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Friday, April 27, 2012
Recap: No. 4 B-R 9, No. 16 New Bedford 8

By Tom Layman



BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Interesting things have happened when Bridgewater-Raynham and New Bedford square up on the softball diamond this season.

The last time out, the Whalers crawled out of a 12-0 hole with two at-bats left to grab a quirky 13-12 victory over the Trojans.

This matchup didn’t have the extreme one-sided swing that the previous heavyweight nonleague match had, but nonetheless it had its fair share of up-and-down drama with the Trojans coming out on top 9-8 on a blustery Friday afternoon.

The two teams combined for 16 runs in the games first three innings only to see the pitching from Audrey Dolloff and Brittany Carvahlo calm things down to surrender three total hits – two for the Trojans and one for the Whalers – in the final four innings of play.

Madi Shaw delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and her relay throw from shortstop nabbed the tying run at the plate in the Whalers’ last at-bat.

“Both of us know that our teams can hit the ball,” Whalers head coach Harry Lowe said. “You’ve got two good pitchers on the mound, it’s not like they are bad pitchers, but you’ve got two teams that have girls that swing from the heels. … Whoever is going to make the last play is going to win the game. They got the double in the last inning just like we had the double the first time.”

Trojans head coach Mike Carrozza rememberd being on the losing end of the last meeting between the two teams, and he most recalled the feeling not being a very good one.

“It wasn’t (a fun game) to be a part of after being up 12 runs and losing going into the fifth inning,” he said. “New Bedford just kept battling. Today we weren’t going to be denied and the kids kept fighting back inning after inning. We did what we had to do and we got the win.”

SHAW GETS THE WINNER IN BOTH PHASES
Shaw has started to come into her own for the Trojans in her sophomore season and this game may have highlighted that more than others.

The only time she didn’t impact the game at the plate was when she was walked in the fourth inning. When she swung the bat, she was 3-for-3 with three extra-base hits for six RBI. She connected on a game-tying 3-run homer in the bottom of the first, a game-tying 2-run shot in the second and the go-ahead RBI double in the sixth.

Shaw also saved a run for the Trojans in the field in the Whalers’ half of the seventh, when she erased Hannah Greany at the plate with a relay throw from short to help B-R cling to the 9-8 lead.

“Today was a real big game for her as far as the defensive end and the offensive end of it,” Corrozza said.

Before she gets into the on-deck circle Shaw can be found warming up off the tee to try and keep her swing nice and level, but she believes she is also starting to pick up some of the leadership qualities in only her second year with the team.

“I’m always talking all the time, even last year when I was still a little awkward freshman,” she said. “As it’s building, I do feel that I may have to (the leadership) over my senior year.”