- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
By JAMES A. McCRAY III
Somerville Insurance had to change its ways.
Despite coming from behind six runs in Game 3 of the Women’s League championship versus Mix It Up and taking a 2-1 series lead last Wednesday, each member of the team knew it just could not happen like that in Game 4.
A six-run second inning gave Somerville a 6-0 lead in that Game 4, getting it ahead on the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon at Knight Life Field. It also took care of any having-to-come-from-behind worries.
The bats arrived at the most opportune time and led Somerville and head coach Linda Somerville to a 21-1 win, a Game 4 victory and a Women’s League championship.
“It feels great,” Somerville said. “I’m not telling you any lies, it is a good feeling. I’ve won championships as a player, I’ve never won one as a coach and I wanted to coach a team to a championship. Those girls did everything that we’ve asked of them this year. We had a few bumps, but we went right over top of them.”
Minus two batters in the Somerville starting lineup that included 11, every batter who started the game had at least one RBI in the win and six batters had multiple RBIs.
Angeletta Berry led the way with four RBIs, Marnie Stearns and Laura Digulimio added three RBIs each and Trena Mainor and Brooke Martin added two RBIs each.
But it was Martin’s RBI double in the second inning that kickstarted the Somerville offense and helped it to the six-run inning.
“I don’t think in this entire series we have scored first,” Martin said. “It was huge for us to get up and once we get up, we tend to stay up. … We came ready and we didn’t want to come back [for a Game 5]. We wanted to end it today.”
Somerville echoed Martin’s sentiment.
“We had to come out and get them in the beginning and that’s what we did today,” Somerville added. “Coming from behind puts so much pressure on us. … But I told them and I have been telling them to get them early, get them down and you keep them down. It’s a good ballclub over there.
Leading 12-1 in the fifth inning with the game still in question, Berry was able to put the game away with her bases-clearing, three-RBI triple.
“It was pressure-free,” Berry said of Game 4. “We were a little more relaxed, so our bats woke up a lot today. We didn’t get down and although there were a couple of errors, it was more fun today. We were up two [games to] one, so there was no pressure.”
That pressure-free feeling reverberated throughout the lineup for Somerville as it won the title in comfortable fashion.
“We needed to jump on top of them from the start,” Stearns said. “To get ahead with a lead like that, we haven’t done that in a long time. We have been working for that the entire series, but our bats weren’t coming together at the same time. This time, it finally clicked.”
Mix It Up scored its lone run in the bottom half of the fourth inning on an RBI double from Sonia Johnson and Mix It Up head coach Otis Brown understood exactly why the game, and eventually the series, was lost.
“We didn’t hit today and honestly, it was coaching,” Brown said. “We were outcoached in this series. It wasn’t just one coach, but there were a couple of bad decisions. We have to reevaluate some things, but we’re an up-and-coming team.”
Somerville Insurance 21, Mix It Up 1
Somerville 062 175 0 21 24 2
Mix It Up 000 100 0 1 6 3
WP Digulimio, LP Shields
Extra-base hits: 2B - Martin (SI), Berry (SI), Digulimio (SI), Camp (SI), Johnson (MIU); 3B Berry (SI)