Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 06/04/16

Today’s playoff games are listed below.

Baseball
D2 South
#4 Stoughton, 2 vs. #13 Hopkinton, 1 – Final

Softball
D1 South
#2 Taunton, 4 vs. #18 Somerset Berkley, 1 – Final – Taunton bounced back from allowing a run in the first inning, plating four unanswered runs to get the win. Jordan Wade and Aimee Kistner each had a pair of hits, including a double apiece, and an RBI. Kya Enos and Katie Van Zandt each went 2-3 with a double and a run scored and Amber Wainwright hit a solo home run. Kistner got in the win, tossing a complete game by scattering four hits and striking out four.

#7 King Philip, 5 vs. #10 Norwood, 0 – Final

#8 Milford, 9 vs. #24 New Bedford, 2 – Final – Maddy Bonvino (2-3) and Jess Tomaso (1-3) each knocked in a pair of runs as Milford’s offense continued to roll. Kate Irwin went 3-3 with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases and Emily Piergustavo was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Ali Atherton tossed six innings, striking out five while scattering three hits and one earned run.

Girls Lacrosse
D1 East
#10 King Philip, 5 @ #2 Lincoln-Sudbury, 20 – Final

Boys Tennis
D1 South
#10 King Philip, 4 @ #7 Dartmouth, 1 – Final

Girls Tennis
D1 South
#14 Taunton, 2 @ #3 North Attleboro, 3 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson battled through an epic three set match at first doubles, overcoming a first set loss to get a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win to give the Rocketeers the edge. In a match that took nearly four hours, Kapadia and Chiasson dropped the first set to Taunton’s Ashleigh Eason and Emily Moor before battling back in a tremendous match. Jordan Willis won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Allie Grinavic won 6-1, 6-0 at third singles to complete the win for North. Taunton’s Olivia Sweeney won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles and the team of Jillian Pagliuca and Caroline Hebert won 6-4, 6-1 at second doubles.

#18 Franklin, 1 @ #2 Sharon, 4 – Final – Sharon won second and third singles as well as second doubles in straight sets without dropping a game to advance in the tournament. Nupur Shulka won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Emily Wen won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. The team of Katie Merport and Rithica Neti won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Pooja Puttigampala and Michal Kondratiev won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won 7-5, 6-2 at first singles.

Sunday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/29/16

Today’s game is listed below.

Softball
Taunton, 12 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 0 – Final (12 inn.) – Amber Wainwright knocked in three runs and Sarah Bagge brought in a pair as Taunton claimed the City Championship. Wainwright was 3-4 with a double to go along with her three RBI while Bagge was a perfect 4-4 with a double. Bailey Clapp went 2-2 at the plate and had an RBI. Aimee Kistner got her 15th win of the season, striking out nine and allowing three hits in five innings of work.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/20/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Attleboro, 13 @ Dartmouth, 7 – Final – Sophomore Dakota Kirby knocked in a team-high four runs on three hits to lead the Bombardiers. Nate Tellier went 2-3 with a pair of RBI, pair of runs and pair of stolen bases while Robbie Araujo went 3-5 with an RBI.

Canton, 7 vs. Cohasset, 0 – Final – Canton senior Kevin Powers allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout effort, striking out six on 73 pitches for the win. Jim Jenkins was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a double, Matt Casamento went 2-2 with a stolen base and two runs scored and Jimmy Hamrock scored a run.

Franklin, 6 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.

Sharon, 5 @ King Philip, 3 – FinalThe Eagles scored three runs in the third and added two more in the fifth to build the lead. Sharon freshman left handed pitcher Noah Kamens made his varsity debut, tossing 5.2 innings for his first career win. Jordan Chabot went 2-4 with a double and a triple and knocked in three runs for Sharon.

