Softball: Mascenic works towards better chemistry through ice cream

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic softball team hosted Bishop Brady on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/12/2022 3:37:13 PM
Modified: 5/12/2022 3:36:03 PM

There’s nothing a little ice cream can’t fix.

Mascenic’s softball team started the season losing three of four games, as the Vikings struggled to come together as a team and meet the high expectations of a perennial playoff contender. But after some team bonding time and a couple wins in a row, Mascenic looks like they’ve found the recipe for sweet success.

“We went to Kimball’s, ate ice cream and we played some games to get to know each other a little more,” said junior co-captain Leah St. John on Wednesday. “I think that really helped us come together.”

The Vikings were a bit at odds early in the season, starting 1-4; St. John said their team chemistry was their biggest hurdle. Since the slow start, Mascenic has since reeled off three straight wins. On Wednesday, Mascenic shut out visiting Bishop Brady 7-0 behind seven strong innings from sophomore hurler Katalina Davis and a big day at the plate from St. John, who hit a pair of doubles to spark the Viking offense.

“Watching all my teammates hype me up and keep me going really helped me hit today,” St. John said.

Davis went 2-2 with a pair of doubles herself and showed her composure by getting out of a couple jams, including a first-inning single that saw Brady leadoff hitter Payton Bryson make her way to third base with no outs before Davis picked her off and got out of the inning.

“That was a huge play to get out of that inning with no runs instead of going down in the top of the first,” said head coach Dutch Stauffeneker. “That’s one girl who’s just mentally tough.”

Davis held Brady hitless the rest of the way, accounting for 14 outs on her own between her nine strikeouts and a handful of comebackers she was able to handle. That’s something Mascenic is going to lean on Davis for the rest of the way, especially with their other ace, Lyla Buxton, out for the near future with an illness.

Even with Buxton’s absence shaking up the fielding positions, Mascenic’s infield defense looked solid Wednesday, with St. John and Val Stenerson on the left side of the infield, Bella Knisley at first and Lexis Vautour at second, with Ella Pearson behind the plate; the outfielders were untested against Brady, thanks to Davis’s strong pitching.

It’s the hitting that Mascenic really needs to improve upon now, as consistent focused at-bats are not a sure thing from the entire lineup. Taking away the Vikings’ 13-1 win over Raymond, which was the result of a slew of Ram errors, Mascenic is only averaging just under five runs per game this spring. By comparison, Conant is averaging over eight per game, even removing their 25-run slopfest at Hillsboro-Deering.

The Vikings struck out 12 times in their 3-2 win against Fall Mountain Monday, and they’ll absolutely have to improve down the stretch, where they’ll play Conant twice, Hopkinton, Campbell and Monadnock.

“Every pitcher we get from here on out, is going to get better,” Stauffeneker said. “We’re going to be in a battle to make the postseason. I can’t believe that’s where we’re at, but that’s the reality.”

The Vikings (4-3) have what should be a brief respite against Hillsboro-Deering (2-6) Friday before traveling to Conant Monday. As St. John sees it, their newfound team chemistry is all they need to keep their winning ways alive.

“[It’s about] just staying up, picking each other up,” St. John said. “We’re always picking each other up, but giving high fives, even when we strike out or even just making sure we have everything for practice...I just feel like we need to keep it together, and we’ll be good for the rest of the season.”


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