LOWELL, Mass. – The two teams, which were the top two seeds in Div. 1, were on a collision course all postseason. They split a pair of games during the regular season, both winning on their home fields, and it was only fitting that Saturday night’s rubber match at LeLacheur Park would determine not only who would win the season series but who would win the state championship.
Taunton (22-3) was held without a hit until a leadoff single in the fourth, but scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and got a stellar, complete game effort from Evan Cali to secure a 2-1 victory over league rival Franklin (23-4). The victory earned the Tigers their second D1 title in three seasons.
“They’ve got great hitters one through nine, so for him to come out and only give up one run was more than you could ask for,” Taunton coach Blair Bourque said when asked about Cali’s performance. “I was hoping to get a couple innings out of him and next guy up, and for him to come out and throw a complete game, what a great culmination of his senior year.”
Even before the season started, Taunton was searching for an ace of its staff. The Tigers relied on their full complement of pitchers to work through games, but Cali delivered one of his best performances in the final game of his high school career. He allowed only one infield single after the second inning, allowing just the one run and out-dueling Franklin starter Jacob Jette.
“I don’t think I’ve cried like this in a long time,” Cali said after the game, smiling despite his eyes being wet from tears and shaking in the cold after getting a Gatorade bucket dumped on him by his teammates. “I thought about everyone that’s helped me and it fueled me through that entire game.
When asked what was going through his mind at the final out, Cali admitted with a laugh, “I have no idea. I threw the pitch and I prayed he didn’t get a base hit because if he did I was getting taken out.”
While the final pitching line looked stellar for Cali, things were far from easy in the opening two innings. Jack Marino singled with one out in the first and took second when Cali’s pick-off attempt was wayward. A wild pitch would move him to third and Evan Raider drew a two-out walk. Cali induced a pop up to end the threat.
In the top of the second, a walk and an error put two on for Taunton but Jette got a groundout to keep it scoreless. Franklin would grab the lead in the bottom half.
Jase Lyons got things started with a single and Eisig Chin followed by crushing a ball off the wall in right, narrowly missing a home run. With two runners in scoring position, semifinal hero Ben Jarosz singled to right center to make it 1-0. Chin was held at third and Jarosz would move up to second after almost being picked off.
Cali hit the corner to get a strikeout for the first out of the inning. A pop up in foul ground and a grounder to Dawson Bryce at short would allow the Tigers to escape the second down by only a run. It felt like a win for Taunton.
Jette was cruising for the Panthers. A perfect third dented any momentum that Taunton may have carried to the plate. He gave up a leadoff single to Ryan MacDougall to start the fourth but struck out back-to-back hitters and got a fly ball that Chin caught in foul territory in right to end the inning.
“Jacob Jette has been everything you could ask for,” said Franklin coach Zach Brown. “He’s been so important to our team and our team’s success. You have to go back six games to find a team who scored a run off him before today. He’s an amazing competitor, just a tremendous leader, does everything right, really threw well today, and gave us a chance to win a state title.”
Taunton finally struck in the fifth. Shawn Cali smashed a ball over the head of Ryan Gerety in center for a leadoff triple. After a pair of failed bunt attempts, Evan Cali put the ball in play with a grounder to short. The infield was back and Henry Digorgio’s only option was to go to first to get the out.
“I saw that our team lost for hope for a second,” Cali said about Taunton’s rally. “Once Franklin gets a run, their whole energy turns around. They’re fired up. I noticed that we were down and I talked to my coach and said, we get them in and we do a huddle and we win this game.”
In the top of the sixth, Jette got a liner to Chin in right for the first out and got two strikes on MacDougall, but the Hockomock League MVP turned on an 0-2 fastball. He sent it seemingly off the wall in right, but the ump put up his hand to indicate the ball hit above the yellow line and was a home run, putting the Tigers ahead 2-1 and sending the bench streaming out to home to meet the junior first baseman.
“We as a team, we tend to get on his back and he’s a big boy so he can carry us and he was able to get ahold of one today,” Bourque said about MacDougall. “We knew with Evan pitching we needed to put some good at bats together and fortunately for us Ryan was in the right place at the right time.”