Stoughton, 1 @ Brockton, 0 – Final – Stoughton’s Justin Hutchinson tossed a one-hit complete game shutout, striking out five to lead the Black Knights to a win at Campanelli Stadium. Stoughton’s lone run came in the top of the second when Ryan Sullivan reached on a fielder’s choice. Joe Piana’s two out RBI single plated Sullivan for the lone run of the game.

Softball
Attleboro vs. Dartmouth, 4:00

Franklin, 3 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final – After Bridgewater-Raynham opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a run, Franklin replied right away in the bottom half. Allie Shea led off with a single and Clara DeCarlvalho reached on an error. Alexx Niss then smashed a three run home run over the fence in centerfield. Caroline D’Aprile struck out five to get the win for Franklin. DeCarvalho also threw out two runners trying to steal with freshman Tara Hartnett applying the tags.

Mansfield, 3 @ Milford, 8 – Final – Maggie Farrell launched a three run home run to center field in the fifth inning, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead and the Scarlet Hawks never looked back. Farrell went 2-4 with four RBI, also having a triple. Kate Irwin went 3-4 with a double, Jess Tomaso was 1-3 with a double, Megan Jacques went 1-2 with an RBI, a double and a walk and Emily Piergustavo went 2-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Ali Atherton struck out a career-high 14 batters, allowing just one earned run. Mansfield’s Maddie Letendre struck out five while allowing 10 hits.

Stoughton, 2 @ North Attleboro, 13 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Weymouth, 3 – Final – OA’s Victoria Ziner was 2-3 with a double and a solo home run, Katie Pursley was 2-3 with a double, Jordyn Leite was 1-1 with a nice shot to center, and Dalene Gomes knocked in Sarah Tetrault on a suicide squeeze in the 7th. Kayla Georgeu pitched six innings for the Tigers striking out 5 and allowing only one earned run.

Sharon, 2 vs. Milton, 10 – Final – Senior catcher Rachel Usen went 3-for-4 (a double and two singles) with an RBI for the Eagles in the loss. Freshman Jody Goldenberg had an RBI double and sophomore Sam Marglous added a double and a run scored for Sharon.

Taunton, 24 @ Durfee, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – Jordan Wade hit a pair of home runs, knocking in four runs to lead Taunton’s offensive outburst. Courtney Fisher improved to 6-0 in the circle, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Amber Wainwright had three hits, including a triple and two RBI, Bailey Clapp had three hits and two RBI, Sarah Bagge reached base five times, with two hits and five RBI and Aimee Kistner had two hits and an RBI.

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro vs. Dartmouth, 4:00
North Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:30
Sharon @ Taunton, 3:45

Girls Lacrosse
Foxboro, 14 @ Braintree, 2 – Final
North Attleboro @ Bishop Feehan, 7:00
Taunton, 3 @ Sharon, 16 – Final

Boys Tennis
King Philip, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – King Philip put on a dominant performance on the road. Cole Ginter won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Garrett Schneider won 6-2, 6-0 at second singles and Blake Ginter won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. Ryan Colella and Ryan Gemelli won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles and Justin Rohan and Marco DiStefano won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.

Taunton, 2 vs. Durfee, 3 – Final

Girls Tennis
Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final
Taunton, 5 @ Durfee, 0 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – The teams split the first two games but Taunton followed up with two straight wins to get the victory with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19 decision. David Perry stepped up on senior night for Taunton with 12 kills and 14 digs. Lance law added 18 kills, an ace and 14 digs and Lens Esquil had 12 kills and a block.

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 05/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Baseball
Taunton, 8 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Senior Charles Hearrold III had another strong outing for the Tigers, allowing just one earned in in five innings of work, scattering four hits with six strikeouts. The Tigers’ offense was led by Matt Machado (two hits, three runs), Kevin Griffin (two hits, RBI) and Luke Figueira (two hits, two RBI, run).

