Even more so was the case when the 16th-seeded Hornets hosted the 17th-seeded Bombardiers in an MIAA Division 1 South Preliminary Round game, with each team’s season hanging in the balance.
And with seven of the last 10 meetings dating back to 2015 having been decided by two or fewer runs, its no surprise that Thursday’s contest came down to the final inning.
In a see-saw battle that saw Mansfield take its second lead of the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, Attleboro responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for the third time and junior Emily Gittle (7IP, 11H, 2BB, 5ER, 13K) struck out the side in the bottom half to give the Bombardiers a 7-6 win.
“It doesn’t matter what the records are, it’s just one of those games,” said Attleboro coach Mark Homer. “It’s a really good rivalry, it was a great game today. You have to be able to come back from things like errors and that’s what good teams do because you can’t play a perfect game. And our big players came through when we needed them.
“The kids persevered. We had the same type of game against Franklin, so we’ve been there before. We’re never out of it, especially when it’s one run. [Mansfield] is a good team, they battle, they find ways to get runs too. Those Bendanillo’s are two really tough outs. Emily Gittle was strong in the circle, a quiet 13 strikeouts tonight. We had some errors but I thought we got some big outs today at the right time.”
The Bombardiers had the first lead in the game after scoring in the first inning, the Hornets seized the advantage with three runs in the fourth, Attleboro jumped back in front with four runs in the fifth before setting up a frantic finish.
“This is how it’s been every time we play them,” said Mansfield head coach Lori Letendre. “I think if you play two more innings, it could have gone the other way. It’s that type of game every time we play Attleboro, unfortunately, they got us all three times this season.
“We hit the ball well today just not when we needed it most. That’s been the story of our season, leaving runners on base and having runners in scoring position and not getting the hit we needed. We had the bases loaded twice, runners on second and third at least once, we had our chances…just couldn’t get it done.”
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Hornets struck for three runs to go back in front for the second time. Senior Sydney Woods clubbed a leadoff double and moved to third on a single from sophomore Ella Verheggen. Verheggen stole second but Gittle got a strikeout and a groundout to get the first two outs.
Kara Bendanillo battled to a walk to load the bases and all runners moved up a base with Woods coming in to score to bring the Hornets within one. Senior Megan Letendre drew another walk to load the bases again, bringing the Hornets’ top offensive player in Mady Bendanillo.
The senior delivered, lacing a single through the left side to bring in two runs to put Mansfield up 6-5 and the pressure on the Bombardiers with just three outs left.
Attleboro came up with a big response as freshman Hailey Perry drew a leadoff walk and classmate Meghan Gordon advanced the run into scoring position after Mansfield starter Sarah Cahill (7IP, 7H, 3BB, 6ER, 4K) induced a ground ball out. Freshman Lindsey Perry singled to put runners on the corners with the Bombardiers’ top offensive threat McKenzie Bergdoll coming to the dish.
Bergdoll delivered the clutch hit the visitors needed, blasting a double deep to left to bring in both runs and putting her team back ahead, a lead they’d hold onto for the win.
“It was the best [Bendanillo] against the best [Bergdoll] and we happened to be the last one standing,” Homer said. “That’s the way you want it to be. You come from behind like that, that’s great for the team, it’s good to persevere because we play a very good team on Saturday.”
Bergdoll put the visitors on the board in the top of the first inning. Gordon smacked a double to start the game and then stole third when Lindsey Perry took ball four and was walked. Bergdoll hit a fly ball deep enough to left for a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
Mansfield’s offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth and used a combination of hits and Bombardier errors to jump in front. Kara Bendanillo led off with hard-hit single to left and took third when the ball was misplayed. An infield error allowed Letendre to reach and Bendanillo to score to tie the game. Senior Caty DeMassi followed with an RBI triple and scored herself when the throw home sailed high, putting the Hornets up 3-1.
The Bombardiers mounted a comeback just a half inning later with four runs on their own. Kayla Battisti led off with a single and Gittle reached on a throwing error, putting runners on the corner. Hailey Perry drove in a run with a single and Gordon followed with a triple to bring two more runs in. A single from Lindsey Perry brought in the fourth run of the inning to put Attleboro head 5-3.
Freshman Hailey Perry, Lindsey Perry, and Meghan Gordon combined for five hits, five runs, and five RBI in the win.
“The bats came alive, and again at the end,” Homer said. “The Perry’s and Meghan Gordon…they are all freshmen. It was huge to get hits from all parts of the lineup.”
FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin entered the postseason with just two losses (both in double overtime) and with its highest-ever seed (No. 2). The Panthers rolled through a perfect league campaign, going 10-0 in the Hockomock, while compiling both the league’s best attack and its stingiest defense.
