King Philip Squeezes Out Extra Innings Win Over North

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Rudy Gately’s 11th inning squeeze bunt plated the game-winning run and lifted King Philip to a dramatic win over rival North Attleboro. (Josh Perry/

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WRENTHAM, Mass. – When the game started, there was some concern about smoke and rain, but three hours and 11 innings later, light was starting to become an issue at Lombard Field. Wednesday afternoon’s Div. 2 Sweet Sixteen matchup between league rivals North Attleboro and King Philip turned into a marathon.

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In the bottom of the 11th, KP was at the plate with its fifth chance to walk off with the win. For the third time in those five innings, KP had the bases loaded and the winning run just 90 feet away. KP coach Jeff Plympton, Jr. decided it was the perfect opportunity to try something different.

With one out, Rudy Gately surprised the North defense by squaring around and pushing a bunt towards the second baseman. The safety squeeze made it just past the mound, North had no play at the plate, and the Warriors celebrated a 4-3 victory and a return to the D2 quarterfinal.

Plympton, Jr. said, “I thought we had a few too many mental errors to win that game and, you know, our pitching kept us in it and gave us that opportunity to finish it off. Rudy is an excellent bunter and I knew that he’d get it down and that he’d get it down far enough that he’d get in.”

Asked what he was looking for in that at-bat, Gately replied, “Just bunting there, a little safety squeeze, just get it in play so we can score. That’s all I needed to do. Struggling at the plate, I think half my hits are bunts right now, so stick with it.”

North Attleboro (8-14) came into the playoffs as the No. 19 seed and went on the road to upset No. 14 Duxbury in the first round. Head coach Mike Hart was proud of the way his team battled one of the favorites for the state title and a team had already beaten the Rocketeers twice this season.

“The last two weeks of practice have been phenomenal,” Hart explained. “KP’s a great team, we knew they were going to fight, and we were ready for it. This caliber of kids is fantastic. Seeing it all come together over the last two games, over the last two weeks of practice, it’s been a fun time.”

Way back in the top of the first, it was North that jumped in front. With two outs, Derek Maceda drew a walk. He stole second and then stole third as well, with the throw getting away into left field to allow him to come home and make it 1-0.

The lead was short-lived. In the bottom half, Matthew Kelley beat out a two-out, infield single to short. Drew Herlin singled to center and the ball was misplayed, allowing Kelley to come all the way around from first and tie things up. Jordan Paradis would make a nice grab on a long fly by Aiden Astorino to end the inning.

In the third, Paradis led off with a single and, with one out, Maceda lined a single to center. He would steal second to put two in scoring position. Cam Hasenfus threw a nasty fastball on the corner to strike out fellow sophomore Gio Martello and then got a high chopper to Brendan Sencaj at third to escape the jam.

KP grabbed the lead in the bottom of the inning. Sencaj drew a one-out walk and Kelley crushed a ball that one-hopped the right field fence for a run-scoring triple. Herlin came through with his second hit of the day to bring in Kelley. Dillon Harding gave up a double to Tommy Martorano but Martello made an excellent play on a ball that tipped off Harding’s glove and then the pitcher got a comebacker to end the threat.

It stayed 3-1 until the fifth inning. Paradis led off with a walk and stole second. Hasenfus got a strikeout for the first out, but Maceda smashed a ball over the fence in right for a game-tying homer that sent the North bench (and Hart in the third-base coach’s box) leaping towards the plate in jubilation.

After Martello singled and stole second, sophomore Nate Pennini came in for KP and got a grounder to second and a strikeout to keep the game tied.

The home team’s first chance to win it came in the seventh. Sencaj singled and Kelley followed with a grounder, but North couldn’t get the force at second. After a grounder moved the runners up, Martorano was intentionally walked to load the bases. Martello had another nice play, cutting down the potential winning run at the plate and a bouncer to short ended the inning.

KP had another golden opportunity to win it in the eighth. With two outs, Max Robison hustled to beat out an infield hit. Sencaj lined a double just inside the line in right, putting two in scoring position. Again North intentionally loaded the bases, this time giving Kelley the free pass, and Maceda came in to relieve Harding (7-2/3 innings, two earned runs).