King Philip, 8 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Jake Lannigan shined on the mound for the Warriors, scattering three hits without surrendering an earned run in a complete game effort. Lannigan struck out six to earn the win. Offensively, Will Weir drove in three runs, Stephen Murray connected for a two-run home run and Jon Rolfe also knocked in a pair of runs. Kyle Guenthner picked up two of King Philip’s nine hits on the day.

Franklin, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Doug Seaman broke a scoreless game open in the fourth inning by hitting a single, advancing to second on an error, stealing third and coming home on a hit from junior Jack Connelly (2-3). Seaman (2-3) produced the next two runs for the Black Knights with a two RBI single in the next inning to cap the scoring. For the second straight start, Justin Hutchinson was on point, throwing a complete game with just two hits allowed, striking out eight for the win. Franklin sophomore Jason Ulrickson was strong in his first varsity start, throwing six innings and giving up just four hits, two earned runs and struck out four. Junior Ryan Hodgkins went 2-3 at the plate for the Panthers.

Mansfield, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Click here for a full recap.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 1 – Final – It was a classic pitcher’s duel between Milford’s Alex Macek and North Attleboro’s John O’Donnell. In just his second start of the season, Macek was efficient with a complete game, 83 pitch shutout effort. Macek fanned seven batters, allowing four hits. O’Donnell was equally as good for the Rocketeers, striking out six while allowing just five hits. The difference came in the third inning when Milford sophomore Aidan Wilde smacked an RBI triple to score freshman Alex Coady, who reached on a one-out single.

Softball
Canton, 0 @ Taunton, 14 – Final (5 inn.) – Courtney Fisher picked up her fourth win of the season, retiring the final 14 batters in order after allowing just one hit with no walks. With the win, the Tigers qualified for the the state tournament. Offensively, Sarah Bagge went 2-2 with an RBI, Jordan Wade was 2-4 with an RBI, a double and three runs scored, Jaime Brown went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Amber Wainwright drove in three runs and had a double and Hailey Medeiros went 1-1 with an RBI for the Tigers.

Foxboro, 0 @ King Philip, 12 – Final (6 inn.) – The Warriors of King Philip recorded 15 hits as a team in a big win. Ashley Hession had a big day at the plate with three hits, including a double and a triple, and knocked in four runs. Brianna Lacy added three hits with a double and three RBI and Jenn Hutnyan had a pair of hits for the Warriors. Hutnyan combined with Kali Magane for a three hit shutout in the circle. Magane struck out 10 in four innings of work.

Stoughton, 1 @ Franklin, 8 – Final – Franklin head coach Kate Fallon-Comeau praised the effort of senior pitcher Caroline D’Aprile, who tossed a complete game with nine strikeouts and five hits allowed. Offensively, Clara DeCarvalho was 1-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI double, Alexx Niss was 2/4 at the plate, Olivia DiGiacomo had a two RBI double and Kerry Blaney scored a pair of runs for the Panthers.

Sharon, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final – Mansfield pitcher Maddie Letendre only surrendered three hits to the Eagles, striking out 12 to earn the win. Offensively, the Hornets notched nine hits with three players getting a pair each. Maddie Letendre helped her cause by going 2-3 with an RBI, Jocelyn Reardon was also 2-3 with an RBI and Bri Homer had a pair of hits. Rachel Carafa drove in a pair of runs and had a hit, Megan Letendre had one RBI and one hit and Liz Mackin also had a hit for the Hornets.

Milford, 3 @ North Attleboro, 6 – Final – Amelia Murphy got the win in the circle after seven innings of work and helped her cause at the plate, belting a three run home run as the Rocketeers handed Milford its first league loss of the season. Mycala Moody went 2-3 for North Attleboro, scoring a pair of runs while Liz Morehouse reached base three runs with one hit and two walks.

Boys Lacrosse
Canton, 5 @ Medway, 12 – Final

Mansfield, 15 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Senior Josh Schafer scored his first two goals of the season and classmate Preet Patel netted his first career goal to pace Mansfield. Sam O’Connell scored a hat trick and Billy Grant scored twice and had three assists. Jon Reed, Cullen Murphy, Jarrett Saunders, Joe Cox, Pat Graham, Sean Powers and Dan Plugis all scored once for Mansfield.

