Boston High School: Assabet Valley

Div. 3 softball final: Assabet Valley 5, St. Mary's 2

June, 16, 2013
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- After losing to Turners Falls in last year's Division 3 state semifinal round, Assabet Valley returned this season with one sole purpose. The bitterness of that one run loss the Indians a year ago remained with the Aztecs throughout the off-season and they would use it as ammunition coming into this year's campaign.

Following Saturday's 5-2 victory over St. Mary's of Lynn in the Division 3 finals at Rockwood Field, Assabet can now wipe the Turners Falls game away from its memory banks and replace it with the joy of claiming its first state championship.

The Aztecs (21-4) broke this game open with a four run third inning. Tied 1-1 at the time, Assabet began the decisive frame with Jocelyn Orangio beating out an infield single. Brittney Lutz then laid down a bunt to the left side. Spartan third baseman Kaleigh Finigan, after fielding the ball, attempted to throw out Orangio at second. The throw beat the sophomore but shortstop Molly Doyle was unable to handle the throw thus putting runners on first and second. Mogran Parmeter followed by lining a single off the glove of Doyle into left field, scoring Orangio to make it 2-1. After a Jen Casavant single loaded the bases, the Aztecs proceeded to bounce into two force outs at the plate.

With an opportunity to escape a serious jam with only one run allowed, St. Mary's pitcher Brooke L'Abbe walked Nicole Cormier to force in Assabet's third run. The Aztecs didn't stop there. They scored two more runs on Deanna Hnilica's infield single and ensuing throwing error by Finigan to grab a 5-1 lead.

"What a great year," Assabet head coach Mike O'Brien said. "Nobody thought we could do this or even win a district championship. We've won two district championships and now we've won a state so I'm very proud of these girls. Our goal was to keep them under two runs and we gave up two. We felt two runs or less we would have a real good chance to win this.

"They made a couple of mistakes and we capitalized. That's how we've won all year. After losing in the state semis last year this team fought all year knowing they wanted to get back there and even a bit further. We were able to get back to the state semis (beating Mount Everett in extra innings) and today was just the pinnacle of all of that."

The Aztecs got on the board first in their half of the second on back-to-back doubles by Casavant and Madison Parmeter. The Spartans (19-6) would tie it in the third. Alex Fisher singled, took second on a SAC bunt and scored after Aztec pitcher Madison Parmeter threw the ball into right field after fielding Victoria Viger's bunt.

Following the four-run inning bestowed upon by Assabet, L'Abbe, a senior, was lifted. The combination of sophomore Jordan D'Orsi and eighth-grader Mia Nowicki kept the Aztecs hit less the rest of the way. With D'Orsi and Nowicki doing their job, the St. Mary's offense failed in comparison as Parmeter (CG, 5 hits, 3 Ks) held the Spartans in check in their quest to jump back into this one.

"I was watching their feet and if they crowded the plate I would throw it inside on them," said Parmeter, a sophomore. I don't think a lot of batters expect that but I have a lot of spin on my pitches and was able to keep them off-balanced for much of this game."

In the seventh, St. Mary's attempted a comeback by scoring a solo run. Cassandra Lafauci doubled to left and came around to score on a throwing error by first baseman Casavant. But that would be the only rallying cry put forth by the Spartans as Parmeter recorded the final out giving Assabet the triumph.

"It's tough," said Spartans coach Colleen Newbury, who was looking to claim her team's third state title having won it in 2009 and 2010. "It is especially tough for our seniors who don't get to play another game. That team played great and made the plays where we didn't. They played great defense against us. We have some good kids coming back so I think it will be a bright future for us."

D3 softball semi: St. Mary's 4, Case 3

June, 13, 2013
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TAUNTON, Mass. – St. Mary’s coach Colleen Newbury looks through Red Sox Nation glasses when viewing the relationship between pitchers Brooke L’Abbe and Mia Nowicki.

“She’s like our [Jonathan] Papelbon,” Newbury said Wednesday after the Spartans edged Case, 4-3, in a Division 3 state semifinal game. “It’s a big joke – Papelbon for [John] Lackey.

