|Southside Knocks Out Racing Mart in Torchia League Playoffs|
|By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports|
08:06PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Jocelyn Duhamel went 3-for-4 with a double Monday to lead Southside to a 12-6 win over Racing Mart in an elimination game in the Pat Torchia Women’s Softball League tournament.
Southside survived to play again on Wednesday in the double-elimination tournament at Disanti Field.
On Monday, it erased an early 2-0 deficit with a five-run bottom of the first inning.
Emily Rosse led off the first with a double to straightaway center, and Ashley Ciepala and Caroline Tomkowicz each had an RBI single in the rally.
Duhamel’s leadoff double to left kicked off a three-run rally in the bottom of the second. Kayla Malloy and Heather Boucher each singled in the inning as Southside stretched its lead to 8-2.
It got to a seven-run margin before Racing Mart battled back.
In the top of the fourth, Tenelle Ciempa doubled and scored in a two-run rally to cut the deficit to 9-4.
In the fifth, Heather Morris (2-for-4) hit a leadoff single, and Julie Lech (2-for-4) hit her second double of the game to put a pair of runners in scoring position.
Teri Iacuessa drove in a run with a groundout, and Renee Royal singled to left to score Lech, making it 9-6.
Southside pulled away again with a four-run, three-hit bottom of the fifth.
Duhamel and Malloy each singled and scored. Kris Vanuni had an RBI single, and Ciepala (2-for-3, five RBIs) hit a two-run single to left.
Vanuni also earned the win in the circle for Southside, striking out four.
Cindy Cottrell struck out one in a complete-game effort for Racing Mart.
The tournament continues Tuesday at Disanti Field at 6 p.m.