By Jesse Kucewicz, Contributing Writer
MARLBOROUGH – In a back-and-forth game May 21, the Advanced Math & Science Academy (AMSA) softball team mounted a seventh inning comeback to defeat Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School by a score of 10-9.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach Jason Ayik was proud of how his team has developed thus far in his first season at the helm.
“It’s great to actually come back and win the game,” Ayik said. “We’ve come back in a couple other games, and we’ve just fallen short, but I think the girls’ hard work is slowly paying off.”
AMSA started the game strong, taking a 6-2 lead after two innings. Junior pitcher Charlotte Kinney led the charge, batting in a pair of runs and scoring twice herself within the two innings.
Monty Tech began to find its stride late in the game, scoring five runs in the sixth inning, which put them in the lead 9-8 going into the final inning.
Monty Tech managed to load the bases in the top of the seventh inning, but Kinney retired the side with a key strikeout, leaving the Eagles down by one as they came up to bat.
Monty Tech got within one out of victory, but an RBI single from Eagle Sophomore Emelia Carvalho tied the game. Kinney stepped up to the plate next, ending her star performance with a walk-off single, giving AMSA the victory by a score of 10-9.
Ayik believes that this strong showing from AMSA was a sign of how the young team will continue to perform in the future.
“We have an extremely young team; the majority of our team are freshmen and eighth graders, even seventh graders out there starting,” Ayik noted. “Heading into next year if these girls continue to work hard, at one point AMSA is going to be an unstoppable team.”