“We usually use three pitchers. Brooke [L'Abbe] did a great job keeping them off-balance. She’s our leader – our true captain for two years. We usually go to Jordan D’Orsi during middle relief and then go to Mia in the late innings. But today we felt like Mia could overpower them a little bit which she did.

“She’s very poised,” added Newbury. “You would never know she’s an eighth grader. It’s very unusual but she’s a strong kid. She’s very athletic and nothing seems to bother her.”

Nowicki was so strong that she blanked South Sectional champ Case (23-4) on one hit over the last three innings replete with three strikeouts and zero walks and faced just one batter over the minimum.

As a result the Spartans (20-5) will face Assabet Valley on Saturday at Worcester State for the state championship.

Making St. Mary’s victory even more impressive was the fact that in their four sectional tournament games, the Cardinals had outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 46-9.

“Wow … I had no idea,” Newbury said when informed of Case’s offensive prowess during the sectionals. “I think Brooke pitched well. I think we just gave them some runs early and then Mia was lights out. She has been.

“The goal is four (innings) and three if we can do it so it worked out great.”

St. Mary’s scored its initial run in the top of the first when Alison Butler walked and eventually came around on Molly Coyle’s double.

But Case countered with three runs in its half of the first.

A hustling Danielle Robillard scored all the way from second on Kelsey Pacheco’s infield hit. Then, after Katie Van Lingen doubled, two runs came home on an errant throw by shortstop Coyle.

The Spartans chipped one run off their 3-1 deficit in the second when Kaleigh Fenigan was hit by a Leslie Dennis pitch with the bases loaded.

St. Mary’s tied it in the fifth on consecutive singles by Coyle, L’Abbe and Tatiana Doucette.

Then, in the seventh, Doucette laced a two-out double to center, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the winning run when Cassandra LaFuci hit a liner to shortstop Haley Sousa who dropped the ball for an error.

“We knew we were facing a tough opponent,” Newbury said. “They’ve been to the state title game the last few years and lost so, obviously, their goal was to get back to that game and win. It was just a matter of getting going.”

D3 softbal semi: Assabet Valley 3, Mt. Everett 1

June, 13, 2013
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AMHERST, Mass. -- Mount Everett was feeling it. After putting together six solid innings of shutout ball, and leading 1-0, the Eagles entered the seventh and final inning of Wednesday’s Division 3 state semifinal a bit giddy knowing they stood on the cusp of earning their first state final appearance in school history.
With their junior hard-throwing pitcher Alicia Bazonski tossing zeros on the scoreboard, conditions seemed ideal for this Berkshire-based school to continue in its history-making quest.


Not so fast.


Central Mass. champ Assabet Valley, who were virtually non-existent at the plate over the first six frames showed some much-needed life in the seventh. The Aztecs were able to push across the tying run in the frame and then added two more in the eighth to claim an improbable 3-1 triumph at UMass.


What the Eagles failed to accomplish in their inability to tack on a couple of more runs during regulation would prove to be their demise. Assabet, a team noted for scratching and clawing until the final out, stuck to the script and the end result is an opportunity to bring home its first state championship. The Aztecs will face St. Mary’s of Lynn for the title on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. from Worcester State University’s Rockwood Field. The Eastern Mass. champs won back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010.


Needing any kind of lift, the Aztecs finally got one in the seventh. Senior Morgan Parmeter led things off by stroking a single to right. After stealing second, Parmeter took third on a Jen Casavant ground out. With Mount Everett’s infield drawn in an attempt to keep Parmeter at third on any ground ball, sophomore Maddie Parmeter, Morgan’s younger sister, ripped a hard single to right to knot game at 1-1.


“Nobody on this team wants to go home," Maddie Parmeter said. “Especially our seniors who didn’t want this to be their last game. I knew my sister was on third base and I wanted to get her home, so I just hit the ball as hard as I could. I think they were expecting bunt so I just pulled back and hit it and was able to get it past them."


Assabet’s dugout, which resembled a morgue over the first six innings, suddenly rose to life. The following inning, the Aztecs stuck the dagger in the backs of the Eagles. With two out, Brittney Lutz reached on an infield single but never stopped running. The senior ended up beating the throw to second putting the go-ahead runner into scoring position.


