Below are the official 2022 Hockomock League Softball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Kelly Colleran, North Attleboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Lauren Ebby, Attleboro
Lily Routhier, Attleboro
Lindsey Perry, Attleboro
Peyton Feldman, Foxboro
Vittoria Cuscia, Foxboro
Hailey Fales, Franklin
Jordan Bennett, King Philip
Ava Kelly, King Philip
Meg Sherwood, King Philip
Charlotte Raymond, King Philip
Taylor Regan, King Philip
Callie Lake, Mansfield
Kelly Colleran, North Attleboro
Mandi Hanewich, North Attleboro
Zoey McDonough, North Attleboro
Maddie Homer, Oliver Ames
Katie Melendy, Oliver Ames
Sydney Menz, Stoughton
Alyssa Edwards, Stoughton
Kaysie DeMoura, Taunton
Liv Mendonca, Taunton
Hayley Krockta, Taunton
Angie Lynch, Taunton
Sarah Maher, Attleboro
Jessica Wright, Canton
Emma Callahan, Foxboro
Aislinn Lavery, Franklin
Emma Sheehan, King Philip
Olivia Detrolio, Mansfield
Cae Pellegrini, Milford
Ally Levine, North Attleboro
Caitlin Miller, Oliver Ames
Savannah Gray, Sharon
Kerry Driscoll, Stoughton
Ava Venturelli, Taunton
By HockomockSports.com Staff
Taunton junior Kaysie DeMoura has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 13 through June 19. DeMoura is the 34th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the 10th of the spring season.
DeMoura stepped into a bigger role this season, as the starting catcher for the Tigers, and helped Taunton retain its Div. 1 state title. With a home run in the Elite Eight, two homers in the state semifinal, and an RBI in the final against Peabody, DeMoura provided the offensive punch for the Tigers during their postseason run, while also handling her duties behind the plate. It was Taunton’s second straight state title, third in the past four seasons, and seventh since 1997.
In the quarterfinal round against Central Catholic, DeMoura smacked a solo homer to get the scoring started in a 6-2 win. In the semifinal at Worcester State’s Rockwood Field, DeMoura came through again with a pair of homers and three RBI. She put the Tigers in front in the first with a towering fly ball to left that kept carrying all the way to the fence, clipping the top of the wall on its way over to make it 2-1. After Methuen got back within one at 3-2, DeMoura answered by crushing a solo shot to left for what turned out to be the game-winning run. Against Peabody in the final, DeMoura, who was DP on last year’s title-winning team, got the Tigers off and running with a sac fly in the third.
The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.
WORCESTER, Mass. – When Taunton won the 2021 state title, three star players understandably took most of the headlines. As the Tigers moved forward without its three senior stars, expectations dimmed for this spring. They went from being a favorite to win a championship to one of a pack of teams that could have a shot at making a run.
People underestimated the players that were ready to step into bigger roles this year and keep one of the state’s top programs rolling along. Now this new group of stars has the Tigers right back on the biggest stage.
Junior catcher Kaysie DeMoura blasted a pair of home runs and drove in three and freshman Cate Larson came out of the pen to throw 3-2/3 innings of relief, helping Taunton to a 6-3 win over Methuen in Wednesday night’s semifinal at Worcester State’s Rockwood Field.
“Kaysie was due,” said Taunton coach Carrie Consalvi. “We went to work the last couple of days, we had a game plan, and I think what you saw is them come out and execute our game plan. They were prepared for them.
Consalvi is in her second year as coach and now heading to her second title game, but she admitted things felt a little different than last year. She explained, “We started a year where I think nobody believed we’d be here. I’ve just been telling these guys all along, just keep working, it takes a whole team, you can’t just ride one person to the show. They come out here every day and give everything they’ve got.”
Things didn’t look good for the Tigers in the top of the first. Kiele Coleman lined a one-out double to left center and back-to-back walks from starter Liv Mendonca loaded the bases. The Rangers had already beaten two Hockomock League opponents, Attleboro and King Philip, to reach the semifinal and seemed confident that they could take down a third.
After Mendonca caught Jenny Grelle looking for her first strikeout, Ariana Baez ripped a single through the hole into left. Ava Venturelli charged it and came up firing, tossing a perfect strike to DeMoura at home and getting the second runner by a couple feet.
It was a momentum boost to only be down 1-0 and the Tigers wasted no time erasing that deficit.