So, all the pressure was definitely on the Panthers when they opened up the state tournament at Pisini Stadium on Tuesday night against division rival Mansfield. The Hornets were playing with house money, having won the final three games of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs and having lost to Franklin by 20 goals a month ago.
When Jake DiSangro scored with just under six minutes left to go in the opening quarter, cutting the Franklin lead to 2-1, the Hornets bench exploded and there was a fleeting moment where an upset seemed possible.
But, the Panthers responded with two goals in 29 seconds and rattled off seven straight goals to close out the quarter with a 9-1 lead. Franklin never looked back, going up by 14 at halftime, and, despite Mansfield scoring the game’s final five goals, comfortably advancing to the second round with a 19-8 victory.
The combination of junior attackers Jake Davis and Ben Greco and sophomore Matt Lazzaro proved especially potent again for the Panthers on Tuesday. Greco and Lazzaro are cousins and Verrochi said they refer to Davis as “the third cousin.” That familiarity was on display as they combined for 16 of the team’s 19 goals and added 11 assists as well.
“They’ve been playing together since they were young kids,” Verrochi said of his attacking trio. “They just really respect one another and they just do a real nice job moving the ball. It’s just fun to watch when they’re on.”
Davis got things going just about a minute into the game with a rip from the left side under the bar. Ninety seconds later, Greco found Lazzaro cutting through the middle and he went behind-the-back to double the early lead. DiSangro answered four minutes later with Mansfield’s first, managing to beat Franklin goalie Will Davis with a shot while being knocked to the ground.
That goal seemed to spring Franklin to life.
Jacob Alexander, the newly-selected league MVP, won the ensuing face-off and quickly got the ball to Greco, who fed Lazzaro for a goal. Mansfield’s momentum lasted all of eight seconds. Twenty-one seconds after that Greco to Lazzaro made it 4-1.
Lazzaro (seven goals and three assists) hit a cutting Davis (seven goals and two assists) not once, but twice to add to the advantage. Greco (two goals and six assists) took one himself, squeezing past the Mansfield defense and beating goalie Joe Plath (11 saves) from a tight angle. Owen Kielty took a hit but still got a lot on a shot from distance to make it 8-1 and then Nitin Chaudhury wound up in traffic for a ninth just before the end of the quarter.
“We tried to slow them down,” said Mansfield coach Tim Frias. “We implemented a zone a little bit to slow down the high-powered offense but they’re good. They’re No. 2 for a reason.”
Despite Mansfield’s switch to a zone defense, Franklin figured out ways to manufacture space and the ball movement continued to open up scoring chances.
“The kids solved the zone pretty well,” said Verrochi. “They were ball watching and we were fortunate to get some good, open looks. Ben Greco, he’s been doing it all year, our fast breaks, our unsettled situations, the kids just move the ball. This is probably the best ball movement from any team we’ve had.”
The Hornets started the second man-down, but managed to end the Panthers scoring run. Connor Quirk beat two Panthers on the far side trying to clear after a timeout and then he raced all the way on goal before tucking it away.
Chaudhury found Davis with his hands free for a rocket into the corner to get the hosts going again. Davis added a side-arm effort off a turnover and then assisted on Lazzaro’s fourth. With just under five minutes left in the half, Patrick Morrison scooped a ground ball in his defensive third and raced forward on the break to find Greco alone in front for his second. Eleven seconds later, Greco to Lazzaro worked again to make it 14-2.
Lazzaro scored his sixth and Tim Kolb got his first to put the Panthers up by 14 heading into the break. Nico Holmes won the face-off to start the third and powered towards goal, flicking a pass to Brady Kessler for the goal to make it 16-3. Davis added two more and Lazzaro one to push the lead to 19-3, Franklin’s largest of the game.
The Hornets didn’t stop at that point and they pushed to win the final 16 minutes of the game. Aidan Sacco got it started with a goal with 3:57 left in the third and, after a Holmes face-off win, Mansfield got a goal from Brian Rockwell.
Mansfield (8-9) would shut out Franklin in the fourth. Holmes got a goal straight from the face-off to start the quarter, Sacco assisted on a goal by Thomas Norton, and Holmes (two goals and two assists) completed his four-point night with a rocket from long-range.
“That’s all you can ask out of a team is play with pride,” said Frias. “In the second half it was the little things that you hope you take away and can build on that. Hopefully we will.”
Franklin (17-2) advances to take on No. 7 seed Natick on Thursday night.
MANSFIELD, Mass. – It was a game that saw two players reach career scoring milestones and another get significantly closer to one, as Mansfield and Sharon put on an attacking clinic Tuesday night at Alumni Field. The two teams combined for 33 goals in a game that was restarted after Monday’s storms washed out the first attempt to play it.