Lutz later revealed that she thought the ball had gotten away from first baseman Natasha MacLeay and kept on running. MacLeay, after receiving the throw from shortstop Emily Coon, hesitated long enough to allow Lutz to slide into second safely.


A bit discombobulated over the previous events, Bazonski tossed a wild pitch which allowed Lutz to easily take third. Morgan Parmeter next lined a solid single to right to put Assabet ahead. Casavant followed by ripping a hard grounder off the glove of third baseman Sam Hoover and into left field which resulted in a double and plating Parmeter with an insurance run.


In the bottom half of the eighth, Maddie Parmeter (CG, 4 hits, 5 Ks) set the Eagles down in order giving the Aztecs (20-4) their first crack to win a state crown in any sport in school history.


Having last reached the semifinal round back in 1990 when it lost to Hopedale, Mount Everett (21-2) claimed a one-run lead in their half of the third. A one-out double by Brooke Morehouse was proceeded by Chandler DeGrenier’s RBI single.


“Give Assabet the credit because they stayed with it," Eagles coach Kurt DeGrenier said. “They put the ball in play against Alicia [Bazonski] and were taking choppy swings and hitting line drives. We held them off for six innings and then they got us. I’m proud of our girls because they had a great season but today you have to give their pitcher a lot of credit. She wasn’t throwing very hard but was keeping us off-balanced. We didn’t put the ball in play very hard at all against her."


The way Bazonski was hurling, it appeared as though one run might be enough. Bazonski surrendered seven hits and struck out seven.


“That girl is a great pitcher,” Assabet coach Mike O’Brien said. “She spotted the ball well on the outside corners and throws in the lower 60s consistently. For some reason our girls never got down. We were down 1-0 going into the seventh and anyone could’ve folded at that point in time. But the character and integrity of this team is don’t stop fighting until the very last out is recorded. We started to get to (Bazonski) a little late but she’s a real competitor and I give their coaching staff a lot of credit too.”


Wahconah Regional 10, Belchertown 0
Chloe Warren, Gabrielle Lavino, Liz King and Rachel Brennan all had two hits to lead the second-seeded Warriors to a 10-0 thumping of Belchertown in the Western Mass. Division 2 final. Warren also drove in a pair.


The Warriors (21-2) scored five runs in the first inning and added five more in the fifth to put this one away. It also marked Wahconah's 21st straight victory after starting the season 0-2. The Warriors face Central Mass. and defending state champion Grafton here on Thursday in the state semifinal beginning at 3 p.m. The top-seeded Orioles complete their season at 19-5.

West softball: Agawam, Mt. Everett claim titles

June, 10, 2013
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AMHERST, Mass. -- For those who live outside the greater Springfield area, you probably have never heard of Allison Wheeler -- yet.

Wheeler is a freshman pitcher for the Agawam Brownies but certainly does not play like one. At Sunday's Division 1 Western Mass. final, Wheeler, showcasing outstanding movement with all of her pitches, silenced the Longmeadow offense in the form of a 1-0 victory at UMass.

With the win, the fourth-seeded Brownies (17-6) claim their second consecutive district title. They now move on to Wednesday's state semifinal versus Marlborough here beginning at 5 p.m. Last year, Agawam fell to Milford in the semifinal round.

"Allison has really come into her own this season," Brownies coach Kathy Georgina said. "Today she put the ball where she needed to. We had played Longmeadow twice before (earning a split) and we had studied their hitters. We had them all mapped out and Allison put the ball where she needed to so they couldn't hit it. For a freshman, her maturity and composure is truly amazing."

Entering this tilt, all talk focused around two young upstart pitchers who offer little to opposing offenses. Wheeler's counterpart, sophomore Jillian Stockley, also performed well in this one. But Wheeler was a tad better. The right-hander issued a first-inning single and then proceeded to keep the second-seeded Lancers quiet for the remainder of this tilt. She also picked up seven strikeouts. Stockley gave up five hits and fanned eight giving her 225 for the year.

"We just fought the whole way and wanted this so bad," Wheeler said. "My defense made some big plays for me and I owe a lot to my catcher Rielly Wieners. She keeps me calm. I love her and I'm so excited that we get to keep going."

Stockley's lone mistake came in the Brownies first inning. Danielle Stratton led off with a bunt single. Faith Rheault then reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt from Paige Circosta advanced both runners, Wieners hit a fly to left that was deep enough for Stratton to tag up and score on.