After another perfect inning for Cali, the Tigers had the chance to add to the lead in the seventh. Senior catcher Colby DeCouta ripped a double to left and, after Franklin turned to closer James Kuczmiec, who started off with a wild pitch allowing courtesy runner Xavier Spencer to take third. Kuczmiec then chose the perfect time to attempt a pickoff attempt behind the runner, with Jarosz firing a strike to Joe Tirrell at the plate for the out.
Shawn Cali came right back with a double to center, but Kuczmiec got a hard line drive to first that Raider snagged and quickly fired to Digorgio at second for an inning-ending double play.
Franklin was fired up after getting out of the jam down by just one run. Cali quickly quelled the energy. He got a grounder to third baseman Braden Sullivan and then robbed Tirrell by getting a piece of a bouncing ball up the middle and making the throw to first while sitting on the mound.
Through the disappointment of the result, Brown was proud of his team’s season and the way the team came together this spring, “We hit a little speed bump early in the year and these seniors did a great job just bringing everyone together and staying the course. Twenty straight wins later, we’re sitting here with one game for a state title. Nothing to hang your head on, we wish the outcome was different but that’s baseball.”
Brayden Cali squeezed a pop up at second base for the final out, sparking celebrations and a dog pile on the mound. Taunton had knocked off the top seed and league champions and clinched just the second state title in program history.
“It’s not something that we harp on,” Bourque replied when asked about title aspirations coming into the season. “We can be successful without winning a state championship. Obviously it’s great to win, but we’re looking to develop young men. Seeing these guys in the community and how they represent Taunton baseball, that’s what I’m most proud of.”
WORCESTER, Mass. – One of the strengths for Franklin all season has been that each game a new player steps up to be the hero. The Panthers haven’t relied on only one or two players to get to this stage, but instead have gotten big plays from throughout the roster.
In Tuesday night’s Div. 1 state semifinal at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the campus of Holy Cross, it was Ben Jarosz’s turn.
After the Panthers let a 3-1 lead slip in the top of the seventh, Jarosz came to the plate with one out, two runners in scoring position, and the infield drawn in all the way around. He quickly fell behind 0-2 to Shrewsbury reliever Benjamin Griffith, but then he started battling. Jarosz fouled off a series of two-strike pitches, staying alive until he got a mistake. Then he pounced.
Jarosz smacked a ball just out of the reach of the diving first baseman, allowing Jase Lyons to race home with the winning run. The Panthers stormed out of the dugout to chase down Jarosz in shallow right, celebrating a 4-3 win and the chance to face league rival Taunton in Saturday’s championship game.
“He was banged up for half the year and just grinding it out for us,” Franklin coach Zach Brown said of Jarosz. “We feel really good when he’s at the plate. I mean, what an amazing at bat. Getting down 0-2, fouling off all those pitches, and then back-siding a baseball for a hit. It’s just special.
When asked what was going through his mind during that last at bat, Jarosz replied, “I just wanted to get the ball in play and I did. Stay alive as long as you can and just get it in play.” And how did it feel to see the ball go through? He said, “Awesome, just an amazing feeling, but we’re not done. We’ve got one more to go.”
Shrewsbury did something to Franklin that very few teams have been able to do when the Colonials took the lead in the top of the first. Andrew Peris singled to center and the ball skipped away, allowing him to reach second. Two groundouts to second baseman Jack Marino later and it was 1-0.
That would be the only hit that Franklin starter Alfred Mucciarone would give up until there were two outs in the sixth. The UMass Lowell-commit was dominant for large stretches of the game, setting the side down in order in the second, fourth, and fifth, and only allowing a batter to reach by error in the third.
Franklin didn’t take long to even the score. Chris Goode (3-for-3 with a walk) belted a two-out double that one-hopped the wall in left and he came into score on Evan Raider’s (2-for-3 with a walk) lined single. The Panthers would outhit the Colonials 11-4 but they struggled to get the big hit with runners on to give Mucciarone a lead to work with.
In the second, Lyons reached on an error and Eisig Chin (2-for-3 with a walk) singled to right. Jarosz put down a sac bunt to move both into scoring position with just one out but they were stranded. An inning later, Goode’s hit was erased when he was caught stealing second but Raider walked and Henry Digorgio beat out an infield hit. Again, Franklin couldn’t bring in the go-ahead run.