Katy Garvin scored eight goals and recorded three assists, moving to within seven goals of 200 for her career, and Lauren Whitman scored five times, including the 100th of her career, to power the hosts to a 19-14 win. The Hornets now need one win in their final three regular season games to qualify for the tournament.
“We’ve been trying to hammer that down the last few practice because trust me, last week they didn’t look like that,” said first-year Mansfield coach Lauryn Wilkie. “They really took it to heart. They meshed well tonight, they found the net, their passing, their movement, all come together.”
Emma Eberhardt also scored eight times, reaching 200 career goals for the Eagles exactly a year to the day after she reached the 100-goal milestone. The Hockomock League leading scorer and Lehigh University-commit has nearly 90 goals this season alone.
On Monday night, Mansfield jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the opening three minutes only to have thunderstorms end the game early. Twenty-four hours later, the Hornets got out to the same fast start, grabbing a three-goal lead inside 10 minutes. Eberhardt opened the scoring but Garvin, an Endicott College-commit, scored a hat trick to give the Hornets a lead they would never relinquish.
Cass Barbera got one back for the Eagles but then Mansfield caught the Eagles in transition. Abby Varricchione started the break and fed the ball to Hayleigh Crawford, who in turn found Whitman right in front for her first of the night. After Eberhardt cut the lead to two, Rose Wald (seven saves) made a big stop on Crawford to keep the deficit at two but Caitlin McCarthy (nine saves) answered back by denying Eberhardt from a free position.
Mansfield took advantage of the stop to double its lead. Crawford got back-to-back goals for the Hornets, both of them assisted by Olivia Murray. Eberhardt scored with a pair of bounced shots to get Sharon within two but the Hornets closed the half with three straight goals, two by Garvin and one from Crawford, to take control.
The Eagles got the first of the second half, with Eberhardt picking out Jenna Goldstein for a goal that made it 10-6, but then the visitors found themselves playing down a person for a long stretch after three yellow cards.
Garvin scooped a loose ball and scored a man-up goal and, after Eberhardt scored her milestone goal, she flicked a pass to a cutting Whitman for a 12-7 lead. Kerry McCabe added another and the lead was six goals. Bridget McManus scored while down a player to make it 13-8, but she also suffered an injury in the second half that knocked her out of the game.
“We’re hoping it’s nothing too serious, but she’s a really big presence everywhere on the field for us, so that was tough for us too,” said Sharon coach Shara Ginthwain.
Goals were flying in at both ends of the field. McCabe assisted on a Whitman goal but was answered by Eberhardt from a free position. Goldstein got her second and third to get back within three again but Garvin got a free position and made it count.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Ginthwain said. “All season this team has done a really good job of pushing to come back and it didn’t happen today but they didn’t give up and that’s huge.”
Once again Eberhardt had the response, bouncing in a shot to make the score 15-12. Garvin assisted on a Whitman goal to get it right back for the hosts but Eberhardt was there again for the Eagles. Down by three, Goldstein had a chance in front but was stuffed by McCarthy. On the other end, Whitman got a chance at a free position and put it away to reach a century of goals for her career.
“Big saves at crucial moments,” Wilkie said of McCarthy. “It’s no secret that Emma is a terrific attacker. We shut down almost everyone else on the team but Katie came up big a lot.”
When asked about Whitman’s career scoring milestone, Wilkie added, “She’s been waiting for that. Lauren is the type of player that you put anywhere on the field and you trust her there. Defense, transition, midfield, those are her strengths, so for her to pull off 100 goals while she’s good at all that other stuff is just phenomenal.”
There was still three minutes left, plenty of time for a few more goals. Barbera got her second and then the Hornets finished it off with Emily Vigeant and Garvin each finding the back of the net in the closing minutes to round off the scoring.
“It kind of shows where we’re at,” Wilkie said of the win. “[Sharon] beat Bishop Feehan, beat North, and we lost to both those teams, so this shows them what kind of caliber we can be and I think it was really a good moment to get this win.”
Mansfield (8-7, 6-4) will travel to Watertown on Wednesday with the chance to clinch a playoff berth. Sharon (12-6, 6-4) will travel to Ursuline Academy looking to avenge a double overtime loss from earlier this season.
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.
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
TAUNTON, Mass. – It didn’t take long for those in attendance at Taunton High School to realize runs would be hard to come by in Saturday’s matinee game between the host Tigers and the visiting Mansfield Hornets.
So it wasn’t a huge surprise when the teams headed into extra innings knotted at 1-1.
