TAUNTON, Mass. -- What a difference a couple of hours makes.
Taunton and Bridgewater-Raynham faced off twice in a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday to decide the Old Colony League softball title. In the first game — which was the continuation of a suspended game that had also been postponed earlier — the Tigers and Trojans traded zeros for eight innings before B-R broke through in the bottom of the ninth, scoring on a wild pitch for a 1-0 win.
The Trojans didn’t have to sweat things out again in the nightcap, batting around in the first and fourth innings and plating four runs in each frame while pounding out a 12-0 victory over Taunton.
With their second win, B-R captured its first OCL title since 2005, when they shared the crown with the Tigers. It also marks the first time since ’05 that Taunton hasn’t captured the league title.
Trojans ace Audrey Dolloff put in yeoman’s work in the circle, turning in six innings of shutout ball before throwing a complete-game shutout in Game 2. The B-R bats showed up in the nightcap as well, churning out 19 hits.
“What had a lot of opportunities to score in the first game, but we didn’t put across runs,” Trojans head coach Mike Carrozza said. “Pretty much, in the second game, the kids came right out hitting. It got contagious.”
Freshman shortstop Maddie Shaw paced the B-R (12-3, 4-1) offense, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI. Six different Trojans hitters drove in runs, including Jordan Roderigue and Devin Doherty who had two RBI each. Catcher Chelsea Correia went a perfect 5-for-5 with five singles and an RBI.
The Trojans feasted on a depleted Taunton (9-9, 4-2) pitching staff. Tigers ace Christina Meister has already been lost for the season to injury, so it was left to freshman Jessie Aleixo to pull the team through two crucial league games. She performed admirably, throwing six shutout innings in Game 1.
But things had clearly changed in Game 2 when 10 B-R batters collected hits.
Still, the Trojans’ biggest offensive fireworks came of Shaw’s bat in the fifth inning. She used an inside-out swing to send an opposite field home run over Jack Tripp Field’s right field fence of 185 feet.
“Coach told me just keep my eye on it, wait on it, just do everything I’ve been doing this year,” Shaw said.
From there, Dolloff went about silencing the Tigers, striking out 11 while allowing only three hits.
“I’ve thrown more playing in summer tournaments,” Dolloff said reflecting on her 13 innings of service. “You just go out there and do it.”