Canton Comeback Comes Up Short in Quarterfinal

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Brendan Clifford (8) celebrates a fourth quarter goal by the Bulldogs, who battled back from seven goals down to get back within one before Plymouth South put the game away. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – Midway through the third quarter of Wednesday evening’s Div. 2 South quarterfinal at WWII Memorial Field, Canton was stuck in neutral. The Bulldogs were struggling to get and keep hold of the ball and trailed by seven against Plymouth South. After scoring only one goal in more than 30 minutes of game action, it felt like summer was about to begin for the hosts.

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Goals can change games and the Bulldogs started clawing their way back. Four goals in the final 4:08 of the third, including two in the final 17 seconds, got Canton close and two more on a man-up to start the fourth made it a one-goal game with nine minutes left.

Unfortunately, putting together a comeback like that can wear a team out and the Bulldogs simply ran out of gas down the stretch, as the Panthers grabbed momentum back and closed out an 11-8 victory to reach the sectional semifinal.

“We have a good team and a lot of character,” Canton coach Bill Bendell said, “so I wasn’t surprised that we came back, but it’s still hard to do.”

Canton (12-8) fell behind early in the game, as the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening two minutes. The Bulldogs cut the lead in half with 3:18 left in the quarter, catching the visitors in transition. Brendan Albert galloped forward after a turnover and he picked out Tommy Vaughan or a quick-release rip to make it 2-1.

The Bulldogs were struggling to break down the Plymouth South defense and get near the cage, settling for a number of outside shots that Panthers goalie Paul Hasenfus was able to corral.

In the second quarter, Plymouth South took control of the ball and the game. Canton struggled at the face-off ‘X’ and struggled to contain sophomore attacker Matt Smith, who scored twice and assisted on another in the second. When the Bulldogs did get a rare possession, they looked rushed and either took the first shot they got or rushed passes that led to turnovers.

“When we got the ball, we had players that wanted to go right to the cage and we actually need to give those guys a break on defense, so let’s possess,” Bendell explained. “That’s hard, especially in the emotions of the game.”

He added, “They jumped on us right away. They made some good plays early and their face-off kid was a beast. We couldn’t win a face-off early and we tried a lot of different things.”

Plymouth South scored five times in the quarter and it seemed like the pressure was unrelenting. That continued in the third, as the visitors kept the ball for long stretches and then added another goal with a little under six minutes to play in the quarter as Smith connected with Matt Daley.

It looked like the game was lost for Canton, but then a mistake by the Panthers at the back allowed the hosts to get one back. Griffin Roach was in the right place to take advantage of a loose ball right on the edge of the crease and he put it away. Three minutes later, Roach beat his marker with a spin to his right hand and fired a bullet into the top corner to make it 8-3.

The visitors were still comfortably ahead until a flurry at the end of the third. Dan Cohen picked the far corner on the run to the right, shooting across his body, to make it a four-goal game with 17 seconds on the clock. The Bulldogs got a rare possession on the face-off, as Nick Mackay scooped a ground ball and started a lightning-quick break, with the ball flowing through Andrew Canto to Vaughan for a goal just before the buzzer.

“I thought Dan Cohen’s goal was big,” said Belndell when asked about moments that sparked his team’s comeback. “That was a senior making a play, which was awesome.”

In the last second of the third, Plymouth South was hit with a three-minute, locked-in penalty. Canton came out for the fourth patiently working the ball around, but it was after a Panthers steal that the Bulldogs got a goal. A poor pass over the head of the goalie was picked off by Vaughan and he finished into the empty net.

Thirty seconds later, David Allen swung the pass around to Canto on the left side and he went five-hole from an acute angle to get the Bulldogs within one with 9:32 on the clock.

Although the Bulldogs scored twice with the man-up, Bendell admitted that they may have not taken full advantage of the opportunity. “You can’t say we didn’t capitalize, because we did,” he said, “but it would’ve been nice to just add on.”