Mansfield finally broke the stalemate in the top of the 10th inning, getting a pair of runs against the Tiger’s bullpen to emerge with a 3-1 victory in a division clash.
Moran pitched all 10 innings, allowing just three hits, one walk, one hit batter, and struck out eight to earn the win. Lawrence was not involved in the decision, tossing nine innings with seven strikeouts, three hits, and two walks. Both starters allowed an unearned run.
“Kyle Moran was how we found a way to win that one,” said Mansfield skipper Joe Breen. “Obviously he pitched the whole game, he’s been a senior leader for us, he’s battled against some really good teams, including [Taunton]. We knew it was going to be a close, long game…I think Taunton only plays extra-inning games.
“We talked to Kyle about attacking hitters and keeping his pitch count down, which hasn’t been a strong suit of his but it definitely was today. He attacked guys and that allowed him to go the whole distance.”
After two scoreless extra innings pitched by Lawrence, the Tigers turned to the bullpen. Mansfield senior Mike Hargadon got things going with a hard ground ball through the left side for a one-out single. Senior Aidan Angland sliced a blooper that fell just fair down the right field line to put runners on the corners.
Breen elected to put the pressure on the defense with a suicide squeeze and Nick Dumouchel put the ball down perfectly. Taunton pitcher Justin Rollo tried to make a play at home but the throw was high and the Hargadon came in and both base runners moved up.
“Pushing one across with the safety squeeze, we had the perfect personnel out there at the time for that play,” Breen said. “We had Hargadon at third, and he’s a great baserunner…and Nick Dumouchel is a smart hitter and smart baseball player. It was the two perfect guys for that situation to put a little pressure on the defense and they executed.
“We’ve talked a lot in the last two weeks about mental toughness and how to be strong in tight games. We’re getting better with it but with a game like this, you have to be mentally engaged at all times because one play slip of focus can cost you the game. We have a lot of seniors on the field that have been here before and are battle tested and they are showing it.”
After an intentional walk, Taunton turned to sophomore Danny MacDougall on the mound. After hitting Sam Nugent to bring in one run, MacDougall got a strikeout and a fly ball to limit the bases loaded situation to just one run.
Moran closed the door with a 1-2-3 inning, the sixth time he retired the side in order in the game, to pick up the win.
“Logan pitched a great game, [Moran] pitched a great game too,” said Taunton coach Blair Bourque. “They gave us [a run] and we gave them one right back, and I think it was a matter of who was going to be able to execute at the end and they were able to do a better job than we were. We just have to make sure we continue to practice hard now and hopefully, the adversity we’re facing now will help us in the long run.”
Taunton took the lead without getting a hit in the fifth inning. Junior Jared Roderick was hit by a pitch and used head’s up base running to sprint all the way to third on a sac bunt down the third base line from Joe Crawford. Moran got a strikeout for the second out but Roderick came home a couple of pitches later on a passed ball.
Mansfield tied the game in the next half inning, also pushing a run across without a hit. Dumouchel reached on an error and took second on the same throwing error. Pinch runner Michael DeBolt took third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly from Nugent to make it 1-1.
Lawrence had a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning but the Tigers didn’t get another hit until the seventh inning. Moran got a fly ball to center in the first for the third out to erase that threat. Roderick had the second hit of the game with a one-out infield hit but Moran induced a line drive to left and got a strikeout looking for the third out.
Lawrence had his second hit of the day, a one-out bloop single to right but Morgan got back-to-back grounders with second baseman Connor Smith (four assists) and Hargadon (one put out, three assists), the shortstop, making the plays. Mansfield did not commit an error in the game while the Tigers had three.
“Going into today, we knew it’d be a close one…with all of our pieces back, we had what we felt was our best defensive line up out there and then we were able to bring some bats off the bench to do some things,” Breen said. “The guys up the middle, Hargadon and Smith, are stellar and Dumouchel is one of the best high school defensive first basemen I’ve ever coached. Just having those guys in the infield gives a pitcher confidence to go out there and throw strikes and not feel like they have to strike everyone out.”
Mansfield’s Eric Longley had a two-out single in the second but was erased trying to steal second on a nice throw from Taunton catcher Andrew Gomes. Dumouchel had a two-out single in the third but Lawrence induced a fly ball to center, and after John Carney walked with two outs in the fourth, the Taunton junior got an infield grounder to get out of the inning.
The Hornets threatened when Hargadon walked in the fifth but MacDougall turned a double play to cancel that threat.
“We’ve faced some adversity so far this year,” Bourque said. “I wouldn’t say we’re comfortable playing in this type of game but we’re used to it. Any mishandle, any errors can cost you the game. We’re battle-tested, it’s just a matter of putting some hits together and helping our pitchers a little bit.”