CHATHAM, NJ - Morgan Pellegrin's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Bonnie Kennedy and lifted Chatham to a 2-1 walk-off softball win over Mendham on Monday at the Chatham Middle School.
The Cougars rushed the field as Kennedy slid safely into home plate, solidifying a crucial conference victory over Mendham and redeeming their previous loss to the Minutemen. Chatham is now leading its conference with a 3-1 record.
Pellegrin, who finished with three hits, also drove in the tying run in the fifth inning, singling home Camryn Davies, who had doubled.
“I think since this is a really important game for our division, we really just started to attack the ball more often and looked for the first pitch strike to hop on,” Pellegrin said.
Pellegrin's two RBI made a winner of senior right-hander Melissa Landry, who pitched a two-hitter for Chatham (16-8). Landry (11-6) struck out seven and walked two.
With two of its regular starters missing, senior Morgan Tobin and sophomore Anna Lengner, Chatham initially struggled offensively.
Chatham displayed a strong performance in the field throughout, keeping Mendham scoreless over the final six innings and allowing Pellegrin to capture a walk-off win for her team with her second RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“This is definitely a really important game because West Morris (win Friday) snapped our four-game losing streak,” Chatham junior Sam Druhot said. “Mendham is in our conference and we lost to them last week, so this is definitely a game we need to win to keep our momentum going.”
Senior outfielder Amelia Hoffman contributed a single and a double to the 11-hit attack for Chatham, which received two hits and a run scored apiece from Davies and Kennedy.
With their spirits high coming off of an impressive comeback victory, the Cougars will be facing their next important conference game Tuesday against Morristown.
“I’m hoping that as a team we can all keep our momentum up,” Pellegrin said. “In the field we played well, but I think that as a team we need to work harder on hitting and executing at the plate.”