Maceda got Herlin to fly out to left and the game continued on.

“Dillon and Derek have been our horses on the mound,” said Hart. “It was getting close, Dillon’s pitch count was getting up, but there was nobody we were going to put there in that spot. He puts the team on his back, he’s so mentally tough, the situation is never too big for him.”

Both teams had base runners in the ninth, but Leo Dowling threw out Chris Hanewich trying to steal second and Maceda got a strikeout after Gately’s infield single.

North’s best chance to go in front came in the 10th. Pennini walked Harding and Maceda to start the inning, but Sencaj handled a tough grounder and got the lead runner at third for the first out. Pennini (5-2/3 innings, no runs, seven strikeouts) then bore down, striking out the next two hitters to get out of the inning without any damage.

Maceda allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom half, but Nate Kelly threw out Tommy McLeish stealing second. It was the second runner Kelly threw out in extra innings. Martorano came in to pitch the top of the 11th and set North down in order, with a little help from Dowling who made a couple of excellent plays on popped up bunts around the plate.

“Two sophomores, Hasenfus and Pennini, got us the majority of the innings and having Martorano back being able to come in and chuck, he throws hard and got us that last inning that we needed,” said Plympton, Jr.

As the light was starting to dim and there was concern creeping in about how much more baseball could be played on Wednesday, Kelley sparked the Warriors with another infield single. Hanewich made a great running grab on a Herlin ball in the gap, hanging onto it despite a nasty collision with Paradis. Martorano added another infield hit and Astorino was intentionally walked to load the bases.

That brought up Gately with the chance to be a hero. It wasn’t a blast to the gap that would decide the game, but a well-executed bunt, put in just the right spot.

“It’s always hard playing a rivalry team three times in a year,” Gately said. “No matter what the records are, it can always go both ways.” He continued, “It was definitely a long game. We haven’t played a game that long all year. It’s difficult to stay in it, especially all the ups and downs, but we stayed focused in at the end to get the win.”

“We’ve been in tight games, but there’s nothing like this throughout the season,” Plympton, Jr. said. “It’s good to show to the team that we can win these type of games and it’s only going to get harder down the stretch trying to make a good run.”

King Philip (15-7) will host No. 6 Westwood on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 with a spot in the D2 Final Four on the line.

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First Inning Rally Enough for North to Reach Sweet 16

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Molly Willey makes a play at third base, helping North Attleboro earn a 5-0 win over Norwood in the Div. 2 Round of 32. (Josh Perry/

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Norwood knew what to expect when it traveled to North Attleboro for Monday afternoon’s Div. 2 Round of 32 matchup at Kelly Field.

Runs were going to be at a premium against Hockomock League MVP Kelly Colleran, so the Mustangs were going to need to take advantage of any opportunity to get runners on base and put pressure on the Rocketeers by keeping them off the board for as long as possible.

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The game plan went out the window in North’s first plate appearance. The Rocketeers batted around in the first, scoring four runs to take control of the game and then rode yet another stellar performance from Colleran in the circle (one hit allowed and 18 strikeouts) for a 5-0 victory and a return to the Sweet Sixteen.

“We hadn’t played in a week and a half and that first inning was huge and the way we did it too, we were hitting, running,” said North coach Bill Wallace. “Then we sort of went dry for a while.”

He added, “I think the challenge for Kelly today was that two weeks ago she pitched four games in five days and then she had nine days off, but the kid’s played so much ball, she’s so smart, that a minor adjustment here, a tweak there and she’s back in form.”

Norwood got a runner on against Colleran in the first. A one-out error gave the Mustangs a little life and a little hope, but Maryellen Charette fired a strike to catch Liz Helmar trying to steal third and ended the inning.

The Mustangs planned on pitching around Colleran but with two strikes she got a good pitch to hit and started the bottom of the first with a line drive double over the centerfielder’s head. Arianna McDavitt followed with a single to right that brought home the first run.

McDavitt stole second to get into scoring position and would scamper home with the second run on a single by Molly Willey. Charette was hit by a pitch to put two on (and Mary Rogers came in as a courtesy runner). A groundout moved the runners up and Lucy Palmer drew a walk to load the bases.