North Attleboro, 7 @ Silver Lake, 1 – Final

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 9 @ Sharon, 10 – Final (OT)

Foxboro, 8 vs. Walpole, 12 – Final

Taunton, 2 @ Mansfield, 18 – Final – Mansfield had nine different players find the back of the net in the win on Friday. Caroline Maher led the charge with five goals while Julia Todesco scored three times and Emily Aarons scored twice. Taunton’s Abbey Kingman and Kayla Phillips eached scored once and Tatum Speicher had an assist.

Boys Tennis
Taunton, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final

King Philip, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Although it was a sweep for King Philip, it was far from a rout. Two matches went to three sets and another was decided in a super tiebreaker. Cole Ginter and Blake Ginter both won 6-1, 6-1 at first and third singles for the Warriors. Garrett Schneider battled back at second singles to score a 1-6, 6-3, 11-9 win. Sam Colella and Ryan Gemelli had to also rally, winning 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) at first doubles while Justin Rohan and Marco DiStefano won 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at second doubles.

Stoughton, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final

Mansfield, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final

North Attleboro, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets to earn the win. Senior Mitchell Dyer won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles, junior Zack Pfeffer won 6-3, 6-3 at second singles and junior Barsomo Nuay won 6-2, 6-1 at third singles. Seniors Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles and senior Jake Fontes and junior Daniel Zhang won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles for the Rocketeers.

Girls Tennis
Canton, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final

Foxboro @ King Philip, 3:30

Franklin @ Stoughton, 3:30

Sharon, 5 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – The Sharon Eagles scored a dominant victory on Friday, not losing a single set against the Hornets. Sophomore Lulu Yuan won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles, freshman Nupur Shulka won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and sophomore Emily Wen won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. Seniors Pooja Puttigampala and Michal Kondratiev won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles and sophomore Katie Merpot and junior Sydney Gordon won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.

Milford, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final

Boys Volleyball
Milford, 3 @ Randolph, 0 – Final
Taunton, 0 vs. Greater New Bedford, 3 – Final

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 04/08/16

Today’s games are listed below. We will update with postponements as we receive them.

Baseball
King Philip vs. North Quincy – Postponed to 5/3 at 3:30
Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD

Softball
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Taunton, 27 – Final (5 inn.) – Kya Enos hit for the cycle, driving in eight runs to lead Taunton. Jordan Wade went 3-3, including a grand slam, finishing with six RBI. Aimee Kistner, Liana Duarte, Jaime Brown and Amber Wainwright all had RBIs for Taunton. 

Sharon, 19 @ Ursuline Academy, 7 – Final – Senior Rachel Usen went 3/5 at the plate, knocking in a pair of runs and freshman Allie Small was 2/4 with an RBI and four runs scored to lead the Eagles. Clara Cooke struck out seven to get the win while hitting a pair of doubles and driving in four runs at the plate. 

Boys Lacrosse
Attleboro, 11 vs. Norton, 4 – Final

Canton, 14 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Senior Ben O’Neill, junior Ryan Lodge and freshman Mike Shaw all scored three goals to lead the Bulldogs. O’Neill and Shaw each had a trio of assists as well and Lodge had two helpers. Junior Shaun Kirby had a pair of goals and three assists. Taunton’s Andrew Wellington scored for the Tigers.

Franklin, 7 @ BC High, 10 – Final

Mansfield, 12 @ Barnstable, 10 – Final – Mansfield trailed 7-4 at halftime but rallied for a 8-3 second half to get the win. Sophomore Hunter Ferreira scored a team-high five goals, three in the second half. Billy Grant scored four goals and had two assists while Danny DeGirolamo, Connor Finerty and Ryan Smith each scored once. Sean Powers made 16 saves in net.

