Div. 4 softball: Top-seeded Hampshire rolls past Uxbridge in state opener (PHOTOS)

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  • Hampshire’s Ashley Cortis had two triples and a single against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire short stop Bri Sulikowski slides to stop a ground ball against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire’s Ashley Cortis slides into home against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire’s Hailey Wodecki crosses home plate against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire’s Hannah Wodecki, right, approaches home plate after hitting a three-run home run against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire’s Ryane Dubay, left, is tagged out at home against Uxb during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire Regional softball seniors, from left, Ella Malanson (Westfield State), Katelyn Baker (Herkimer), Bri Sulikowski (Nichols) and Hannah Wodecki (Franklin Pierce) commit to college programs after the Raiders defeated Uxbridge in the Division 4 state tournament Monday in Westhampton.  STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Hampshire Regional pitcher Jocelyn Mettey delivers against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state softball tournament Monday in Westhampton. The Raiders prevailed 12-0 in five innings to reach the Round of 16. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Writer
Published: 6/6/2022 7:47:00 PM
Modified: 6/6/2022 7:44:51 PM

WESTHAMPTON – Teresa Saltis initially received the “take a pitch” sign facing a 3-0 count.

The Hampshire Regional softball team held an 11-run lead on Uxbridge in the MIAA Division 4 Round of 32 on Monday. Another run would end the game and send the top-seeded Raiders to the Sweet 16 against No. 17 Malden Catholic, which upset Southwick.

Hampshire had runners on second and third. Raiders coach Brian McGan felt something in his gut. Saltis had been on a tear all year. He decided to let her swing away.

“When you get that, you get a little nervous, but I got a pitch to hit,” Saltis said.

The senior poked a walk-off single of sorts down the left field line, bringing Katelyn Baker home to give the Raiders a 12-0 victory over the No. 33 Spartans in five innings. They’ll host Malden Catholic at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I had a good feeling she was gonna take a good swing,” McGan said.

It was Saltis’ second hit and second RBI of the game. She was also a key part of Hampshire’s six-run second inning that cracked the game open. After the Raiders mustered just a walk in the first, Hailey Wodecki reached on an error with one out.

Ashley Cortis brought her home with a triple, then Ella Malanson made it 2-0 with a single. No. 9 hitter CC Thayer walked to turn the lineup over with just one out.

“It’s kind of been that way all year. Once they start rolling it seems like they start to pick up the pace,” McGan said.

Leadoff hitter Baker struck out looking to bring up Hannah Wodecki. She popped up the ball behind the catcher who snared it in the outside of her glove and could have ended the inning but dropped it. Wodecki sent Uxbridge pitcher Erin O’Day’s next offering over the fence to deep center field for a three-run homer. That put the Raiders up 5-0.

“She takes great swings. The first time up, she swung at a bad pitch, the second time she stayed down through it,” McGan siad. “Just a great swing.”

Saltis followed feeling the pressure to keep the inning alive. She sent a deep shot to right field that the Uxbridge right fielder lost track of, allowing Saltis to race all the way home for an inside the park home run.

“I didn’t want to be the last one right after her amazing hit,” Saltis said. “I kept doing what our coach says, not thinking about it and swinging like we know how.”

Cortis launched her second triple of the game to lead off the third then made it 7-0 on a Malanson ground out. Cortis finished with three hits and scored three runs.

“I just tried not to think at all and go up there and have fun,” Cortis said.

Hampshire shortstop Bri Sulikowski made it 9-0 with a two-run triple in the fourth, then pinch hitter Katelyn Labrie added an RBI single with one out in the fifth for run No. 10.

Hannah Wodecki’s RBI double made it 11-0, which allowed Saltis to end the game when she came up.

Raiders pitcher Jocelyn Mettey struck out eight and allowed just four hits with no walks in the shutout.

“We as a team collectively looked really good,” Saltis said. “We were able to stay in it the whole way, and there wasn’t one inning where we took our foot off the gas.”

After the game four Hampshire seniors affirmed their college commitments to continue their softball careers. Malanson is headed to Westfield State, Baker is off to Herkimer Community College, Sulikowski will play at Nichols College and Hannah Wodecki will be at Franklin Pierce.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.
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