Grace Simmons would pick up an RBI when Norwood attempted to get the lead runner at the plate but the throw was late. Grace Forman ripped a line drive to left that was hauled in for the second out, but was deep enough to score the fourth run. Maddie Bailey nearly dropped a hit into right but a nice running grab ended the inning.

Colleran settled into her start, striking out the side in the second and the fifth and striking out a pair in the third and the fourth. The only contact from Norwood was a bunt that Willey handled cleanly and a grounder to Palmer at first.

In the sixth inning, Colleran struck out the first three batters but the third one got past Charette to allow Norwood only its second base runner. Colleran made sure it didn’t matter by recording her fourth K of the inning.

North added a run in the fourth. Colleran was intentionally walked for second time in the game and moved to second on a fielder’s choice from McDavitt. Willey’s grounder to the right side moved both runners into scoring position and Charette followed by dropping a single into right. Colleran scored easily but a perfect relay cut down McDavitt at the plate.

“They’re kind of used to it,” Wallace said about how his lineup reacted to Norwood’s strategy of putting Colleran on. “She was intentionally walked 11 times this year. She was walked with the bases loaded one game. She’s got to stay inside herself, she’s chomping at the bit to try and do something but when you’re awarded first base there’s only so much you can do.”

The insurance run kept things comfortable even as Norwood put together a small rally in the seventh. Helmar reached for the second time on a controversial call at first. Willey made a nice backhand play down the third-base line but the ump said that Palmer had come off the bag at first.

Colleran kept firing, blowing away the next batter and then pulled the string on a 3-2 changeup for the second out. After hitting a batter to put two on, Colleran finished off the win with her 18th strikeout of the game.

“One of our strategies, we have Molly play so close [at third], she’s 30 feet from the plate, and it discourages teams from bunting,” Wallace explained. “The few times that they do she usually shuts it down and once you’re swinging away against Kelly it’s usually not successful.”

North Attleboro (16-5) will face No. 12 Nashoba on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30.

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Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2023

Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2023
The Attleboro boys won their first ever title at the annual Hockomock Outdoor Track Championships, held at Foxboro High. (Josh Perry/

The Hockomock League Championships were held at Foxboro High this past weekend. Below are the team results and the top eight finishers for each event.

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Boys Team Results

1. Attleboro – 119
2. Oliver Ames – 112
3. Mansfield – 76
4. Stoughton – 69
5. Taunton – 61
T6. Franklin – 42
T6. King Philip – 42
T6. North Attleboro – 42
9. Sharon – 41
10. Foxboro – 33
11. Milford – 19
12. Canton – 7

1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 11.29
2. Ayden Ramirez, Attleboro – 11.48
3. Myles Brown, Mansfield – 11.53
4. Kadon Jordan, Taunton – 11.57
5. Matt-Andy Beauchamps, Stoughton – 11.74
6. Duncan Seaman, Sharon – 11.94
7. Dylan Huffman, Sharon – 11.99
8. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 12.02

1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 22.40
2. Jordan Rivera-Silva, Attleboro – 22.73
3. Nate Kablik, Mansfield – 23.08
4. Elijah Wisdom, Sharon – 23.35
5. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 23.70
6. Jack Reed, Mansfield – 23.77
7. Nolan Querzoli, Oliver Ames – 23.80
8. Sean Kaswale, Attleboro – 23.83


Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2023

1. Aaron Martin, Attleboro – 50.95
2. Trey Lovell, Franklin – 51.10
3. Nolan Querzoli, Oliver Ames – 51.66
4. Ben Parson, Milford – 52.10
5. Dan Krasylnykov, Canton – 52.13
6. Stephen Haney, Foxboro – 52.77
7. Jaylen Outland, Attleboro – 52.96
8. Kyle Dickinson, Mansfield – 53.55

1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 2:01.69
2. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 2:02.44
3. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 2:03.12
4. Marco Geminiani, Mansfield – 2:05.48
5. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 2:06.26
6. Troy Penney, Mansfield – 2:06.68
7. Alexander Blumen, Sharon – 2:06.83
8. Brooks Stone, Foxboro – 2:07.07

