and executed well throughout the game.

Merry's one-bounce throw skidded past the catcher but when the runner darted for home, Angela was covering and Noel threw out the runner.

The key to the game, as it is to every game, was Angela's pitching, the coach said.

When she pitches with confidence it rubs off on her teammates, he said.

Angela had several innings where she set down the Revere girls in order, not by overpowering them but by throwing strikes and keeping the hitters off balance.

Swampscott got its second and third runs in the bottom of the fourth on a nifty opposite-field hit by left-handed batting Merry Ball.

She slapped the ball in front of the left fielder scoring Emma Faulkner and Tori Thistle.

Faulkner had pinch run for Danielle Mayblyum who led off the inning ripping a single. Tori also singled. Both of them moved up a base on a wild pitch.

The win upped Swampscott's record to 8-4.

Their next game is Monday against Danvers.

Friday's game came through the generosity of Salem State.

Coach Kowalaski called up the university to see if the field was available and it was.

The university had a grounds crew groom the diamond between innings and each batter was announced over the sound system. 





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