The deadlock was finally broken in the fifth. Goode again came through with a one-out single and Raider followed with a double to right center. With two strikes, Digorgio delivered a big hit, bringing in both runners to make it 3-1.
Shrewsbury finally put together a little rally with two outs in the sixth. Digorgio wasn’t able to make a clean play on a soft grounder and Alexander Martin got just the second hit of the game off Mucciarone. Digorgio atoned for his earlier error in spectacular fashion, ranging to the second base side of the bag, scooping a tough hop, and firing a strike across his body on the move to end the inning.
Errors would catch up to Franklin in the seventh. The leadoff man reached on an error and, after a Mucciarone strikeout, Dushyant Singh and John O’Sullivan hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. After a conversation at the mound, and with closer James Kuczmiec ready in the bullpen, Brown stuck with his starter.
Mucciarone got a sac fly to left for the second out, but an attempt to throw out the runner advancing to third sailed and bounced into the Shrewsbury dugout. The umpires discussed it and awarded home to the runner, tying the game. Kuczmiec would enter at that point with a runner on third and got a bouncer back to the mound to get out of the jam.
“He threw well enough today to get a victory, no doubt,” Brown said about Mucciarone. “We probably could’ve done a couple things for him to make it a little bit easier, but he’s a competitor. James came in in a huge spot and he just did a great job getting some soft contact so we could regroup in the dugout.”
Lyons took a couple of close pitches and worked a one-out walk and then went first-to-third on a single by Chin, who took second a few pitches later on defensive indifference. All eyes were on Jarosz as he kept getting a piece, kept staying alive, and then delivered the hit that sent everyone home happy.
“It’s a team,” Brown explained. “It’s not a collection of individuals. That doesn’t mean there isn’t talent there but it truly is a team and a team effort. I’m just really proud of the guys for how they handled the adversity of the game. We probably could have handled the last inning a little better, myself included, but the beauty of this group is they pick each other up, pick me up, and I’m just really happy for them.”
Franklin (23-3) will get the chance to settle the season series with Taunton in Saturday’s final at LeLacheur Park in Lowell. The teams, who are the top two seeds in D1, split during the regular season, each winning at home, and now they get a rubber match on a neutral field for the state title.
“We’ve been on a collision course all season,” Brown said about facing Taunton. “We’re going to have play really well but we’re excited about the opportunity.” Asked about what it means to face a league opponent in a title game, he added, “It says a lot about our league. I’ve felt this for a very long time that our league is one of the toughest leagues in the state. There are tremendous coaches up and down the league, tremendous leadership, and most importantly really good players.”
Jarosz echoed his coach’s sentiments about facing Taunton. He said, “We’re excited. We’ve been going back and forth with them all season. They won one, we won one, and this will probably decide who’s the better team.”
The Hockomock League Championships were held at King Philip High this past weekend. Below are the team results and the top eight finishers for each event.
Boys Team Results
1. Mansfield – 108
2. North Attleboro – 99
3. Oliver Ames – 79
4. Stoughton – 71
5. King Philip – 68
6. Attleboro – 59
7. Milford – 55
8. Franklin – 50
9. Taunton – 38
10. Foxboro – 21
11. Canton – 10
12. Sharon – 5