After winning the face-off, the Panthers used up a couple of minutes before Smith got back on the score sheet whipping a shot into the corner while being hit. Three minutes later, Daley added another to get the visitors back up by three. Roach opened up space for another Vaughan rocket to make it 10-8, but the Panthers sealed the win with 1:55 left.

“A man-up early, we had the right plan but we weren’t all on the same page,” said Bendell about the things that put the Bulldogs in the hole that they nearly climbed out of. “They shut down Tommy, which is something we talked about and practiced but didn’t execute and those type of little things ended up hurting us late.”

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Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships 2019

2019 Hockomock League Outdoor Track Championships
Below are the results from the 2019 Hockomock League Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Franklin High. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

The Hockomock League Championships were held at Franklin High on Sunday afternoon. Below are the team results and the top eight finishers for each event.

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Boys Team Results

1. Mansfield – 116
2. Stoughton – 101
3. North Attleboro – 91
4. Franklin – 55
5. King Philip – 54
6. Milford – 47
7. Sharon – 46
8. Oliver Ames – 41
9. Attleboro – 35
10. Canton – 32
11. Taunton – 27
12. Foxboro – 17

100M
1. PJ Gilpatrick, North Attleboro – 11.07
2. Greg Waters, Mansfield – 11.08
3. Christopher Gong, Sharon – 11.09
4. Junior Sainvil, Canton – 11.10
5. Anthony Comer, Mansfield – 11.15
6. Jalen Castillo, Stoughton – 11.17
7. Colin Levis, Attleboro – 11.23
8. Sean McCombs, King Philip – 11.57

200M
1. Colin Levis, Attleboro – 22.42
2. Anthony Comer, Mansfield – 22.51
3. PJ Gilpatrick, North Attleboro – 22.61
4. Liam Conway, North Attleboro – 22.86
5. David Peters, Stoughton – 22.92
6. Jonathan Chery, Canton – 22.94
7. Sean Lehane, Milford – 23.12
8. Stephen Chancey, Stoughton – 23.17

400M
1. Hugo Lopes, Milford – 50.37
2. Jovan Joseph, King Philip – 50.91
3. Dan Knight, Mansfield – 51.34
4. Mason Benton, Sharon – 51.90
5. Jack Rivard, Mansfield – 51.91
6. Joshua Smith, King Philip – 52.43
7. Noah Wieland, Sharon – 52.46
8. Rafaell Feliciano, Milford – 52.62

800M
1. Jason Windvogel, Mansfield – 1:57.76
2. Joey Madden, Milford – 1:57.77
3. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 1:58.56
4. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 1:59.41
5. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 1:59.87
6. Will Regan, Foxboro – 2:02.38
7. Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon – 2:02.58
8. Liam Walker, Attleboro – 2:02.79

1 Mile
1. Michael Griffin, King Philip – 4:20.87
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 4:22.98
3. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 4:29.93
4. Zane Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 4:34.12
5. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 4:34.36
6. Owen Mullahy, Mansfield – 4:34.46
7. Maxwell Manor, Milford – 4:35.21
8. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 4:40.66

2 Mile
1. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 9:42.35
2. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 9:43.85
3. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 9:50.04
4. Miguel Torres, Milford – 9:54.62
5. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 9:56.11
6. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 10:02.58
7. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 10:04.56
8. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 10:11.78

110M Hurdles
1. David Peters, Stoughton – 14.85
2. Christopher Ais, Stoughton – 14.93
3. Marc Davanzo, Sharon – 15.36
4. David Cataloni, Attleboro – 15.40
5. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 15.86
6. Andrew Williams, Mansfield – 15.93
7. Jakob Waryas , Foxboro – 16.20
8. Ryan Petrillo, Oliver Ames – 16.41

400M Hurdles
1. Patrick McManus, Sharon – 58.05
2. Anthony Pizzano, Stoughton – 58.06
3. Ryan Petrillo, Oliver Ames – 58.24
4. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 58.72
5. Evan Connor, Stoughton – 59.01
6. Sean Flaherty, Oliver Ames – 59.72
7. Kyran Peters, Franklin – 1:00.13
8. Jack Moussette, Mansfield – 1:00.34