"I think our experience played out in getting that first run," said Georgina. "We came here and weren't nervous. I think they were a little nervous maybe in that first inning and we took advantage of that to get that run across."

From that point forward that would be the only offense put forth by both clubs as Wheeler and Stockley took over and made life difficult in the batter's box. Agawam managed to get two base runners to second in the later innings but Stockley left them stranded there.

"We knew going in we had to get some timely, clutch hits," said Longmeadow coach Steve Marcil, after his team finished at 17-5. "Wheeler pitched very well. We just didn't get a lot of good swings on her. Agawam played a great game. Danielle [Stratton] is probably the mentally-toughest kids I've ever coached. She has a plan for every pitch and every at bat. She's all business. She's just a phenomenal competitor and a great kid."

Mount Everett 3, Turners Falls 0
History says to beat a reigning state power like Turners Falls you need to be as close to perfect as one possibly can. be. The Indians have earned that reputation having won six state championships.

On Sunday, Mount Everett played near-flawless and certainly did enough to thwart the defending two-time Division 3 state champions 3-0 in the Western Mass. final played at UMass.

Much of the credit goes to Eagles hurler Alicia Bazonski. The hard-throwing righty curtailed the Indians' powerful bats throughout. After surrendering two first inning singles, the junior righty issued no more the rest of the way. At one point she set down 13 Indians in a row. Bazonski also registered six strike outs.

"This feels really good," said Bazonski, clutching her team's first district title trophy. "We knew Turners is a really good hitting team so I was just trying to keep them off-balance as much as I could. Fortunately, I was able to."

Mount Everett (22-1), the top seed, advances to Tuesday's state semifinal to be played here against Central Mass. champ Assabet Valley beginning at 5 p.m.
Having lost to the Indians in this game two years ago, Mount Everett, located in Sheffield, finally gained a little payback.

"We've been close a few times at winning this but always fell short," Eagles head coach Kurt DeGrenier said. "We live in a very tiny community so our whole community truly deserves this. Alicia [Bazonski] is the total package. I'm glad we've got her and nobody else does. She never gets rattled and never gives in. Turners has the best team in Western Mass for the last 20 years so beating them today is very special."

Mount Everett jumped ahead 1-0 in their half of the second against Indians ace Dakota Smith-Porter (CG, 4 hits, 2 Ks). Samantha Hoover walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored on Emily Coon's bloop single that landed on the foul line beyond third base. On the play, Indians left fielder Amber Caouette bobbled the ball allowing Hoover to sprint home.

While No. 2 Turners Falls (20-3) bats continued to grow listless against Bazonski, the Eagles threatened to add to its lead in the fourth.

Bazonski opened with a walk. With Kayla Krom pinch-running, Hoover laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Krom to second. Alex Hoover then sent a flare to left. Caouette charged the ball, played it on a hop, and fired a laser to Indians catcher Morgan Ozdarski who tagged out Krom. On the play, Hoover took off for second but Ozdarski alertly fired a strike to second baseman Jenna Putala, who placed the tag on a sliding Hoover to end the inning.

In the sixth, the Eagles made amends after scoring a pair. Haley Finn singled. Morgan DeGrenier laid down a bunt. Ozdarski picked it up and threw it into right field. Brittany York, the right fielder, let the ball go past her with Finn crossing the plate. DeGrenier, taking third on the double error, scored moments later on Natasha MacLeay's ground out.

"I felt one run wasn't going to be enough," Bazonski said. "We knew we needed to get some more and we did."

Bazonski retired the Indians in order in the top of the seventh to deny them a chance for a third straight state crown.

"We hit a few balls hard and they made the catches," Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said. "Their pitcher was tough and we couldn't handle it. We made three errors today and I don't think we've made three errors in over a month."

CMass softball: Grafton, Leicester to meet again in final

June, 6, 2013
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Early on, you had a feel that Kendal Roy was on her game.

The Grafton hurler had the dubious task of trying to curtail top-seed Hudson in Wednesday's Central Mass. Division 2 semifinal held at Worcester State University's Rockwood Field.