1. Favor Ugah, Canton – 11.13
2. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 11.16
3. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 11.34
4. GJ Mualis, Taunton – 11.45
5. Chamberlain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 11.52
6. William Klawson, Franklin – 11.54
7. Andrew Jean-Louis, Taunton – 11.64
8. Myles Brown, Mansfield – 11.65
1. Dmitrius Shearrion, Taunton – 22.44
2. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – 22.82
3. William Klawson, Franklin – 23.03
4. Nate Kablik, Mansfield – 23.31
5. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 23.68
6. Aris Giatrakos, Stoughton – 23.78
7. Zyeem Charles, Attleboro – 23.88
8. Abraham Guir, North Attleboro – 23.96
1. Tyler Powderly, Franklin – 51.80
2. Sam Bush, North Attleboro – 51.92
3. Nathan Gebhard, King Philip – 52.06
4. Ben Parson, Milford – 53.05
5. Angel St. Marc, Taunton – 53.54
6. Michael Simonian, North Attleboro – 54.46
7. Stephen Haney, Foxboro – 54.51
8. Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin – 54.65
1. Noah Hurd, King Philip – 1:59.50
2. Aidan Dupill, Oliver Ames – 2:01.10
3. Talon Johnson, Mansfield – 2:06.12
4. Connor Kucich, Franklin – 2:07.10
5. Mark Butters, Milford – 2:09.05
6. Troy Penney, Mansfield – 2:09.82
7. Colin Mahoney, King Philip – 2:10.21
8. Michael Jennison, Attleboro – 2:10.22
1. Ryan Sarney, Oliver Ames – 4:24.29
2. Brendan Thomas, Oliver Ames – 4:30.79
3. Chris Leonard, Mansfield – 4:39.26
4. John Blouin, Attleboro – 4:41.42
5. Nick Olson, Foxboro – 4:43.69
6. Connor Peterson, North Attleboro – 4:48.86
7. Tyler Apicella, Franklin – 4:53.49
8. Riley Tremblay, Mansfield – 4:53.72
1. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 9:44.06
2. James Comisky, Milford – 9:54.67
3. Ethan Sylvia, Attleboro – 9:55.62
4. Alexander Pierce, Oliver Ames – 10:13.25
5. Sam Denis, Taunton – 10:23.38
6. Nathan Sylven, King Philip – 10:25.64
7. Ryan Andrews, King Philip – 10:43.10
8. Lee Casstevens, Attleboro – 10:45.66
1. William Tinkham, Stoughton – 15.28
2. Dylan Buchanan, Mansfield – 15.65
3. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 16.36
4. Alexander Gong, Sharon – 16.48
5. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 16.55
6. Kevin Smith, King Philip – 16.84
7. Dana Jonhnson, Mansfield – 16.88
8. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 18.71
1. Evan Rawlings, Mansfield – 57.68
2. Samuel Borst, Milford – 58.63
3. Jacob Blazek, Attleboro – 1:01.41
4. Aiden Castillo, Stoughton – 1:01.65
5. Brendan O’Leary, Franklin – 1:01.93
6. Andrew Nobrega, North Attleboro – 1:02.17
7. Luca Giardini, King Philip – 1:03.73
8. Jacob Nipoti, Oliver Ames – 1:04.18
1. Taunton (Jonathan Trinh, Andrew Jean-Louis, GJ Mualis, Dmitrius Shearrion) – 43.84
2. Mansfield (Myles Brown, Isaiah Kinds, Chamberlain Guthrie Jr., Nate Kablik) – 44.07
3. North Attleboro (Sam Bush, Michael Simonian, Jovany Rivera, Nathan Shultz) – 45.43
4. Franklin (Joshua Ribeiro, William Klawson, Luke Trinanes, William Kryzak) – 45.60
5. Foxboro (Derek Axon, Burnie Legette, Daniel O’Malley, Tjamael Sillah) – 45.87
6. Stoughton (Jalen Castillo, Aris Giatrakos, Tyler Noel, Jaylan Vaughn) – 45.92
7. Milford (Patrick Delaney, Taylor Feliciano, Shawn Pierece, Jarrett Brown) – 46.35
8. Attleboro (Zyeem Charles, Owens Raymond, Joshua Codella, Frans Estime) – 46.40
1. King Philip (Nathan Gebhard, Luca Giardini, Noah Hurd, Colin Mahoney) – 3:34.21
2. Stoughton (Cashmere Mathurin, Alex Huynh, Tommy Brennan, Michael Varnum) – 3:38.40
3. Mansfield (Thomas Guidicianni, Dylan Buchanan, Talon Johnson, Evan Rawlings) – 3:38.42
4. Franklin (Jake Vaccarezza, Fraser Baird, Connor Kucich, Tyler Powderly) – 3:41.04
5. Milford (Samuel Borst, Liam Delaney, Nick Simas, Ben Parson) – 3:45.88