1 Mile
1. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 4:26.75
2. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:27.17
3. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 4:27.57
4. Connor Peterson, North Attleboro – 4:34.68
5. Talon Johnson, Mansfield – 4:39.91
6. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 4:41.94
7. Baxter Greene, North Attleboro – 4:43.04
8. Jonathan Pink, Franklin – 4:43.96

2 Mile
1. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 9:51.63
2. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 9:54.27
3. Nicholas Yacoub, Sharon – 10:00.45
4. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 10:04.93
5. Alexander Pierce, Oliver Ames – 10:12.79
6. Andrew Fletcher, Milford – 10:21.36
7. Sam Denis, Taunton – 10:27.59
8. Joe Thomas, Sharon – 10:28.40

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110M Hurdles
1. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 15.03
2. Alexander Gong, Sharon – 15.55
3. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 16.11
4. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 16.29
5. Maxwell Crawford, Attleboro – 16.38
6. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 16.39
7. Mason Scardocci, Foxboro – 16.82
8. Jaret Schmidt, Franklin – 17.68

400M Hurdles
1. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 56.63
2. Maxwell Crawford, Attleboro – 57.82
3. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 58.45
4. Jacob Blazek, Attleboro – 58.49
5. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 59.73
6. Vance Crawford, Attleboro – 1:01.31
7. William Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 1:01.61
8. Jack Butler, Oliver Ames – 1:02.22

4×100 Relay
1. Attleboro (Ayden Ramirez, Jaylen Outland, Zyeem Charles, Adrian Rivera) – 44.12
2. Mansfield (Myles Brown, Jack Reed, Sirius Li, Nate Kablik) – 44.26
3. Franklin (Connor Klawson, Joshua Dunlap, Bryce Dragsbaek, Stephon Reed) – 44.47
4. Taunton (Jonathan Trinh, Omari Rodrigues, Malachi Johnson, Dmitrius Shearrion) – 44.84
5. Sharon (Alex Gong, Malachi Diaz, Naeem Prempin, Duncan Seaman) – 44.95
6. Stoughton (Matt-Andy Beauchamps, Zachary Feist, William Tinkham, Brandon Madden) – 45.64
7. Oliver Ames (Lubert Etienne, Patrick Dunlap, Dominic Nowakowski, Joe Calisi) – 46.00
8. Milford (Shawn Pierce, Jarret Brown, Taylor Feliciano, Yael Lopez De Victoria) – 46.88

4×400 Relay
1. Attleboro (Austin Bowie, Jacob Blazek, Jordan Rivera-Silva, Aaron Martin) – 3:34.07
2. Oliver Ames (Jack Butler, Christopher Gaskill, William Sobieraj, Nolan Querzoli) – 3:39.56
3. Franklin (Aidan Orr, Fraser Baird, Jake Vaccarezza, Trey Lovell) – 3:39.60
4. Foxboro (Stephen Haney, Daniel O’Malley, Brayden Pace, Brooks Stone) – 3:41.80
5. Mansfield (Kyle Dickinson, Marco Geminiani, Thomas Giudicianni, Evan Rawlings) – 3:44.08
6. Canton (Dan Glemaud, Dan Krasylnykov, Ruairi Ritson, Mohith Arugollu) – 3:45.24
7. Taunton (Fitting Aidden, Peyton Weldon, Aidan Zamora, Az St. Marc) – 3:47.29
8. King Philip (Ryan Taylor, Sean Woods, Pranav Srinivasan, Owen MacKenzie) – 3:48.57

4×800 Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Alex Callanan, Ethan Mahoney, Alexander Pierce, Ryan Sarney) – 8:30.95
2. Franklin (Jack Halter, Anton Sackley, Aidan Nisbett, Will Boozang) – 8:39.12
3. Attleboro (Michael Jennison, Nicholas Graber, William Badger III, Luke Hagopian) – 8:45.75
4. North Attleboro (Connor Peterson, Baxter Greene, Brady King, Eliude Alcanat) – 8:49.00
5. King Philip (Nathan Sylven, James McKenna, Liam Nolan, Luca Giardini) – 8:50.37
6. Mansfield (Colby Quersher, Collin Fine, Troy Penney, Talon Johnson) – 8:53.87
7. Stoughton (Jacob Marques, Jack Barbato, William Borges, Max Pokraka) – 9:16.77
8. Sharon (Joe Thomas, Adam Lessard, Vincent Chen, Ethan Scarfo) – 9:28.75