North Attleboro, 7 @ Bishop Feehan, 8 – Final (4OT)

Girls Lacrosse
Attleboro, 13 vs. Norton, 1 – Final
Taunton, 3 @ Canton, 14 – Final
Foxboro, 14 vs. Hopkinton, 7 – Final
Mansfield @ King Philip – Postponed to TBD
North Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan – Postponed to TBD

Boys Tennis
Mansfield, 4 @ Canton, 1 – Final

Franklin, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Juniors Rahul Herur and Eli Brooks each battled through three sets to get wins in singles to lead the Panthers. Herur won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at first singles and Brooks won 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 at second singles. Tom Mancini picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Cam Piana and James Johnston won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and Dan Barrow and Jeremy Gan won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles. 

North Attleboro, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets to get the victory. Mitchell Dyer won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles, Barsomo Nuay won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles and Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Jeff Yao and Jake Fontes won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles and Ben Pfeffer and Daniel Zhang won 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles. 

Taunton @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to TBD

Girls Tennis
Sharon @ Attleboro – Postponed to TBD

Canton @ Mansfield, 3:45

Foxboro, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Foxboro used wins at second and third singles and first doubles to get the win. Sophomore Sophia Prinos won 6-1, 6-2 at second singles and junior Lexi Nelson won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Sophomore Kayla Prag and freshman Julia Muise paired together for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win at first doubles. Franklin’s Hannah Sweeney won a marathon match at first singles, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) and Selina Wu and Sarah Lobo teamed together for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win at second doubles.

Stoughton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro’s three single players all walked away with sweeps, not dropping a single set on Friday. Jordan Willis (first singles), Allie Grinavic (second) and Emily Chiasson (third) all won 6-0, 6-0. Jhanavi Kapadia and Gabby Duva won 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles and Katie Demontigny and Azka Siddiq won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – Final – A pair of wins in singles and a pair of wins in doubles play propelled Taunton. Jordan Pagliuca won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles and Olivia Sweeney won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles. Kelsey Hebert and Ashleigh Eason won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at first doubles and Caroline Hebert and Jillian Pagliuca won 6-3, 6-4 at at second doubles. 

Boys Volleyball
Taunton, 0 @ Greater New Bedford, 3 – Final

Softball: Kelley-Rex Division Preview 2016

The 2015 HockomockSports.com Softball Player of the Year Kali Magane is back in the circle this year for King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
The 2015 HockomockSports.com Softball Player of the Year Kali Magane is back in the circle this year for King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

ATTLEBORO
2015 Record: 7-13
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mark Homer

Attleboro comes into the spring hoping to make a return to the state tournament for the first time since it joined the Hockomock League. Head coach Mark Homer is confident that his team can score runs this year. Senior Sarah Vincent will return as the lead-off hitter and first baseman while classmate and fellow captain Olivia Kass will hit in the two-hole and play shortstop. Catcher Julya Carlson bats third followed by Julia Woyton and Mikayla Harnois, who will see time as the starting pitcher and at third base.

The pitching staff got a boost this year with a pair of newcomers – freshman McKenzie Bergdoll and sophomore transfer Makayla Vasquez – who Homer said will see time in the circle. Inexperience in the outfield remains a question mark for the Bombardiers but Homer sees potential for a big spring.

He said, “Although its been tough getting in the outdoor practices that we need, the team as a whole are very motivated and excited to get the season going. Our goal is to improve from last season and take it one game at a time and continue to work hard all season long.”

FRANKLIN
2015 Record: 14-10
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South first round
Coach: Kate Fallon

For the past few seasons, Franklin has been solidly entrenched as the third best team in the Kelley-Rex division, behind KP and Taunton, and also a team with the potential to make a run in the tournament. This spring, the Panthers will look to sustain that success with a number of new faces.