6. Taunton (Az-Anael St. Marc, Jack Pawlowski, Seth Huber, Aiden Zamora) – 3:47.44
7. Attleboro (Billy Badger, Austin Bowie, Jacob Blazek, Ryan DiLisio) – 3:51.21
8. Oliver Ames (Christopher Gaskill, Kevin Droney, Alex Callanan, Jacob Nipoti) – 3:52.20
1. Oliver Ames (Owen McMorrow, Aidan Dupill, Brendan Thomas, Ryan Sarney) – 8:28.02
2. Mansfield (Marco Geminiani, Chris Leonard, Riley Tremblay, Collin Stevens) – 8:47.13
3. Stoughton (Tommy Brennan, Jack Barbato, Colin Ozturk, Aiden Castillo) – 8:52.38
4. King Philip (Nathan Sylven, Jeff Bourque, Eliot Davis, Peter Cataldo) – 8:54.83
5. Attleboro (Ethan Sylvia, John Blouin, John Pazimino, Sean Kaswale) – 8:56.30
6. North Attleboro (Evan Tino, Jason Drinan, Connor Peterson, Griffin Gouck) – 8:57.79
7. Franklin (Will Boozang, Tyler Apicella, Aidan Nisbett, Aidan Orr) – 9:02.11
8. Foxboro (Nicolas Olson, Brooks Stone, Marco Pacini, Jared Ciora) – 9:16.35
1. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 51-02.00
2. Marco Monterio, Milford – 48-03.50
3. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 46-09.00
4. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 46-06.00
5. Ryan O’Connor, Milford – 44-04.00
6. Sebastian Zerpa, Foxboro – 41-06.50
7. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 40.03.00
8. Thomas Laz, Stoughton – 39.07.00
1. Mark Etienvre, North Attleboro – 142-01
2. Brodie Clemente, North Attleboro – 128-08
3. Michael Gillespie, Franklin – 125-00
4. Joseph Beckett, North Attleboro – 122-06
5. Marco Monteiro, Milford – 121-05
6. Isaiah Traore, Attleboro – 116-09
7. Charles Newcomb, Mansfield – 112-00
8. John Carey, Oliver Ames – 110-04
1. Ethan Gattoni, Attleboro – 162-02
2. Joe Caplan, Milford – 145-10
3. Mason Briggs, North Attleboro – 140-10
4. Stephen Doyon, North Attleboro – 134-04
5. Ryan Gleason, Attleboro – 131-00
6. Harrison Keen, Foxboro – 129-03
7. Tyler Duffin, Mansfield – 126-08
8. Andrew Jolie, Franklin – 126-01
1. Matt Singletary, Stoughton – 6-00.00
2. Dylan Woods, King Philip – 5-10.00
3. Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro – J5-10.00
4. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 5-08.00
5. Tito Nwosu, Stoughton – J5-08.00
T6. Degen Granese, King Philip – J5-08.00
T6. Keagan Fletcher, King Philip – J5-08.00
8. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 5-06.00
1. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 24-06.00
2. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 22-11.00
3. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 22-07.00
4. Chamerblain Guthrie, Jr., Mansfield – 21-08.25
5. Kaiden Murray, Attleboro – 21-06.50
6. Alex Huynh, Stoughton – 20-11.50
7. Adrian Rivera, Attleboro – 20-10.25
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 20-02.50
1. Cashmere Mathurin, Stoughton – 44-10.50
2. Collin Williamson, Oliver Ames – 43-04.00
3. Fabrice Fouron, Oliver Ames – 43-01.00
4. Jake Wall, Mansfield – 41-05.00
5. Daniel O’Malley, Foxboro – 41-01.00
6. Dana Johnson, Mansfield – 40-09.50
7. Aaron Levesque, North Attleboro – 40-05.50
8. Degen Granese, King Philip – 40-02.50
Girls Team Results
1. Franklin – 131
2. Mansfield – 123
3. Oliver Ames – 82
4. Milford – 48
T5. King Philip – 46
T5. Sharon – 46
7. Canton – 44
8. Stoughton – 39.50
9. North Attleboro – 38
10. Taunton – 37
11. Attleboro – 18
12. Foxboro – 10.50
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 12.34
2. Talya DeGraw, Canton – 12.78
3. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 12.83
4. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 12.86
5. Abigail Scott, Mansfield – 12.86
6. Amelia Andre, Oliver Ames – 13.16
7. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 13.23
8. Meagan Dowd, North Attleboro – 13.41
1. Shayla Ford, Stoughton – 26.05