4×100 Relay
1. North Attleboro (Liam Conway, Jacob Petersen, Omar Jasseh, PJ Gilpatrick) – 43.09
2. Stoughton (Christian Ais, Jalen Castillo, Shawn Howze, Stephen Chancey) – 44.21
3. Milford (Kevin O’Connor, Anton Lucket, Sean Lehane, Hugo Lopes) – 44.29
4. Taunton (Gavin Weldon, Nathan Candido, Sebastien Celestin, Javier Valdivieso) – 44.79
5. Canton (Jonathan Chery, Cameron Sanchez, Zachary Goldstein, Junior Sainvil) – 44.97
6. Mansfield (Anthony Comer, Joe Cappelletti, Vinnie Holmes, Greg Waters) – 45.51
7. Franklin (Liam Pek, Jacob Cummings, Justin Flaherty, Grady Ellis) – 45.65
8. Oliver Ames (Ashton Hart, Jaiden Daly, Chukwubuikem Akanegbu, Harrison Webster) – 46.13

4×400 Relay
1. Milford (Rafaell Feliciano, Anthony Ghalbouni, Joey Madden, Hugo Lopes) – 3:27.09
2. Mansfield (Dan Knight, Raffi Marzella, Jack Rivard, Jason Windvogel) – 3:27.66
3. Sharon (Mason Benton, Noah Wieland, Isaiah Stessman, Patrick McManus) – 3:29.24
4. Stoughton (Colin Rahaman, Evan Connor, Nathaniel Peters, Anthony Pizzano) – 3:31.32
5. North Attleboro (Alexander McCoy, Jack MacLaughlin, Jacob Silva, Tim Hogan) – 3:39.19
6. Oliver Ames (Jared Boone, Ryan Hilliard, Sean Flaherty, James Keane) – 3:39.74
7. Canton (James Vo, Justin Rose, Deyontai Dennis, Zachary Goldstein) – 3:41.36
8. Franklin (Camden Harrington, Sam Stowell, Alec Hanley, Nicholas Zaffino) – 3:41.58

4×800 Relay
1. Franklin (Dylan Kehoe, Nicholas Calitri, Michael Hagen, Tyler Brogan) – 7:59.05
2. Mansfield (Patrick Heavey, Peter Oldow, Mike Mullahy, Owen Mullahy) – 8:26.25
3. Foxboro (Joe Cusack, Trey Lawson, Ryan Proulx, Will Regan) – 8:27.25
4. King Philip (Eric DeLorenzo, Dylan Powers, Michael Norberg, Michael Griffin) – 8:27.28
5. North Attleboro (Skyler Poirier, Jack Clarke, Matt Penta, Liam Monahan) – 8:30.77
6. Milford (Chris Berthrong, Miguel Torres, Maxwell Manor, Gianni Panno) – 8:30.80
7. Sharon (Alexander Starovoytov, Mark Starovoytov, Bradley Weiss, Jordan Saks) – 8:44.31
8. Attleboro (Nathan Seybert, Jayden Lockhart, Connor Dunn, Liam Walker) – 8:51.75

Shot Put
1. Colbey Eason, Mansfield – 51-05.50
2. Terrell Jacobs-Baston, King Philip – 50-04.00
3. Mark Edge, Stoughton – 47-00.00
4. Mark Brown, Taunton – 46-06.50
5. Mason Frank, Taunton – 45-08.00
6. Anthony DeCosta, Oliver Ames – 44-06.50
7. Justin Cain, Stoughton – 41-11.00
8. Quinn Proudler, Oliver Ames – 40-01.25

Discus
1. Thomas Pulcini, Canton – 137-05
2. Terrell Jacobs-Baston, King Philip – 123-09
3. Ike Ogbonnanze, Sharon – 117-10
4. Sullivan Weidman, Franklin – 117-07
5. Emmett Ruote, North Attleboro – 117-04
6. Daunte Fleurancois, Taunton – 115-11
7. Anthony DeCosta, Oliver Ames – 114-02
8. Ben Kelly, Foxboro – 113-07

