Franklin's Season Ends On Heartbreaking Walk-Off 


Franklin senior Sabrina LoMonaco delivers a pitch against Norwood on Thursday afternoon. (Ryan Lanigan/
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
NORWOOD, Mass. – Things were looking up for Franklin, who took its second one-run lead – a 2-1 lead over Norwood – of the game in the top of the seventh and got the first out in the bottom half on the first batter.
But a single from the #9 hitter Emily Bonoccorso turned into a runner in scoring position after a wild pitch and a single put runners on the second and third with just one out. A ground out to short brought the tying run home to make it 2-2 with the throw allowing the runner to third.
After an intentional walk to Norwood’s top hitter Erin Graczynski, the first pitch of the next at bat squeeze through to the back stop, bringing Siobhan Reen home for the walk-off win.
“We fought,” Franklin head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau said. “It was a dogfight per usual but we just didn’t have it in the end.”
Franklin got on the board in the second inning and held a 1-0 lead until the fifth inning. With one out, Alicia Donovan beat out the throw for an infield single. Christine Harvey followed it up by reaching via an infield error. Alyssa DeSilva grounded to first base where first baseman Taylor Reed elected to step on the bag first. As Reed tried to fire to second, the ball his Harvey and went away from the fielder, allowing Donovan to scamper home from third.
Norwood nearly got on the board in the bottom half of the second and again in the fourth. In the bottom half of the second, pitcher Katie O’Donnell led off with a single and advanced to third on a bunt from Reed. With a runner on third and just one out, Franklin pitcher Sabrina LoMonaco locked in and induced a pop up to second and then a groundout to herself.
In the fourth inning, the Mustangs once again got to third, this time with one out. But once again LoMonaco induced a pop up to second and then a ground out to second.
But just an inning later, Norwood finally got on the scoreboard. A walk followed by an error and an infield hit loaded the bases with one out. A hit into left was caught by a charging Julia Arms but it was deep enough for Norwood to bring the tying run in on the sacrifice.
In the top of the seventh, LoMonaco hit a one-out single through the right side of the infield and got to second on a throwing error. Maddie Bressler came in as the courtesy runner and advanced to third when Donovan reached on an error up the middle. Christine Harvey then connected for her first hit of the game to bring Bressler home to go up 2-1.
“We got out a couple of early jams but we just couldn’t get it done unfortunately,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We fought back and got another run to go ahead and then got the first out in the seventh. One thing led to another unfortunately.”
Though only striking out once, Franklin managed just three hits.
“I don’t know, we just couldn’t hit her,” Fallon-Comeau said. “We didn’t really make any solid contact off her. The ball wasn’t coming off our bats lively.”
Franklin concludes the season at 14-10.
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