BVT Softball Overwhelms Opponents
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · June 06, 2012
Led by the top hitter in the state, the Blackstone Valley Tech softball team has been nothing short of dominant down the stretch. The Beavers finished the regular season winning seven out of eight, and posted a 14-5 overall mark which will be good enough for one of the better seeds in the district tournament.
As impressive as the overall record is, the margin of victory for the Beavers has been even more eye-popping. During a recent seven game winning streak, BVT notched double digit efforts six times. In three straight games, all on the road, the Beavers ended the game before the regulation seven innings. BVT crushed Monty Tech 23-1 in five innings, beat Parker Charter 17-2 in six innings, and scored a 12-0, six inning win over Nashoba Valley Tech.
The Beavers had their win streak come to an end on Monday in a 3-2 loss to Assabet, but still have plenty of momentum and firepower headed into the tournament. Assabet ended up winning the Colonial Athletic League with a 14-1 mark and an 18-1 record overall. Assabet was also the only school to out-score BVT, averaging 12.3 runs per game to the Beavers 11.3. Worcester Tech was second in the league at 12-2, with Valley Tech checking in third at 11-4.
BVT still boasts the commonwealth's top hitter in Bella Picard. The junior is 51-for-57 on the season for a comical .895 batting average. In a sport where success is often failing seven out of ten times, she is getting hits nine out of then times. Of her 51 hits, 10 have been home runs, and she has driven in 40 on the season. Her teammate, Morgan Cox, is just outside the top 10 in the state in hitting at a .607 clip (34-for-56) and has 29 RBIs on the year.
Meghan Ferschke is hitting .558 on the season, which would be good enough to lead nearly any other team, and has 26 runs batted in. Her batting average is good enough for sixth in the league. Sarah Collins, Amber Wheaton, and Laura Collins are also hitting around .400 for the year in the potent BVT offense.
In the circle, Alicia Wagner has been steady, with 11 wins, a 1.82 ERA, and 78 strikeouts on the season. Alex Compton has provided asome help with the pitching, posting a 4-0 record with a 0.92 ERA and 20 strikeouts in her 22 innings of work.