Javelin
1. Emmett Ruote, North Attleboro – 165-04
2. Anthony Pizzano, Stoughton – 159-09
3. Jack Taylor, Mansfield – 157-01
4. Daniel Rapoza, Mansfield – 152-04
5. Zanthius Collins, Franklin – 152-03
6. Nicholas Dadasis, King Philip – 139-10
7. Austin Read, Foxboro – 136-06
8. Quinn Proudler, Oliver Ames – 135-05

High Jump
1. Elisha Teneus-Claude, Stoughton – 6-06.00
2. Owen Nassaney, North Attleboro – 6-04.00
3. Andrew Williams, Mansfield – 6-04.00
4. Alex Paradise, Attleboro – 5-10.00
5. Jaden Falaise, Stoughton – 5-10.00
6. Ethan Thevenot, Mansfield – 5-08.00
7. Shylo Keele, Attleboro – 5-08.00
8. Luke LaBonte, North Attleboro
8. Andrew Rooney, Mansfield

Long Jump
1. Omar Jasseh, North Attleboro – 22-01.00
2. Aaron MacDonald, Oliver Ames – 21-02.50
3. Jaden Falaise, Stoughton – 20-11.50
4. David Peters, Stoughton – 20-09.50
5. Christopher Ais, Stoughton – 20-09.00
6. Andrew Williams, Mansfield – 20-06.00
7. Terry Jacobs-Baston, King Philip – 20-05.00
8. Joe Cappelletti, Mansfield – 20-03.00

Triple Jump
1. Omar Jasseh, North Attleboro – 42-07.00
2. Junior Sainvil, Canton – 42-05.25
3. David Cataloni, Attleboro – 42-03.50
4. Elisha Teneus-Claude, Stoughton – 42-01.00
5. Jacob Petersen, North Attleboro – 41-02.00
6. Aaron MacDonald, Oliver Ames – 41-00.00
7. Tyler Hagan, Foxboro – 40-08.00
8. Isaiah Stessman, Sharon – 39-11.50

Girls Team Results

1. North Attleboro – 133.33
2. Sharon – 87.33
3. Mansfield – 78
4. Franklin – 67
5. Taunton – 56
6. Foxboro – 49
6. King Philip – 49
8. Milford – 42.33
9. Canton – 37
10. Oliver Ames – 31
11. Attleboro – 18
12. Stoughton – 15

100M
1. Jordyn Collins, Foxboro – 12.29
2. Amanda Mangano, Mansfield – 12.43
3. Vanessa Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 12.48
4. Emma Keefe, Foxboro – 12.68
5. Madison Perry, Oliver Ames – 12.69
6. Sydney Sutton, Milford – 12.70
7. Marissa Desir, Taunton – 12.98
8. Zoe Plante, Mansfield – 13.01

200M
1. Vanessa Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 25.26
2. Jordyn Collins, Foxboro – 25.55
3. Amanda Mangano, Mansfield – 25.66
4. Avonia Herbert, Sharon – 25.88
5. Tatum Perry, Oliver Ames – 25.98
6. Celine Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 26.15
7. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 26.24
8. Taleah Gandy, Stoughton – 26.45

400M
1. Olivia Dias, Taunton – 58.42
2. Kerry O’Connor, Milford – 58.50
3. Samantha Hawkins, North Attleboro – 59.56
4. Emma Lawrence, Milford – 59.80
5. Lily Wetherbee, North Attleboro – 1:01.29
6. Grace Crocker, King Philip – 1:01.39
7. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 1:01.92
8. Samantha Powderly, Franklin – 1:01.93

800M
1. Julia Fenerty, Franklin – 2:20.64
2. Halle Atkinson, Franklin – 2:21.17
3. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 2:22.94
4. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 2:24.56
5. Abby Hodges, Oliver Ames – 2:25.02
6. Katherine Miller, Mansfield – 2:26.09
7. Bryn Anderson, Mansfield – 2:29.43
8. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 2:30.52