Having lost to the Hawks back on April 20, Roy had no intentions of seeing that defeat be played out again, especially in the postseason. There would be no déjà vu this time around as Roy put forth a masterful performance inside the circle, allowing just two hits and striking out 12 to lead the Indians to a 3-0 victory.

"It always feels good to beat a very good team," Grafton coach John Gemme said. "A lot of teams want to be where we are and to face good competition and be here at Worcester State."

No. 4 Grafton (21-2) will now play in its third consecutive final here on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. The Indians will face No. 3 Leicester for a third consecutive year. Both teams split the previous two district final meetings.

Against Hudson, Roy started strong and stayed that way. Through the first 5 1/3 innings, the junior flirted with perfection having allowed no hits or walks until it was broken up on a Laura Hydro infield single.

Meanwhile, the defending state champion Indians had already built its three run lead against Hawks stellar pitcher Jurnee Ware.

To Hudson's credit, it wasn't going down without a fight. Kara Knights led off the Hawks seventh with a single. Haley Gaffney then reached on an error. One out later, Chelsey Scovil lined a single to right loading the bases. Poised and determined, Roy regrouped and struck out the next two batters to seal the win.

"Hudson has always been a team with strong hitters," said Roy. "They started to get with how I throw in the later innings so I knew I had to change up my game plan a bit. I started going inside on them a lot more to get them off-balanced. It's a hard pitch to hit when it's right at your letters."

Ware never quite got into a rhythm as she surrendered six hits and struck out four. Two walks to open the game put Ware in trouble early. Grafton got a run out of it thanks to Roy's RBI fielder's choice. The Indians added another run the next frame. Michelle Goulet singled and scored on Ali Page's single.

Ware appeared to settle down a bit after that. But in the fifth, the senior ran into more problems. Singles by Page and Tara Faford had runners at second and third. Page sprinted home on Roy's ground out to shortstop. Ware was able to avoid any further damage in the frame and keep it a three-run game.

But on this night, a three-run cushion looked very favorable. At the plate, the Hawks were showing little resistance against Roy until they finally woke up a bit in the final inning before having the lights turned out on them putting an end to this tilt.

"We didn't go down without a fight," said Hudson first-year coach Mary Beth Ryan, wrapping up her season at 20-2. "Give credit to Kendal [Roy], she kept us on our toes.

“Grafton is a great team. They made some great plays tonight. Jurnee [Ware] struggled some early. You put a couple people on and it comes back to haunt you. But I thought she battled back hard too."

Leicester 3, Notre Dame Academy 2
Everything was working right for Notre Dame Academy. Facing one of the better hitting teams in all central Mass, Rebels pitcher Casey Arpin was baffling the Wolverines at every turn with a nice mix of fastballs and off-speed junk.

Through the first five innings of Wednesday's Division 2 Central Mass. semifinal, the junior had allowed no runs and given up just four hits.

Meanwhile, Arpin's teammates had staked her to a two-run lead after scoring a pair in the third inning. But Leicester (20-2) managed to hold its frustrations in check and finally found its offensive nitch in the sixth. The Wolverines scored three runs in the frame to come out on top, 3-2, and advance to Saturday's final. Leicester last reached the final in 2011.

The seventh-seeded Rebels close out their year at 17-6.

The Wolverines difference-making frame began with Kelly Shea reaching base on a dropped fly ball from left fielder Caroline Andreoli. The one play seemed to light a fire underneath the Wolverines. Lauren Tuiskula smashed a double to left plating Shea to make it 2-1. Samantha Rivers followed by singling to right to score Tuiskula to deadlock this contest. Rivers would score the go-ahead tally after Ashley George grounded a hard single up the middle.

Tuiskula, now in the pitcher's circle, served up a one out double to Meghan Sullivan but left here there after retiring the next two Rebel batters to end the game.

"It shows you just have to keep fighting and keep playing," Leicester coach Dave Stanick said. "We made a couple of mistakes to give them their runs but we started to hit the ball and put it in play. We get a runner on after a dropped ball. It's unfortunate but it's part of the game and from there we were able to take advantage of that. This year when teams have made mistakes we have taken advantage of them."

The Rebels led by two after Sullivan doubled and scored on an error by second baseman Kiley Hennessey. NDA's second run came via an RBI single from Victoria Pitney.