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 26.12
3. Chloe Guthrie, Mansfield – 26.72
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 26.84
5. Kiley Hanlon, Canton – 27.09
6. Syriah McCruse, Canton – 27.31
7. Meghan Driscoll, Mansfield – 27.384
8. Camryn Collins, Foxboro – 27.39
1. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 58.74
2. Anna Darlington, Mansfield – 58.88
3. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – 1:02.36
4. Isla Thompson, Attleboro – 1:02.58
5. Sophia Cuneo, Franklin – 1:02.99
6. Maren Halpin, Milford – 1:03.09
7. Gabby Peniche, Milford – 1:03.12
8. Julie Richardson, Milford – 1:03.68
1. Caelen O’Leary, Taunton – 2:22.85
2. Jenna Gilman, Oliver Ames – 2:22.91
3. Katie Miller, Mansfield – 2:25.64
4. Taegen Hodges, Oliver Ames – 2:30.53
5. Molly Capece, Oliver Ames – 2:31.54
6. Alex Alvarado, Franklin – 2:31.97
7. Elaine McCarty, Stoughton – 2:32.73
8. Katie Barrow, Franklin – 2:36.06
1. Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames – 5:07.48
2. Emersyn DePonte, Taunton – 5:26.08
3. Charlene Peng, Franklin – 5:26.45
4. Emilia Smith, Attleboro – 5:29.11
5. Norah Puleo, Mansfield – 5:30.07
6. Dani Lomuscio, King Philip – 5:30.91
7. Hannah Dupill, Oliver Ames – 5:33.03
8. Meghan Johnson, Mansfield – 5:33.92
1. Daphen Theiler, Sharon – 11:32.11
2. Johanna Holmes, Oliver Ames – 11:37.78
3. Anna Moore, Mansfield – 11:53.15
4. Alexandra Batla, Franklin – 11:55.45
5. Katelyn Buban, King Philip – 12:33.95
6. Annie Reilly, Oliver Ames – 12:50.71
7. Madeline Stewart, Oliver Ames – 12:51.19
8. Emily Matteson, Franklin – 13:00.84
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 15.47
2. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 16.54
3. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16.66
4. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 16.87
5. Emma Tran, Stoughton – 17.29
6. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 17.60
7. Julia Pike, Mansfield – 17.65
8. Barra Pfluke, Franklin – 18.29
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 1:06.43
2. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 1:08.95
3. Riley Fitzpatrick, Franklin – 1:12.00
4. Sydney O’Connor, North Attleboro – 1:13.27
5. Ella Chandaria, Franklin – 1:13.46
6. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – 1:14.42
7. Frankie Smith, Mansfield – 1:15.08
8. Olivia Nau, Sharon – 1:15.68
1. Canton (Syriah McCruse, Talya Degraw, Katherine Oliver, Kiley Hanlon) – 49.94
2. Mansfield (Abigail Scott, Meghan Driscoll, Danni Cuzzi, Chloe Guthrie) – 50.29
3. Oliver Ames (Grace Okocha, Julia Maclaine, Ella McDonough, Amelia Andre) – 50.96
4. North Attleboro (Chidera Agbanari, Marissa Daley, Meagan Dowd, Kadence Peri) – 52.65
5. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Finerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 52.70
6. Foxboro (Delia Fitzgerald, Chloe Davies, Erin Foley, Camryn Collins) – 53.13
7. King Philip (Hannah Doherty, Madeline Hill, Sarah Glaser, Heidi Lawrence) – 54.74
8. Milford (Jenna Mastroianni, Caleigh Wilson, Abby Annantunio, Brooke Ferreira) – 55.31
1. Mansfield (Brooke Penney, Noah Puleo, Caitlin Dumouchel, Anna Darlington) – 4:15.84
2. Franklin (Sophia Cuneo, Jillian Fenerty, Olivia Costa, Anna Cliff) – 4:16.26
3. Taunton (Nia Mainer-Smith, Phylicia Dias, Ava Uhl, Caelen O’Leary) – 4:16.96
4. Stoughton (Elaine McCarty, Katherine Giroux, Crystal Sarblah, Julie Richardson) – 4:27.12
5. Oliver Ames (Bridget Hughes, Molly Capece, Sarah Hilliard, Jamie Weeks) – 4:31.73
6. Canton (Thalia Weaver, Caira McKinney, Brianna Rosebrugh, Lianna Camille) – 4:34.85
7. Milford (Kay Wheelock, Aubrey Korpi, Gabby Peniche, Maren Halpin) – 4:39.76
8. North Attleboro (Haley Carr, Sydney O’Connor, Kadence Peri, Julia Puccio) – 4:41.98