Shot Put
1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 51-04.50
2. Joe Flanagan, Foxboro – 47-02.25
3. Ayden Agbasi, Mansfield – 43-09.00
4. Thomas Laz, Stoughton – 42-02.00
5. Peter Andromalos, Oliver Ames – 41-01.00
6. Chris Young, Oliver Ames – 40-02.00
7. Degen Granese, King Philip – 39-09.00
8. Kamron Marsh, Attleboro – 39-07.75

1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 124-04
2. Ayden Agbasi, Mansfield – 116-00
3. Enrique Maldonado, Taunton – 107-07
4. Kamron Marsh, Attleboro – 106-06
5. Jacob Bowser, Franklin – 104-05
6. Daniel Mintz, Mansfield – 103-05
7. Ethan Jimenez, Stoughton – 101-04
8. Jayden Tetreault, Attleboro – 99-09

1. Joe Coplan, Milford – 148-04
2. James Scott, Franklin – 147-00
3. Harrison Keen, Foxboro – 133-04
4. Elijah Perez, Taunton – 128-08
5. Brayden Burton, Oliver Ames – 127-06
6. Logan Frank, Taunton – 126-09
7. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 126-03
8. Joshua C Masuwa, Stoughton – 122-03

High Jump

Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2023

1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 6-06.00
2. Carson Crump, North Attleboro – 6-02.00
T3. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 5-10.00
T3. Dylan Woods, King Philip – 5-10.00
T3. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 5-10.00
6. Keagan Fletcher, King Philip – 5-10.00
7. Ty Boswell, Attleboro – 5-10.00
8. Jake Stromfors, Attleboro – 5-10.00

Long Jump
1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 23-02.00
2. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 21-05.50
3. Malachi Johnson, Taunton – 21-04.50
4. Elijah Wisdom, Sharon – 21-02.25
5. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 20-08.00
6. Aidan Pantages, Attleboro – 20-05.00
7. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 20-04.75
8. Anthony Petijohn, Taunton – 19-11.50

Triple Jump
1. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 43-09.00
2. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 43-01.00
3. Anthony Petijohn, Taunton – 42-04.50
4. Sean Woods, King Philip – 42-03.00
5. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 42-02.00
6. Tobiah Stessman, Sharon – 41-11.50
7. Degen Granese, King Philip – 41-06.50
8. Elijah Wisdom, Sharon – 41-05.50

Girls Team Results

1. Franklin – 155
2. Oliver Ames – 92.5
3. Mansfield – 91
4. Stoughton – 68.5
5. King Philip – 53
6. North Attleboro – 47.5
7. Canton – 44
8. Taunton – 38
9. Sharon – 31
10. Milford – 22
11. Foxboro – 15.5
12. Attleboro – 5

1. Abigail Scott, Mansfield – 11.90
T2. Grace Okocha, Oliver Ames – 12.20
T2. Nina Kyei-Aboagye, Sharon – 12.20
4. Alex D’Amadio, King Philip – 12.30
T5. Amelia Andre, Oliver Ames – 12.70
T5. Senai Whigham, Stoughton – 12.70
7. Grace Inacio, Taunton – 12.80
8. Amaya Cruz, Taunton – 13.10

1. Nina Kyei-Aboagye, Sharon – 26.344
2. Grace Okocha, Oliver Ames – 26.349
3. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – 26.92
4. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 27.19
5. Meghan Driscoll, Mansfield – 27.65
6. Olivia Barry, Mansfield – 28.06
7. Lauren Signoriello, Mansfield – 28.25
8. Chidera Agbanari, North Attleboro – 28.28

1. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 59.75
2. Madison Bruno, Franklin – 1:00.20
3. Julie Richardson, Stoughton – 1:01.01
4. Caelen O’Leary, Taunton – 1:01.45
5. Lauren Signoriello, Mansfield – 1:01.74
6. Dani Atherton, Milford – 1:01.92
7. Sydney DiVasta, Mansfield – 1:02.67
8. Lauren Bober, Foxboro – 1:03.11

1. Danielle Lomuscio, King Philip – 2:18.60
2. Emersyn DePonte, Taunton – 2:20.77
3. Phylicia Dias, Taunton – 2:28.03
4. Danessa Francois, Stoughton – 2:28.57
5. Meghan Griffith, Franklin – 2:30.93
6. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 2:32.34
7. Brooke Davies, Foxboro – 2:32.39
8. Norah Puleo, Mansfield – 2:32.94

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1 Mile
1. Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 5:10.43
2. Gwenyth Holland, Franklin – 5:15.14
3. Molly Capece, Oliver Ames – 5:20.82
4. Braelyn Graham, Oliver Ames – 5:27.97
5. Sydney Kalil, Milford – 5:28.19
6. Julia Simpson, North Attleboro – 5:43.37
7. Cheyanne Kelley, King Philip – 5:58.79
8. Lilly Branco, Stoughton – 5:59.31

2 Mile
1. Hannah Dupill, Oliver Ames – 11:39.16
2. Annie Reilly, Oliver Ames – 11:43.80
3. Katie Galgoczy, North Attleboro – 11:47.25
4. Emilia Smith, Attleboro – 11:59.98
5. Anna Moore, Mansfield – 12:04.63
6. Alexandra Batla, Franklin – 12:22.74
7. Madeline Stewart, Oliver Ames – 12:23.37
8. Ella Lussier, King Philip – 12:41.86

100M Hurdles
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 15.48
2. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 16.39
3. Madeline Hill, King Philip – 16.70
4. Maude Kilmer, Sharon – 17.43
5. Sarah Glaser, King Philip – 17.73
6. Jayda Proffit, Canton – 17.99
7. Elyssa Buchanan, Mansfield – 18.06
8. Madison Morris, Mansfield – 18.37

400M Hurdles
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 1:02.70
2. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 1:08.92
3. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 1:10.85
4. Chloe Dubuisson, Canton – 1:10.97
5. Kay Wheelock, Milford – 1:11.60
6. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 1:12.69
7. Maddy Luck, Foxboro – 1:12.86
8. Frankie Smith, Mansfield – 1:13.19

4×100 Relay
1. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Danni Cuzzi, Chloe Guthrie) – 50.92
2. Oliver Ames (Grace Okocha, Julia Maclaine, Aubrey Thibault, Amelia Andre) – 51.75
3. Canton (Diana Tambi, Katherin Oliver, Jayda Proffit, Syriah McCruse) – 51.87
4. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Cara DiDomenico, Olivia Costa, Ella Chandaria) – 52.55
5. Stoughton (Senai Whigham, Bellaya Franck, Gabriele Julien, Shayla Ford) – 52.77
6. Sharon (Callie Weader, Nina Kyei-Aboagye, Maude Kilmer, Olivia Nau) – 53.28
7. Taunton (Renee Leao, Larissa Cardoso, Lia Abouyazbek, Neveah Young) – 54.03
8. North Attleboro (Chidera Agbanari, Haleigh Branconier, Marissa Daley, Julia Smith) – 54.79

4×400 Relay

Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2023

1. Franklin (Gwenyth Holland, Anna Cliff, Kyra McSweeney, Madison Bruno) – 4:15.84
2. Taunton (Phylicia Dias, Ava Uhl, Emersyn DePonte, Caelen O’Leary) – 4:21.21
3. Stoughton (Leah McCarty, Danessa Francois, Katherine Giroux, Julie Richardson) – 4:24.23
4. Canton (Alyssa Wong, Brianna Rosebrugh, Chloe Dubuisson, Lianne Camille) – 4:26.78
5. King Philip (Alex D’Amadio, Ella McManus, Sarah Glaser, Dani Lomuscio) – 4:32.45
6. Mansfield (Rosie McIntyre, Avery Hawthorne, Brooke Penney, Frankie Smith) – 4:40.75
7. North Attleboro (Haley Carr, Peighton Gagne, Julia Smith, Rylie Souza) – 4:44.91
8. Oliver Ames (Bridget Hughes, Annie Reilly, Iole Apostoli, Braelyn Graham) – 4:45.74

