The Lynn Classical High School softball team has been hitting its stride and is gearing up for the annual John Holland Memorial Softball Tournament this weekend at Grace Rogato Field.
Classical carried a four-game winning streak into a showdown with first-place Peabody Monday on Senior Day. Last week the Lady Rams clinched the program’s ninth consecutive state tournament berth under the direction of head coach Chris Warren.
“We’ve been getting contributions form a lot of different players,” said Warren. “Frankie Galeaazi has been playing great lately. She was 8-for-15 last week and is hitting .340. She was named NEC Scores Player of the Week. Danielle Moran is batting .472 and has a home run that she hit at Salem’s field.”
According to Warren, sophomore pitcher Ivy Martin has been the biggest surprise this season with her outstanding pitching in her first season on the mound.
“She’s been the big bonus for us this whole season,” said Warren. “Her walks are way down. She’s become our ace. Ivy has a 10-4 record and she’s been great.”
Freshman Gabby Kenniston had a 3-for-3 outing versus Revere and has filled in admirably at catcher. Jillian Strileckis, a junior, has been hitting well and playing excellent defense in the outfield. Olivia DeJoie has been playing steady defense at first base and is hitting over .300. Angela Erelli has been a defensive standout at second base.
Third baseman Samantha Earp and catcher Bobbie Dee Regan have also played well for the Rams.
“It’s been a total team effort,” said Warren.
The Classical program raised more than $2,000 in its second annual “Coaches Versus Cancer” softball game Friday night. The Rams defeated Malden 11-2.
Classical will open against English in the Holland Tournament Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of the St. Mary’s-Swampscott game Sunday.
“It will be a fun atmosphere,” said Warren. “We look forward to the Holland every year, It’s a great way to finish the season and go in to the State Tournament. The girls really look forward to it. They get the opportunity to play in front of large crowds.”