No fence may be a problem
Playing home or away doesn't really matter to Winnisquam softball coach Kevin Dame. He knows the Bears' faithful fans travel well.
But making the trek to play No. 8 Bow today in the first round of the D-III does create a problem: The Falcons' field doesn't have an outfield fence.
Winnisquam's outfield plays solid defense, but it isn't the fastest in the state. Dame likes to move his outfield in to try to take away bloopers. Without a fence, though, he might need to move them back to try to take away gap hits.
"Team speed is not a huge strength of ours, so I like having a fence," Dame said. "If you hit it over our heads, we throw it in nicely. Even if you’re fast, it’s still in the park. With teams with a lot of speed and no fence, you hit it into a gap and all of a sudden you have a home run."
The Bears, the division's No. 9 seed, take on Bow starting at 4 p.m.