4×800 Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Jenna Gilman, Hannah Dupill, Molly Capece, Katie Sobieraj) – 10:06.86
2. Franklin (Meghan Griffith, Allison Powderly, Alex Alvarado, Lainey Costa) – 10:37.09
3. Sharon (Eva Olszewski, Sara Lessard, Sierra Robison, Amaya Zibrak) – 10:51.73
4. North Attleboro (Ellie Fournier, Katie Galgoczy, Julia Simpson, Harper Sweeney) – 11:01.34
5. Mansfield (Taylor Palinski, Anna Moore, Gwynne Pare, Norah Puleo) – 11:03.11
6. Foxboro (Casey Dahl, Brooke Davies, Áine Fitzpatrick, Mable Linck) – 11:07.77
7. Stoughton (Rivanah Lauradin, Elaine McCarty, Briana Lozano, Lilly Branco) – 11:17.19
8. King Philip (Katelyn Buban, Leah Burke, Cheyanne Kelley, Ella Lussier) – 11:37.16

Shot Put
1. Simarah McPherson, Stoughton – 36-01.00
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 33-07.75
3. Lily Deforge, Franklin – 33-05.00
4. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 31-11.00
5. Emma Massih, Canton – 31-03.50
6. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 31-01.50
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 31-00.50
8. Kara Santos, Mansfield – 30-11.50

1. Lily Deforge, Franklin – 111-10
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 102-03
3. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 95-04
4. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 95-04
5. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 94-08
6. Sophia Olaniyan, Taunton – 88-08
7. Emma Massih, Canton – 88-01
8. Marissa King, North Attleboro – 87-08

1. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 125-04
2. Evalysse Pierce, Milford – 115-11
3. Maya Ashu, Stoughton, 109-03
4. Luran Slotnick, Canton – 97-06
5. Ellie Weidman, Franklin – 97-00
6. Avery Hawthorne, Mansfield – 95-06
7. Dakota Costa, Taunton – 93-01
8. Brooke Navarro, Taunton – 92-02

High Jump
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 5-02.00
2. Elyssa Buchanan, Mansfield – 4-10.00
3. Sydney O’Connor, North Attleboro – 4-10.00
T4. Belleya Franck, Stoughton – 4-08.00
T4. Gabriele Julien, Stoughton – 4-08.00
T4. Megan Ladd, North Attleborough – 4-08.00
7. Chloe Davies, Foxboro – 4-08.00
T8. Sarah Christo, North Attleboro – 4-06.00
T8. Kiley Osborne, Foxboro – 4-06.00

Long Jump
1. Alex D’Amadio, King Philip – 18-00.75
2. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 17-05.75
3. Frankie Spagna, Mansfield – 16-09.00
4. Amelia Andre, Oliver Ames – 16-08.75
5. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 16-07.25
6. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 16-00.75
7. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 16-00.50
8. Olivia Costa, Franklin – 15-11.00

Triple Jump
1. Frankie Spagna, Mansfield – 37-03.50
2. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 35-06.00
3. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 34-05.50
4. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 33-11.50
5. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 33-04.00
6. Aubrey Thibault, Oliver Ames – 32-07.00
7. Olivia Costa, Franklin – 32-04.50
8. Elsie Roberts, Mansfield – 32-02.00

Click here for a photo gallery from the girls track championships.

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King Philip Cashes In With Small Ball Against North Attleboro

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King Philip senior Libby Walsh (left) celebrates with classmate Charlotte Raymond after scoring in the eighth inning. (Ryan Lanigan/
 NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The King Philip softball team entered Thursday’s showdown with division rival North Attleboro as one of the best offensive teams in the state, but Rocketeer senior pitcher Kelly Colleran stifled the Warriors for seven innings.

Good defense and a strong outing from King Philip freshman pitcher McCoy Walsh (13 strikeouts) kept the hosts off the board too, and after seven innings the teams were deadlocked in a scoreless game that had just one hit — an infield single from North’s Maryellen Charette.