Senior Maddie Connelly returns as one of the team’s leading hitters and is a strong defensive outfielder. She will be joined by classmate Julia Arms and by Olivia Haba, as the Panthers look to fill the void left by Erin Hanley’s graduation. Seniors Caroline D’Aprile and Emily Sawyer will take over in the circle and try to replace Sabrina LoMonaco. In the infield, Olivia Di Giacomo returns at third base and classmate Alyssa DaSilva is back as well.

While there are question marks coming into the season, Franklin coach Kate Fallon is still expecting a strong year. She said, “We have some holes to plug from last years graduates, but we have a very hungry group!”

KING PHILIP
2015 Record: 20-3
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South semifinal
Coach: Norm Beauchemin

King Philip has long been the team to beat in the Kelley-Rex division and that should continue coming into this spring as well. Led by senior pitcher and defending HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Kali Magane, the Warriors boast a strong lineup and one of the best defensive teams in the league.

Senior Ashley Hession will be back as one of the state’s top shortstops and centerfielder Christa Wagner gives the Warriors one of the fastest players in the state. Senior Caeli Bench and junior Jenn Hutnyan will bring experience as well.

Head coach Norm Beauchemin, now in his fourth year in charge, believes that the team has a roster filled with players that could win a game for the team. “As usual King Phillip is always considered to be one of the top teams in the Hock and this year should be no different,” he said. “Offensively we will have to take advantage of our scoring opportunities and the team does have some power hitters.  It should be a real fun season and I can’t wait for it to start.”

MANSFIELD
2015 Record: 11-9
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South preliminary round
Coach: Lori Letendre

Mansfield can enter a new season with confidence because the Hornets return senior pitcher Maddie Letendre, who is coming off a season in which she struck out 226 hitters and posted an ERA of 1.41 in more than 138 innings. Letendre will also be throwing to a familiar face, as classmate Brianna Homer will return behind the plate.

Outside of that, there will be a lot of new faces for Mansfield with six new starters. Jocelyn Reardon will be back and will play multiple positions this year, as head coach Lori Letendre shuffles a roster that includes a sophomore and four freshmen.

Although the team may be young, Letendre is keeping the expectations high. She explained, “I have a talented group of girls and am very happy with the progress the team has made in the first week of the season. I like our chances for making playoffs this season!”

NORTH ATTLEBORO
2015 Record: 6-14
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Bill Wallace

North Attleboro is coming off a season in which it won six games, a far cry from a South sectional final appearance in 2014, but this could be a rebound year for the Rocketeers who bring back seven starters. Included in that number is senior Mycala Moody, who only played six games last year due to injury, and will be the starter at short and a big bat in the middle of the order.

Liz Morehouse returns at first and the outfield (Kaylea Sherman, Meg Barlow, and Jordan Sharpe) is back in its entirety. Sam Courtemanche will be behind the plate for North to catch returning pitchers Carolyn Wallace and Abby Warren. King Philip transfer Amelia Murphy could be added to the mix in the circle and in the lineup.

“My first thoughts are we will be a little sounder defensively,” said Wallace. “My gut says we will win more than six like we did last year but the league is so strong I wonder where they will come from.”

TAUNTON
2015 Record: 23-3
2015 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South final
Coach: Dave Lewry

Taunton reached the Div. 1 South final last season before falling to eventual state finalist Silver Lake. The Tigers bring all but two players (and one starter, Hock MVP Kelly Reading) back to try and make another run at the sectional title. Senior pitcher Aimee Kistner will be back in the circle, with additional help from Courtney Fisher, and adds a power bat to the lineup.

Fellow seniors Jordan Wade (shortstop) and Meghan Navarro (second base) shore up the middle of the infield while sophomore Kya Enos will take her speed into centerfield. Freshman Jaime Brown returns at third, Amber Wainwright will be the designated player, and Sarah Bagge will be behind the plate. Sophomore Liana Duarte will step into right field to fill Reading’s shoes.

It is a familiar roster and the Tigers are looking forward to familiar success in the league and in the tournament.