"We just didn't make the plays in that particular inning and that's the way it goes," Rebels coach Ed Savage said. "We knew Leicester was a very good hitting team and my pitcher did a nice job keep the ball away from them. We knew we had to pitch most of their hitters on the outside corner to be successful. But give Leicester credit because when we made a mistake they took advantage of it. So hats off to them."

Quaboag 7, Hopedale 1
Leading 1-0 through four innings, Quaboag busted its Division 3 CMass semi-final tilt against Hopedale wide open in its half of the fifth. The seventh-seeded Cougars plated six runs against Blue Raiders pitcher Lauren Kapatoes and rolled to a 7-1 victory.

Quaboag (17-6) meets Assabet Valley, the No. 4 seed, in Saturday's final here beginning at 3 p.m. Assabet took the CMass title last year. No. 6 Hopedale completes its season at 16-7.

In the fifth, the Cougars loaded the bases setting up an Andrea Koslowski RBI single. Danielle Sweet, who reached on a fielder's choice and Koslowski would both score shortly thereafter on a Blue Raider error to lead 3-0. The frame continued with a bases-loaded walk to Harlie Wdowiak. Moments later, Sarah Nye plated two more with a line single to right.

The Cougars struck for a run in the fourth inning. Koslowski led the frame off with a double to center field and and scored on Wdowiak's deep fly to center. Kapatoes drove in Hopedale's lone run in the seventh on a SAC fly.

D3 EMass softball: Case 4, Matignon 3

June, 13, 2012
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LOWELL, Mass. –- After tearing her ACL in December, Case senior pitcher Shannon Orton had an important decision to make. If she chose to undergo surgery she would not be able to compete with her teammates in her final high school season and attempt to win that elusive state championship. Orton decided to rehabilitate the injury and pitch through the pain with the support of a brace on her knee.

Her decision continued to pay off as Orton and her teammates will have another shot at the MIAA Division 3 championship on Friday as Case defeated Matignon 4-3 in the Eastern Mass. D3 championship game on Tuesday night.

“I postponed the surgery so that I could hopefully get back to another state championship,” Orton said. “We all fell short last year and I knew that this team had the potential to do it. After talking to my doctor and getting his okay I worked hard in the gym, with my pitching coach and with these girls. We all worked hard and we will have another shot at it.”

Orton and Matignon senior starting pitcher Lauren Doneski both pitched strong games as they both battled out of multiple middle-inning, bases-loaded jams to keep the game close and both of their teams alive.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Orton appeared to tweak her injured knee between innings as she took the mound. Orton battled through the injury and remained in the game. Despite giving up a run in the inning the senior buckled down and got out of any future trouble with a strikeout and a big defensive play from third baseman Kelsey Pacheco.

“She is tough,” Case head coach Norm Beauchemin said of Orton. “She tweaks a knee and she still comes back. She is as tough as nails and she is determined this year.”

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Case (18-7) overcame a two-run deficit to plate three runs and take a 4-3 lead. Orton led off the inning with a walk followed by singles from Mary VanLingen and Kadie Sullivan. With the bases loaded, junior shortstop Jenna Reposa ripped a base hit to left field that that eluded the leftfielder scoring all three runs.

“Even though we made some minor mistakes throughout the game we found the strength to get together and get it done,” Orton said. “We found a way to put those hits together at the end and Jenna had a great hit.”

With their first lead since the third inning Orton would rear back to strike out two batters and seal the win for Case.

“This journey has been a long journey,” Beauchemin said. “We survived today and the kids never quit. Even the games we lost during the course of the season we always had a chance to win. These girls never ever give up. They are as tough as nails, they are determined and they have a lot of confidence in each other.”

Doneski Shines: Despite Matignon’s loss Doneski had an amazing run on the mound and at the plate for the Warriors. She provided the game’s two best hits with a pair of 200 foot doubles over the head of Case’s outfielders. The first of her two doubles drove in a run and the senior also scored twice for Matignon (17-9) .

Doneski also mixed up her pitches to keep Case on their toes all night. Doneski was also involved in four putouts on the evening as she did a great job fielding her position.