1 Mile
1. Grace Fernandez, Mansfield – 5:32.22
2. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 5:35.34
3. Grace Doyle, Mansfield – 5:35.40
4. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 5:38.23
5. Taylor Saks, Sharon – 5:39.02
6. Elliana Hershman, Sharon – 5:41.45
7. Makayla Griffin, King Philip – 5:42.98
8. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 5:43.31

2 Mile
1. Lexi Quinn, Foxboro – 11:28.52
2. Meghan Johnston, Mansfield – 11:39.84
3. Maya Evans, King Philip – 11:50.79
4. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 11:52.79
5. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 11:54.43
6. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 12:08.74
7. Caitlin Casey, Franklin – 12:16.55
8. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 12:17.99

100M Hurdles
1. Jada Johnson, Sharon – 14.69
2. Elizabeth Lee, Sharon – 15.08
3. Daniella Pierre, Franklin – 15.09
4. Madison Rousseau, Canton – 15.65
5. Victoria Priestley, King Philip – 15.87
6. Ari Preacher, North Attleboro – 15.98
7. Victoria Gravel, Taunton – 16.02
8. Sabrina Hauer, North Attleboro – 16.62

400M Hurdles
1. Sarah Collins, Canton – 1:06.14
2. Brianna Gibson, Oliver Ames – 1:07.39
3. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 1:08.94
4. Ariella Levy, Sharon – 1:09.29
5. Amanda Kaiser, North Attleboro – 1:09.57
6. Bella Gonzalez, Milford – 1:10.98
7. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 1:11.04
8. Lindsay Robinson, North Attleboro – 1:12.84




4×100 Relay
1. North Attleboro (Tess Collins, Celine Ibrahim, Samantha Hawkins, Vanessa Ibrahim) – 50.55
2. Foxboro (Catherine Dizney, Elizabeth Davis, Emma Keefe, Jordyn Collins) – 51.52
3. King Philip (Sofia DelVecchio, Victoria Priestley, Abigail Meader, Sydney O’Shea) – 51.54
4. Mansfield (Zoe Plante, Emily Quitzau, Gabrielle Devlin, Lindsey Golden) – 51.81
5. Milford (Jenna Mastroianni, Cassie Probert, Sienna Pierce, Sydney Sutton) – 51.83
6. Oliver Ames (Gabrielle Cunha, Haley Gilman, Tatum Perry, Madison Perry) – 52.15
7. Stoughton (Daija Dutrieuille, Sasha Hyacinthe, Haley Nelson, Ashley Camilo) – 52.25
8. Sharon (Elizabeth Lee, Simone Dunbar, Wendy Wooden, Veronica Wallace) – 52.37

4×400 Relay
1. Taunton (Nia Mainer-Smith, Morgan Zakrzewski, Kerla Sylvestre, Olivia Dias) – 4:05.59
2. Milford (Kerry O’Connor, Bella Gonzalez, Alexis Marcolini, Emma Lawrence) – 4:08.00
3. North Attleboro (Tess Collins, Samantha Hawkins, Celine Ibrahim, Kailey Lockavitch) – 4:09.61
4. Sharon (Ariella Levy, Carolyn Bayha, Avonia Herbert, Elizabeth Lee) – 4:14.13
5. Franklin (Halle Atkinson, Samantha Powderly, Lauren Jackson, Julia Fenerty) – 4:14.88
6. Foxboro (Rebecca Foley, Meghan Murphy, Carly Cehelsky, Isabel Hallal) – 4:21.09
7. Stoughton (April Richardson, Rebecca Lally, Gabriela Diaz, Taleah Gandy) – 4:21.35
8. Mansfield (Maria Sevastos, Anna Darlington, Mikaela Maughn, Alexis Kiyanda) – 4:21.61

