Sometimes, salvation can be found in the batter’s box.
Lily Moresco’s start in the circle didn’t go quite as she had hoped. Be it first-game jitters or the unseasonable weather, a few pitches “got away” from the softball standout, Iron Dukes coach Ryan Naccarato said.
But with one swing, she made that moot. The senior drilled a solo homer to centerfield in the sixth inning, lifting the Marlboro to a 7-6 win over host Warwick High School on Tuesday.
“She had a chance to help herself and she stepped up big and came through when we needed it most,” Naccarato said. “That ball got out in a hurry.”
Moresco’s day changed in a blink as well.
“It felt great to hit that home run because I knew I helped my team,” she said. “When the score is that close, you have to find some way to contribute.”
She threw five innings before being relieved by Taylor Felicello for the final two frames. Amber Mianti went 3 for 4 with a double, Allison Swartz was 2 for 4 and Felicello went 2 for 3 with a walk.
The Iron Dukes had a 6-5 lead before Warwick tied it with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
“We’re a Class B team and we pulled out a win against a (Class) AA school on the road in cold weather,” said Naccarato, in his first season as Iron Dukes coach. “It’s a great start to the season for us.”
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