“All year our thing is, we know what we are, we know people are going to put runs up against us, our job is to score more and that’s what we’ve been trying to do all along,” said Consalvi. “They get hot and they’ll streak a whole bunch together and it’s worked for us.”
Kyleah Plumb got things started by just beating out a bunt single. Two batters later, DeMoura stepped up and hit a towering fly ball that at first seemed to be in play for the outfield but kept carrying, eventually hitting the top of the wall on its way out. With one swing, Taunton led 2-1. Venturelli followed by smashing a double to left center. Eighth grader Victoria Corrao pinch ran, advancing to third on a single by Hayley Krockta and then coming home on a wild pitch.
Freshman Brooke Aldrich, whose sister Hannah was one of the aforementioned big three from last year’s title-winning team, started the third by flashing some leather at short. She charged one ball and made a nice throw on the run and then she backpedaled quickly to snare a line drive.
With two down, Makenna Donovan tripled to the wall in right. Venturelli nearly ended the inning as she charged a sinking liner from Grelle, but when she went into a slide she wasn’t able to hold onto the shoestring catch and Donovan came home to make it 3-2.
Again, Taunton answered right back. DeMoura led things off with the perfect response, a lined shot over the left field wall. This one was a no-doubter and put the Tigers back up two.
“I wasn’t thinking, surprisingly,” DeMoura said with a laugh. “I just have to go up there and not think because my body just moves to the ball rather than me over-thinking it.” When asked about her swing, she replied, “It’s more of a swing for me to hit line drives and sometimes it works for more than that.”
With one out, Krockta sent Methuen’s left fielder back to the wall and she wasn’t able to make the grab, putting the Taunton first baseman on second. Aldrich followed with a double off the wall in straightaway center and Mendonca helped her own cause by hooking a triple down the right field line. Although Mendonca was thrown out trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park homer (nearly avoiding the tag with an acrobatic slide at the plate), Taunton led 6-2.
Methuen came back and got another run in the fourth. A one-out error started the rally and Colleen McNamara followed with a single. A walk loaded the bases and Consalvi turned to Larson. The freshman induced a grounder to short, which Aldrich came home with to get the lead runner. DeMoura tried to be aggressive and turn two at third base, but the throw got away and McKenna came home with the third run.
That would be all that Methuen would get. Larson was excellent in relief, providing a stark contrast to the style of Mendonca and keeping the Rangers off-balance. She gave up a leadoff single in the fifth but it was the only hit she allowed in 3-2/3 innings of work.
“Liv and Cate are like complete opposite style pitchers and they both needed each other this year,” said Consalvi. “When they start to creep in on one then the other is right there for them. They’re right there just picking each other up.”
Taunton wasn’t able to tack on any more runs, despite putting two on in the sixth, but it didn’t matter. The Tigers had done what they needed to do and although the style might be very different from last year’s team, the result has been the same, another trip to “the show.”
“Last year I was the DH, so I only hit,” DeMoura said, “so, it definitely feels better on my part to do absolutely everything. It feels very good to be going back. We want to bring it home. It will mean a lot this year.”
Taunton (20-4) will face No. 9 seed Peabody, which upset last year’s finalist Wachusett in the semifinal. The title game will be played at 5:30 on Friday night at Sortino Field at UMass Amherst.
The sixth-seeded Rocketeers blanked #3 Walpole, 3-0, on the campus of Bird Middle School, securing their spot in the Division 2 Final Four for the first time in program history. North previously reached this point back in 2014 when the state was formatted by sections, then in the Division 1 South Final.
Now in a statewide format, North is just one of four teams left in the state in Division 2 after junior Kelly Colleran tossed a shutout with 12 strikeouts, Mandi Hanewich clubbed four hits and scored two runs, and the Rocketeers handed the Timberwolves just their third loss of the season.
“I’m so happy for them, it’s so awesome,” said longtime North Attleboro head coach Bill Wallace, who has been at the helm for 21 seasons over two stints. “They’ve done a great job, they’ve bought in, and it’s really fun. I need Lewis and Clark, I’ve never been this far.
“It’s been such a fun ride because I don’t think in our heart of hearts going into this season and even during the middle of the season, we were wondering if we could win three games in the tournament? But as the season has progressed, they believe they can beat anyone and that’s awesome. That’s all you want.”
The last time the program reached this point in the tournament, they fell behind in the first inning. This time, the Rocketeers got off to a great start with two runs in the top of the first inning, putting the pressure on the hosts.
