Page 10 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 19, 2023 Sachems battle back to edge Malden By Greg Phipps F or the second time this season, the Saugus High School softball team found a way to topple a very good Malden Catholic squad by producing a comeback effort. Two weeks ago, the Sachems fought back to knock off Malden on the road. On Monday at home, they pulled off a similar feat by overcoming a 5-0 deficit and emerging with a 6-5 win. Five runs in the bottom of the fifth evened the game at five apiece before Saugus plated the winning tally in the sixth. Pitchers Abby Enwright and Taylor Deleidi combined for the win. Enwright threw two innings and Deleidi worked the next five frames. Defensively, the Sachems came up big. Shortstop Devany Millerick made a game-saving, juggling catch in short center field to preserve the victory. Alexa Morello and Maria Silva made ADVOCATE ASKS | FROM PAGE 9 things can change. God has other plans for me. I’m lucky to have my family and friends. Q: Was there a turning point, after the accident, where you solid fielding plays at first base and in the outfield, respectively. On offense, Ava Rogers drove in two runs with a hit, followed by a single and RBI each from Lily Ventre and Danica Schena. Sydney Deleidi, Kaitlyn Pugh and Millerick contributed hits as well. Head Coach Steve Almquist said he’s been impressed with the performance of his young team, which has no seniors and sports three sophomores, two juniors and an eighth-grader in the infield, while the outfield is made up of a freshman, a sophomore and a junior. Monday’s victory improved the Sachems to 9-6 overall and in need of just one more win to clinch the program’s seventh straight state tournament berth. “We have certainly experienced our share of growing pains,” Almquist said. “We still have a long way to go but the entire team began to adapt to and accept your situation? A: I think it was in Spaulding. I just accepted it. It was about six months after the accident. Things are hard to accept, but I developed a “can do” attitude. ~ ANNOUNCEMENT~ REVERE AMERICAN LEGION POST # 61 Is reopening soon! has been working hard to get better each day.” Last Wednesday, the Sachems scored a 12-0 mercy-rule win over Winthrop and then suffered a tough loss to Peabody two days later. In the Winthrop game, Deleidi was the winning pitcher, going all five innings and giving up just two hits. The Sachems rallied for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back. Pugh continued her hot hitting by belting three hits and driving in two while Millerick swatted two hits and had two RBIs. Rogers contributed two knocks and two RBIs, and Silva drove in two runs with a base hit. Also joining the hit brigade were Ventre, Schena and Isabella Natalucci. The Sachems hosted Swampscott on Wednesday and entertain Salem on Saturday morning (scheduled 10 a.m. start) at the Belmonte School Field. I go to church every Sunday and I use The Ride – The MBTA Ride – to get to church. It’s a blessing. I go every Sunday. And I go to the Mall. I love eating at Panera Bread. I just ate there on Mother’s Day. Q: Was there inspiration in your life? A: My family was coming to visit. My friends were coming to visit. They were there for me through it all. I was in the chair, but they still loved me. And I had peer mentors. It was not an easy thing to accept. I got all sorts of help. I can call people on the phone and I’m involved with conference call support groups. Peer mentors helped me and it’s good to give back. Q: Before the accident, you had a pretty active lifestyle. A: Definitely. Q; So, what did you do to fill that time? A: They asked me to speak at different schools in Wakefield. I got involved in the LAD Program – Learning About Disabilities. I spoke to the third- and fourth-graders. Q: Were you pretty religious We are happy to announce that we have begun making reservations for our function hall. At 249 Broadway, Revere for events after May 20, 2023 For information, please call 781-284-9511 * Leave your name and telephone number. before the accident? A: Yes. I have always been pretty religious. I taught Sunday School. Q: You are a member of the town’s Disabilities Commission. How is Saugus doing as far as making sure the town is accessible for all citizens? A: We’re working on it. Things are pretty accessible. Q: Anything else that you would like to share? Saugus shortstop Devany Millerick made a game-saving catch in Monday’s comeback win over Malden Catholic. A: Just take one day at a time. That’s all you can do. And enjoy your life. I learned there is life after injury. I found that life is good with many gifts from friends and family. I like going to the Saugus Senior Center and going out for lunch and dinner with my friends or family. I’m a peer mentor for people who are newly injured with spinal cord injuries. I try to keep a positive attitude each and every day. To date, I have retained my position as a notary, also my position as a reserve deputy sheriff for Middlesex County AN APPROPRIATE POEM: Midge Dawicki said she wrote this poem about 18 years ago, before her accident. But she said it still applies to her life and she plans to read it soon at a church, where she will give a talk. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

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