4×800 Relay
1. Franklin (Halle Atkinson, Samantha Powderly, Brandi Osborne, Julia Fenerty) – 10:04.05
2. Mansfield (Grace Fernandez, Katherine Miller, Bryn Anderson, Grace Doyle) – 10:15.26
3. North Attleboro (Amanda Kaiser, Catherine Hanewich, Olivia Forbes, Stephanie Hawkins) – 10:18.85
4. Canton (Chloe Pennacchio, Lauren Sullivan, Annie Hoban, Sarah Collins) – 10:23.67
5. King Philip (Isabelle Crocker, Ryenn Hart, Makayla Griffin, Maya Evans) – 10:26.01
6. Foxboro (Lexi Quinn, Caroline Cass, Emma Dahl, Emily Steele) – 10:34.72
7. Oliver Ames (Brianna Gibson, Emily Meyers, Lauren Sellmayer, Abby Hodges) – 10:39.17
8. Sharon (Eliana Boxerman, Taylor Saks, Elliana Hershman, Catherine Griffin) – 10:39.66

Shot Put
1. Julia Mechlinski, North Attleboro – 37-03.00
2. Bailee Ziolkowski, King Philip – 33-07.00
3. Bronwyn Mahoney, Canton – 32-00.00
4. Sthanisha Moreau, Taunton – 31-04.50
5. Alexa Quinones, Stoughton – 31-00.50
6. Katelynn Taylor, Franklin – 30-02.25
7. Kerina Geminiani, Mansfield – 30-01.25
8. Delaney Sherman, North Attleboro – 30-01.00

Discus
1. Julia Mechlinski, North Attleboro – 107-06
2. Tianna Ridge, Attleboro – 103-02
3. Rachel Anderson, Franklin – 100-11
4. Bronwyn Mahoney, Canton – 95-06
5. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 94-03
6. Jessica Matheson, Attleboro – 92-05
7. Bianca Illyes, Oliver Ames – 91-11
8. Delaney Sherman, North Attleboro – 89-01

Javelin
1. Hannah McEntee, Taunton – 122-00
2. Julia Feid, North Attleboro – 117-06
3. Maggie Doyle, Franklin – 110-06
4. Abigail Calistra, North Attleboro – 103-07
5. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 100-08
6. Delaney Sherman, North Attleboro – 100-07
7. Jaylin Cuouto, Taunton – 97-00
8. Jessica Matheson, Attleboro – 95-11

High Jump
1. Jada Johnson, Sharon – 5-04.00
2. Olivia Etienvre, North Attleboro – 5-02.00
3. Lindsey Morse, Franklin – 5-00.00
4. Dreya Martin, Franklin – 5-00.00
5. Kayla Schuberth, King Philip – 5-00.00
6. Ari Preacher, North Attleboro – 4-10.00
7. Therese Saade, Oliver Ames – 4-10.00
8. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 4-08.00
8. Jill Patel, Sharon – 4-08.00
8. Cassidy Becker, North Attleboro – 4-08.00

Long Jump
1. Jada Johnson, Sharon – 18-02.25
2. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 17-08.00
3. Kerry O’Connor, Milford – 17-06.75
4. Amanda Mangano, Mansfield – 17-05.50
5. Victoria Gravel, Taunton – 17-02.25
6. Celine Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 17-00.00
7. Abisola Olaogun, Attleboro – 16-09.50
8. Madison Rousseau, Canton – 16-09.00

Triple Jump
1. Lily Wetherbee, North Attleboro – 38-09.00
2. Avonia Herbert, Sharon – 38-08.25
3. Victoria Gravel, Taunton – 36-09.25
4. Olivia Etienvre, North Attleboro – 35-10.00
5. Veronica Wallace, Sharon – 35-00.50
6. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 34-08.00
7. Madison Perry, Oliver Ames – 33-10.50
8. Cassondra Stuger, Attleboro – 33-05.00

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Perfect Night for Erti, North Clinches Title at Canton

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North Attleboro junior pitcher Bella Erti was perfect over five innings, as the Rocketeers clicnhed at least a share of their first title since 1990. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – With an opportunity to make history for the program, North Attleboro put together a near perfect performance on Friday night under the lights at Walsh Field. The Rocketeers shut down division rival Canton, with junior pitcher Bella Erti throwing a five-inning perfect game, and the bats came alive, pounding out 17 hits and 13 runs.