That’s when KP head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau elected to switch up their offensive strategy. The Warriors bunted in five straight at-bats and capitalized on some head’s up base running to score three times to take the first lead of the game.

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“We hit so many foul balls just straight back so we were just missing, and our bats have been really hot so we wanted to give them a chance at swinging,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We got into that eighth inning and I knew we needed to try something different. Sarah [Cullen] put down that beautiful bunt and beat it out, and we were off from there. We have speed and the personnel to do it, and we were able to take advantage of a couple of pitches to advance and from there it was bunt and steal because it was working.”

After few theatrics throughout the first seven innings, the eighth inning provided even more drama in the bottom half. Colleran led off with a triple and sophomore Arianna McDavitt and freshman Molly Willey drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. Walsh came through with consecutive strikeouts — one looking, one swinging — and then got a fly ball to Cullen in center to leave them loaded and close out the win.

“We always seem to make things interesting at the end,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We had two conferences, one with me and one with Maddie [Paschke], just to try and refocus her. We just needed her to pitch the game she had been pitching all game long. She’s just a freshman so this was her first big game being in a moment like that. She did a great job today and closing it out.”

North had two hits in the game and also had eight walks but couldn’t get a run across against the Warriors.

“The hard part in the eighth, we had the bases loaded but because we were chasing three runs, there’s only so much you can do,” said North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace. “I give McCoy a lot of credit, she battled in that eighth inning. I’m thrilled with where we are as a team to be honest. Our younger kids are coming along, and everyone is pulling for one another, and this was a good game to showcase it. I think they are a little ticked off, which is a good thing, but they aren’t down.”

Senior Sarah Cullen dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line and raced down the line for KP’s first hit of the game; before North could get back in position, Cullen sprinted to second to get into scoring position. Freshman Ali Gill also bunted on the first pitch and a throwing error allowed Cullen to scamper home and Gill to take second.

A wild pitch allowed Gill to advance to third and KP’s bunt trend continued as senior Libby Walsh laid one down the first base line and Gill slid into home before the throw. Walsh stole second, took third on a passed ball, and came flying home when sophomore Liv Petrillo pushed a bunt past the charging infield to make it 3-0. A stolen base and a sac bunt from Charlotte Raymond put Petrillo at third but Colleran (15 strikeouts) got a pop-up to second to strand the runner there.

Before the extra inning excitement, the potential play of the game came in the sixth inning. Colleran led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt from McDavitt. A walk to Willey preceded the first hit of the game off the bat of Charette, a dribbler to third, and North had the bases loaded with one out. Walsh got a grounder to second that Petrillo fielded cleanly and fired home, getting the force out. Junior catcher Maddie Paschke didn’t hesitate and quickly gunned one to first to get the double play.

“We practice defense as much as we practice hitting, and as much situational stuff that we can,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We’re trying to figure out what we want to do before we actually get into them. We wanted to get that run at the plate and with Maddie’s arm, we knew she was going to make that play at first. I was not surprised she was ready for that moment.”

Both Colleran and Walsh handled business throughout the early innings. Colleran got four strikeouts in the first inning (the third batter reached after a dropped third strike), and had 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth, striking out a pair in each. Walsh worked around a leadoff error in the first and then struck out the side in the second.

KP’s Taylor Regan was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and moved to second on a sacrifice from Ava Lanza, but Colleran got two straight outs to strand the runner there. A two-out walk got a runner on for North in the bottom half but Paschke threw the runner out trying to steal second to end the inning.

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The Warriors threatened in the sixth when Cullen and Gill had consecutive one-out walks but a nice play at third from Willey got the force for the second and then an infield pop-up ended the inning.

“Molly at third base had a great game, and there was nothing she could do on that last bunt,” Wallace said. “That’s where the KP poise comes in, they can push a bunt down the first down line, they push a bunt past the charging infield. I give KP credit and I’m really happy with how our team battled.”

King Philip (7-0 Hockomock, 10-0 overall) returns home on Tuesday to host Canton. North Attleboro (5-2, 6-3) will host Foxboro on the same day.