Rematch: Case returns to Saturday’s state title game to face a familiar foe in Central/ Western Mass. champion Turners Falls.

Turners Falls defeated Assabet Valley 6-5 in the D3 Central/Western Mass. championship game on Tuesday night.

Turners Falls also defeated Case last season 1-0 in Worcester to claim the MIAA D3 crown. Orton threw a gem for Case but fell short to the shutout performance of Turners Falls’ hurler Emily Mailloux.

“It is really exciting,” Orton said. “We have worked real hard and stayed together as one unit the entire season. We are ready.”

D1 Central softball: Milford, Holy Name to meet

June, 9, 2012
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HUDSON, Mass. -- The juggernaut known as Milford just keeps on rolling.

The Scarlet Hawks scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie with Leominster and roll on to a 5-1 victory tonight in the semifinals of the Division 1 Central Mass. tournament. No. 1 Milford (21-0) faces No. 3 Holy Name (16-4) Saturday night in the finals beginning at 7 p.m. at Worcester State University. The fifth-seeded Blue Devils completed their season at 14-8.

While Scarlet Hawks' pitcher Shannon Smith has grabbed much of the attention on this team, and rightfully so, it was the bat of Rachel Levine that turned most heads.

The junior belted a home run, a triple and double, along with 3 RBIs, to ignite the Milford offense. With the game knotted at 1-1, the Scarlet Hawks scored three times in the third which was all Smith (1 run, 1 hit, 10 Ks) would need. Taylor Archer made it a 2-1 contest with a ground rule double to right. Levine followed with a two-run double to left. Her home run came in the sixth, belting a solo shot over the right field fence to extend the Scarlet Hawks' advantage to four runs.

"I've been working about with the inside pitch because I don't like to hit it and then I get it and hit a home run so it feels good," said Levine.

Levine's triple in the second inning put Milford on the board first. One out later, she scored on Taylor LeBrun's deep fly to left. Leominster tied the game in the top of the third. Junior Dominique Zarrella walked and moved to second on a ground out. Stephanie Storro then hit a routine grounder to first but the ball got past first baseman Samantha Bonvino allowing Zarrella to score from second. But in the bottom of the frame, Milford's offense went on the attack and the three runs scored was all Smith needed as she kept the Blue Devils in the check the rest of the way.

HOLY NAME 2, SHEPHERD HILL 0
In a pitcher's duel between Shepherd Hills' Molly Covill and Holy Name's Kelsey Saucier, offense would be at a premium. But in the Naps' fifth, Ama Biney, a sophomore, lasered a two-run single to centerfield which was all her team would need as they blanked the Rams 2-0 in the Division 1 Central Mass. semifinal.

"I was just trying to do whatever I could to help my team," said Biney, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double. "In that inning, with runners on, I was just trying to make contact."

No. 7 Shepherd Hill (14-9) had a chance to take an early lead. In the second inning, with a Samantha Miller standing on third, Emily Handon executed a suicide squeeze. However, Saucier was able to field the ball cleanly, tossing it to catcher Keara LaVallee in time to tag Miller out.

D3: ASSABET 2, QUABOAG 1
In a Division 3 semifinal, top-seed Assabet Valley (19-1) needed extra innings to edge No. 4 Quaboag 2-1. In a re-match of last year's Central Mass. final, won by the Cougars 9-1, it was the Aztecs who had the final laugh this time out. However, it did not come easy.

Assabet took a 1-0 lead in its half of the fourth thanks to a Brittney Lutz single that scored Jen Casavant, who led off the frame with a single.

The Aztecs appeared poised to keep the shutout in tact. In fact right up to the final out. In the final inning, the Cougars (18-4) appeared done after the first two batters were retired. But a triple off the bat of Allyson Smith was followed by a single from Danielle Sweet to tie the game after seven innings. Despite some of the wind taken out of their sails, the Aztecs never got down on themselves. In their half of the eighth, Chelsea Campana delivered an RBI walk-off single. Assabet will meet Blackstone Valley Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. in the final at Worcester State University.

"We had lost to Quaboag last year in the final so we wanted to come out and show them who we are," Campana said. "Blackstone, we know, will be a great competitor. We have beaten them three times this season already but it seems to get closer and closer each time that we play them. We're just hoping for another great game."

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