Hanewich smacked a leadoff single and took second after a bunt from Ally Levine was misplayed in the infield. A wild pitch pushed both runners ahead and Hanewich came home to score as Levine beat the throw to third on an infield grounder from Zoey McDonough for a 1-0 lead just four at-bats into the game.
“That was huge,” Wallace said. “I will tell you…if Mandi Hanewich is not the best leadoff batter in the state, she’s gotta be in the top three. She just gets on and the best thing about her, she did a lot of that with two strikes. She takes that monster cut on the first pitch and then next thing you know, she’s driving it out, and she’s so fast out of the box.”
That set the stage for senior Shaelyn Burns, who took the first pitch she saw into right field for an RBI single and a quick 2-0 lead.
“Our team was super excited on the bench, I could definitely feel our confidence [rise],” Hanewich said. “We were all riled up and we were so excited all week getting ready for today. We just wanted to get on them early and we did. We’ve never done this in program history so this is awesome. It just means a lot for me because it’s my senior year, and I’m super excited.
Colleran allowed a one-out single to Walpole’s Susie McAdams but quickly got two outs, including her first strikeout, to escape without any further harm. And that’s just about how each of the next five innings went as well.
After a leadoff walk in the second and a sac bunt put a runner in scoring position, Colleran got another strikeout and then Burns made a terrific diving play at third on a bunt attempt for the third out. The junior right-handed pitcher struck out the six in the third, and retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, getting a pair of strikeouts in each of the latter two.
“I’ve said this all along…when you have two kids that can back-to-back and keep pounding the strike zone, throw 12, 14, 16 strikeouts a game…it’s really hard to scout for, it’s really hard to defend,” Wallace said of Colleran and McDonough, who started in North’s win earlier this week. “I’m sure they knew Kelly was going to pitch today, but having the second option can create doubt.”
Walpole freshman pitcher Sharlotte Stazinski settled down after the first, working around a two-out bunt from Hanewich in the second, and getting the Rocketeers in order in back-to-back innings in the third and fourth.
North’s offense once again got a big spark from Hanewich, who orchestrated the insurance run with a one-out single in the top of the fifth. An error moved both runners forward and an infield single from Colleran loaded the bases for the Big Red.
McDonough got under one and sent it deep enough to the outfield to allow the speedy Hanewich to race home to make it 3-0.
Hanewich also had a one-out double in the top of the seventh but was stranded at third.
Walpole finally snapped Colleran’s streak at 15 batters in a row retired as Catie Powderly gave the hosts some life with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, the Timberwolves’ first hit since the first inning. To add to the drama, Norah Broderick followed with another single before Colleran got back-to-back strikeouts. An infield error loaded the bases and brought the winning run to the plate but Colleran induced a grounder to second where Maddie Bailey was able to knock it down, collect the ball, and fire to first for the final out.
“I knew the heart of the order was coming up but I knew if I just trusted what I had been doing all season I could get it done,” Colleran said. “And Maddie made a great play for us sticking with it.”
North Attleboro softball (17-6) will play the winner of #2 Tewksbury and #9 Somerset Berkley in the D2 Semifinals on a date and time to be announced, with a location to be determined. Tewksbury and S-B are set to play on Saturday night at 7:00.
Below are the softball seeds and matchups for schools from the Hockomock in the MIAA playoffs. Seeds, times, and dates are subject to change and we will update this post with any changes.
#2 King Philip (20-2) will host the winner of #31 Lynn Classical (14-6)/#34 Medford (14-4) on Monday, June 6 at 5:00.
#3 Taunton (16-4) will host the winner of #30 Newton South (9-11)/#35 Brockton (9-9) on Monday, June 6 at 7:00.
#10 Attleboro (14-6) will host #23 Chelmsford (8-12) on Sunday, June 5 at 11:00AM.
#17 Franklin (11-9) will travel to #16 Newton North (14-6) on Saturday, June 4 at 3:00.
#6 North Attleboro (14-6) will host the winner of #27 Ludlow (15-5)/#38 Amherst-Pelham (14-4) on Sunday, June 5 at 12:00.
#14 Mansfield (9-11) will host #19 Leominster (7-11) on Monday, June 6 at 4:30.
#16 Stoughton (11-9) will host #17 Wakefield (14-6) on Monday, June 6 at 4:00.
#23 Oliver Ames (7-13) will travel to #10 Agawam (16-4) on Monday, June 6 at 4:30.
#9 Foxboro (11-9) will host the winner of #24 Diman (14-6)/#41 Cristo Rey (8-5) on Monday, June 6 at 4:00.
