LOWELL, Mass. — It looked as though Burlington might lose its four-run lead in the seventh inning of Monday’s Division 2 North softball final, but with the tying run on third base, Red Devils starting pitcher Kelly McCarthy stepped up.
McCarthy was able to battle her way out of the inning, after giving up three runs in the inning, as the No. 3 seed Burlington defeated No. 8 Tewksbury, 6-5, in the Division 2 North softball final.
The Burlington hurler was called upon for the entire game as she threw a complete game, and had little trouble with the Redmen’s offensive attack until the final inning.
“[McCarthy] battled for us a lot, and she has been battling for us all year,” Burlington head coach Kristen Mahoney said. “She did her job.”
Michaela Mazure helped ignite the Burlington (21-3) offense in the third inning after the Red Devils had gone down, 1-0. Mazure crushed a double to left-center, which knocked home two-of-the-four runs the Red Devils scored in the inning.
“I was just trying to help my team out by doing my part,” Mazure said. “I knew we were down, I knew we needed runs, so I was just looking for a base hit. It was a great feeling to score both of those runs.”
McCarthy helped out her own cause knocking in a run, and Kaela Hersee also had an RBI single capping off the four-run third.
Burlington’s No. 9 hitter went a little under the radar, as she didn’t record a hit, but Danielle Coveno did all the little things to help lead the Red Devils to victory. Coveno scored a run, and she helped move base runners over by laying down three sacrifice bunts.
“She was able to get those bunts down with the corners right on top of her, which isn’t an easy thing to do,” Mahoney said. “It was huge because that moves base runners [over] for us. If we can’t move base runners into scoring position our bats aren’t going to be able to [hit runs] in.”
Kayla Sheldon and Coveno scored runs in the fourth inning extending the Burlington lead to 6-1. Sheldon was hot the entire day as she was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
“Kayla had three hits, what [more] can you ask of from your No. 8 hitter,” Mahoney said.
Burlington appeared to have a comfy 6-2 lead heading into the seventh inning, but Tewksbury (17-7) shortstop Tiffanie Marsh had something to say about that. She already had an RBI in the third inning, but with her team down 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh, she rose to the occasion.
After a lead-off walk from Sam Laferriere, Marsh smacked her second double of the day off the center field wall, missing a home run by only a few feet.
“[Marsh] is a special player for us, and an all conference player,” Tewksbury head coach Leo DiRocco said. “She’ll do anything for a win, she’s a very quiet player, and she leads by example.”
Burlington will play Bishop Stang (17-8) on Wednesday at Martin Field for the Division 2 Eastern Mass. title.