1. Oliver Ames (Emily Meyers, Johanna Holmes, Katie Sobieraj, Jenna Gilman) – 9:56.42
2. Franklin (Meghan Griffith, Lainey Costa, Ella McLaughlin, Allison Powderly) – 10:10.78
3. Sharon (Daphne Theiler, Sierra Robison, Eva Olszewski, Samantha Connors) – 10:50.29
4. Mansfield (Katherine Miller, Anna Moore, Meghan Johnston, Carmella Simonelli) – 10:50.89
5. North Attleboro (Marta Botelho, Katie Galgoczy, Marianna Lameiras, Harper Sweeney) – 10:59.19
6. Taunton (Emersyn DePonte, Falynn Faria, Colby Dunham, Quinlan Kelly) – 11:09.78
7. Canton (Tema Mazonson, Sarah Dempster, Rose Giglio, Corinne Campbell) – 11:33.01
8. King Philip (Kate Buban, Maya Evans, Bridget Swezey, Samantha D’Avignon) – 11:35.93
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 34-11.00
2. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 33-01.00
3. Katherine O’Neil, King Philip – 32-11.00
4. Caitlin Garrahy, Mansfield – 32-06.50
5. Hannah Crocker, King Philip – 31-07.00
6. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 30-04.50
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 29-04.50
8. Emma Massih, Canton – 28-07.50
1. Lily DeForge, Franklin – 112-02
2. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 91-05
3. Darby Nicholson, Franklin – 90-08
4. Carmela Brown, Stoughton – 89-06
5. Emma Massih, Canton – 88-02
6. Megan Burns, North Attleboro – 87-10
7. Sienna Newth, North Attleboro – 83-02
8. Laure Lorenzen, Sharon – 79-10
1. Caitlin Dumouchel, Mansfield – 134-05
2. Elayna Marinelli, Attleboro – 115-03
3. Elizabeth Hopkins, Franklin – 111-11
4. Abby Camelio, North Attleboro – 109-09
5. Evalysse Pierce, Milford – 98-02
T6. Grace Preston, Foxboro – 96-05
T6. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 96-05
8. Sarah Brogioli, Milford – 96-02
1. Sarah Dumas, Franklin – 4-10.00
T2. Jill Fenerty, Franklin – 4-08.00
T2. Marta Botelho, North Attleboro – 4-08.00
T4. Julia Maclaine, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
T4. Kyra McSweeney, Franklin – J4-08.00
T4. Sarah Hilliard, Oliver Ames – J4-08.00
7. Addie Ruter, Foxboro – J4-08.00
1. Kiyanni Simas, Milford – 17-11.75
2. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 17-08.50
3. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 17-04.00
4. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 16-10.25
5. Ashley Kirley, Mansfield – 16-06.75
6. Katherine Oliver, Canton – 16-04.75
7. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 16-03.50
8. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 15-08.75
1. Simone Dunbar, Sharon – 37-02.00
2. Sydney O’Shea, King Philip – 34-10.50
3. Heidi Lawrence, King Philip – 35-01.75
4. Anna Buckley, Mansfield – 34-06.50
5. Maya Ashu, Stoughton – 33-08.25
6. Caleigh Wilson, Milford – 33-07.00
7. Marissa Daley, North Attleboro – 33-00.50
8. Anna Cliff, Franklin – 32-03.00
Franklin built a pair of leads but Taunton erased both of them, using a three-run fifth inning to take the lead for good in a 7-5 win.
The Panthers seized a 2-0 edge in the top of the second inning only for the Tigers to answer with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Franklin’s offense struck for two runs in the third to tie it and took the lead once again with a single run in the fourth, but Taunton rallied for a second time by plating three runs in the fifth.
“We knew we were going to be in for a good one today,” said Taunton head coach Blair Bourque. “Franklin is always a perennial powerhouse so we knew what we were getting into. I told them the guys before the game they might get punched in the mouth, and I wanted to see how they’d respond. I was really proud of them for having good, quality at-bats. We were moving guys over, hitting the ball hard, putting pressure on them.