On Monday night, the Warriors stayed extra late to get the job done against Taunton.
Junior Sarah Cullen clubbed a two-out single up the middle on a full count in the top of the seventh to bring in the tying run to keep the Warriors alive, and King Philip went on to score two runs in the top of the 10th inning to emerge with a key 4-2 win on the road over the Tigers.
With the score knotted at 2-2 since Cullen’s hit in the top of the seventh, King Philip finally broke the deadlock in the 10th inning. Sophomore Ava Kelley led off with a double to the gap in left center and junior Ava Lanza followed with a double to left field to bring in the go-ahead run. Kelley fouled off a bunt on the first pitch but then took a slap approach, finally getting one to fall in fair territory after fouling three consecutive pitches off.
“The plan was if she didn’t get it down on the first one then to take advantage of whatever the defense was giving,” Fallon-Comeau said. “She saw the third baseman was in so she went with the slap and she found a hole to left to bring [Kelley] in.”
Meg Sherwood smacked one to right center that dropped, allowing Lanza to come home to double the lead.
Sophomore Jordan Bennett tossed a complete game for the Warriors and retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, getting her 10th strikeout for the final out.
“I told my assistant Bri [Sebio] before the inning that if we could get to Sarah, we would tie the game,” said KP head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau.
Freshman Liv Petrillo (3-for-5) started the rally in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double but KP couldn’t move her any closer after a bunt was popped up and another bid was caught at shortstop.
That set the stage for Cullen, who ended up in the nine-hole after Fallon-Comeau shuffled her lineup heading into the contest. Cullen was without a hit in her first two at-bats but made solid contact both times and Taunton played good defense both times.
“I just had a feeling, she had been hitting it well so far today,” Fallon-Comeau said. “I moved her out of the leadoff because I wanted to take the pressure off of her, it’s a tough spot. She’s been there since the beginning of the year and got into a little slump so just a chance of perspective, change of pitches…we wanted to get her up to bat with someone on base.
“She had been striking it well all day, it was just about finding a hole at some point. She just needed to believe in herself and get it done, and she did. And then she made that spectacular catch in center field too [in the 8th inning].”
King Philip sophomore catcher Maddie Paschke ended a threat in the bottom of the sixth by throwing a runner out trying to steal third. After that, Bennett allowed just one hit — a leadoff single to junior Ava Venturelli in the bottom of the sixth.
Bennett retired the next three batters she faced and went on to retire the side in order in the final four innings.
“She’s always unfazed, no matter what the score is,” Fallon-Comeau said. “She kind of just chipped away in the circle, they were hitting her early on but I felt like somewhere in the middle of the game she settled down. She was focused and lasered in and really started to hit her spots. I thought she did a great job.”
Taunton jumped ahead right out of the gate. Freshman Cate Larson (10 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) worked around a leadoff single from Kelley to strand a runner at second in the top half of the first, and the Tigers’ offense cashed in on its first chance.
Kyleah Plumb reached on an infield error after a bunt and took third on the same throwing error. Kaysie DeMoura followed two at-bats later with a well-hit ball up the middle for an RBI and an early 1-0 lead.
Larson retired the Warriors in order in both the second and third innings and Taunton took advantage once again after Plumb reached from the leadoff spot. This time it was a single, a sac bunt from Brooke Aldrich, an infield error, and a double steal that brought Plumb home to make it 2-0.
KP cut the deficit in half the next half inning as Taylor Regan reached on a fielder’s choice, took second on a single from Charlotte Raymond, and came around to score on a single up the middle from Petrillo.
“Any time we get to play them, we love it and it’s always a great game,” said Taunton head coach Carrie Consalvi. “We were missing some key players tonight so I’m proud of them for hanging around with [KP] and playing 10 innings with them. [Larson] has maybe pitched a max of four innings in one game this year so for her to go 10 innings was impressive.
“But you can’t expect to score one or two runs and expect to beat KP. They are scrappy and they just keep plugging along. It was the first game in a while our offense went quiet but we’ll look to bounce back.”
Taunton (10-2 Hockomock, 11-2 overall) is back in action under the lights on Wednesday against Franklin. King Philip softball (11-0, 13-2) has the inside track to the Kelley-Rex division title but Fallon-Comeau said the focus remains solely on their next opponent, Mansfield.
“We still have a lot of games left so we didn’t talk about the division,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We have to just keep playing hard, this isn’t it. We still have a lot of Hock games left against good teams so we still have a lot of work to do.”