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It all came together for Big Red, which rolled to a 13-0 victory and secured at least a share of the program’s first league title since 1990. On top of that, it was also the 250th win of head coach Bill Wallace’s 20-year career (18 at North and two at Walpole).

After the game, the team presented Wallace with a ball signed by all the players and they gathered in the outfield and at home plate with a sign that had 1990 crossed out on one half and 2019 written on the other.

“We had a team meeting before the bus and we said, this is it,” Wallace explained after the game. “This is the homestretch and we need to get our focus and start winning every pitch. Not win every inning, every game, it’s got to be every pitch and the kids were really dialed in today.”

Canton freshman pitcher Sophia Santos threw a perfect top of the first, but the Rocketeers got to the Bulldogs starter in the second. Annabelle Hebard (4-for-4) led off with a double to left center and Katie Daby (3-for-3) followed with a single. Emily Nardelli walked to load the bases and then Alex Moulson lined a two-run single to left.

After a sac bunt moved two runners into scoring position and a walk to No. 9 hitter Mandi Hanewich (2-for-2), Olivia Capobianco drilled a base hit to center, aggressively taking second just ahead of the throw, to plate two more. A sac fly from Abby Gallagher made it 5-0, but the inning ended with Canton centerfielder Liz Bickett throwing out Capobianco as she tried to advance to third.

Erti started the game strongly, striking out two in each of the first two innings. In the third, North tacked on three more. Ashley Cangiano (2-for-3) singled and took second on a wild pitch before scoring on a hit by Hebard. After Caroline Hughes took over in the circle for the Bulldogs, Daby drilled a triple over the head of the right fielder. Daby scored on a groundout by Nardelli.

The Bulldogs continued to struggle at the plate, but started making contact against Erti, striking out only once after the second inning. North’s infield defense made no mistakes to keep Canton off the base paths.

“They played so clean and I look at all nine positions they play the game the right way,” said first-year Canton coach Dave Bohane.

He added, “Against some girls you can try to be patient because they might have a wild streak to them but with Bella Erti, she’s in control out there. But, our kids went up there not overwhelmed. We can play better than that but again no shame in losing to them.”

North sealed the win in the fourth with five more runs. Hebard drove in her second run of the night, Moulson brought in her third run with a hard grounder off the third baseman and Hanewich cleared the bases with a double pulled straight down the line and right over the first base bag.

“I thought Hughes came in and did well,” Bohane said. “She’s a veteran and battled. I know it’s a lot of runs, but they’re a good hitting team. The bottom of the order has gotten us in both games too.”

In the bottom of the fifth, the Rocketeers clearly wanted to finish off the perfect game for Erti. She induced grounders from SSteph Trendell, Jackie Morrissey, and Hughes. The last one went to first baseman Alivia Byrne, who took it to the bag herself and set off the team’s celebration.

“They’re so happy,” said Wallace about the team pulling for Erti to get the perfect game. “That means a lot to me. At the end of the day, that is what’s important and they really pull for each other.”

When asked about what it meant for the program to get over the hump (North had a stretch of three straight seasons that it finished one game out of first place) and claim an elusive league title, Wallace pointed out that his team has made the playoffs 11 out of the last 12 years, reached two South semifinals, and one South final.

As he explained, North’s 29-year wait for a league crown was more a product of the level of competition that the Rocketeers faced within the league.

“Part of it was that we were in the Kelley-Rex division with Taunton and King Philip,” Wallace said. “And then there was Milford, which lost like three games in two seasons. It shows how strong the league is. Since 2008, we’ve missed the tournament just once and yet this is our first league title.”

North Attleboro (12-3, 10-2) can clinch the outright Davenport division crown on Monday with a win at Foxboro. Canton (6-10, 5-9) will host Milford on Tuesday and needs a win against Dedham on May 23 to secure a playoff spot thanks to the Sullivan rule.

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