“It’s a great group, really hard working. I can’t say enough about the camaraderie, really happy to be coaching them.”
Trailing 5-4 and down to the final nine outs in the bottom of the fifth, junioe Dawson Bryce hustled down the first base line and slid in head-first for a leadoff infield single. Two pitches later, junior Ryan MacDougall smacked his second single of the day to put the go-ahead run on base.
Senior Colby DeCouta delivered the biggest of the game, driving a double to the outfield to bring in both runs for a 6-5 lead. An error allowed DeCouta to move up to third and two batters later, junior Brady Boucher laid down the squeeze bunt to bring DeCouta home for a key insurance run.
“It’s about piecing things together, and we had some fundamental baseball with some small ball,” Bourque said. “We work on it quite a bit and even though Brady’s hitting the ball pretty well, we felt like we wanted to make sure we get that run across and he did a great job and it was great execution, both Brady’s bunt, and Colby’s read. Having that two-run lead is huge, that’s really important. That comes from doing the little things.
“I give a lot of credit to Colby, he’s the leader on the team right now. He got them together and got them going, making sure we were confident in our ability to come back. I think we have one of the better offensive teams that we’ve had in a while. Colby’s a leader behind the plate, and on the bench, and he deserves a lot of credit for making sure, mentality-wise and confidence-wise, that they could come back.”
MacDougall, who took over in the top of the fourth inning, stranded a runner on third with a strikeout to end the sixth inning. Franklin kept fighting until the end, as Ben Jarosz (walk) and Henry Digiorgio (single) both reached with two outs but MacDougall ended the game with his seventh strikeout.
MacDougall finished with just one run allowed, as the first batter he faced — Ryan Gerety — singled and scored on a base hit by Evan Raider. The only other hit he allowed was to Digiorgio just before the final out.
Taunton senior Evan Cali started on the mound and pitched three solid innings, allowing four runs but just two earned while striking out three.
“We don’t really have that number one [pitcher],” Bourque said. “Evan’s a great pitcher, Ryan’s a great pitcher but in years past, we’ve had college-level pitching, we don’t have that this year. So we’re going to have to trust our defense, put the ball in play, and help them out as much as we can. We need the pitchers to throw strikes and they did that today.
“Evan did a great job keeping us in the game early, his pitch count started to get a little high. Ryan came in and did really well. We were able to come back and put a couple runs on the board.”
Jarosz laced a one-out double in the top of the second and came around to score two at-bats later on a double from Joe Tirrell. Gerety followed with a hard hit ball over the right fielder’s head for a triple, scoring speedy courtesy runner Luke Sidwell to make it 2-0.
Braden Sullivan led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk and moved to third on a base hit by Shawn Cali, who took second on the throw. A ground ball snuck past third and stayed fair for Boucher, bringing Sullivan home. Jack Gobin followed with a base hit of his own to tie the game, and Andrew Cali reached safely on a bunt.
With the bases loaded, Evan Cali brought a run home on a fielder’s choice with the force out at second. Bryce added another single for the Tigers, bringing Taunton’s fourth run of the inning home.
Franklin chipped away at the lead right away as Raider and Eisig Chin both reached on infield errors by the Tigers. Jase Lyons made them pay with an RBI single to right field to cut the deficit down to one. With runners on the corners and two outs, Digiorgio delivered a single to bring the tying run home to make it 4-4.
Franklin starter Jacob Jette (4.1IP, 9H, 4K, 1BB) retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, sandwiching a pair of fly balls to the outfield around a web gem of a catch from Jarosz at third.
“This is always a tough place to come play, they have a great club,” said Franklin head coach Zach Brown. “We knew coming into the game it was going to be back-and-forth, you know that’s real competition. They do good things, we do good things. Unfortunately at the end of the pendulum today, they had the upper hand.
“But what I really liked from our guys is they kept fighting. They could have folded but even down to two outs, we were scrapping and clawing to get the tying run on base with a chance there at the end. It didn’t go our way today but we’ll learn from it and hopefully, it will fuel our desire to continue to work hard during practice and heighten our attention to detail.”
Taunton baseball (3-0 Hockomock, 3-0 overall) will hit the road on Wednesday for a trip to Canton. Franklin (3-1, 3-1) is on the road again on Wednesday with a trip to Community Field to take on North Attleboro on tap.