Freshman hurler leads Timberlane to title
He was part of a state Class L baseball championship at Concord High School in 1980 and on Saturday his daughter, Kate, pitched for Timberlane Regional of Plaistow in the Division I softball championship game against his alma mater.
Kate Hoadley and the Owls took advantage of their opportunity. And enjoyed the result immensely.
Clavette talked up Hoadley, who quickly pitched her way to the top of the rotation in tryouts and scrimmages, after Wednesday's semifinal win over Dover.
"She's mentally very, very strong," Clavette said.
She showed it.
"She mixed up her pitches very well," said Concord coach Duke Sawyer. "She got out of jam after jam. As young as she is, I'm surprised we didn't rattle her a little bit."
Concord outhit Timberlane 10-7. It didn't help.
"We just didn't get the timely hits," said Concord High senior starting pitcher Katie Kennard, who had three hits. "We got people on. We just didn't put them together. It happens some days. Kudos to her."
The Owls jumped in front early.
Standout senior shortstop Masha Lange, who had two hits, ripped a two-out single to left field in the top of the first inning. Sophomore first baseman Madison Bishop quickly knocked her in with a home run over the left field fence on a 1-0 pitch.
Hoadley and her sharp defense were having none of it.
Concord left six runners on base through the first three innings.
Kennard and Dani Morrill singled to lead off the third. But Hoadley struck out the next two batters and got Cassidy Emerson on a liner to center field.
Hoadley said she doesn't get nervous.
She struck out the side in the fourth to run her string to five strikeouts over six batters.
The Crimson Tide got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Kennard delivered her third single of the game with one out and scored on Morrill's double to the gap in right center.
Concord threatened - and was shut down - one last time in the seventh.
Katherine Muzzey led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder's choice. Morrill followed with another single - her third hit - to make it first and third with one out.
In short order, she and her Owl teammates, along with her Dad, were enjoying that title.