Hornets Outscore Sharon to Close in on Playoffs

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Katy Garvin (17) scored eight goals and assisted on three others to lead Mansfield to a win over Sharon in a shootout at Alumni Field. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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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.

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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.

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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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Moran, Mansfield Prevail in Extras Against Taunton

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Mansfield’s Kyle Moran pitched all 10 innings and allowed just one unearned run to lead the Hornets to a win. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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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.

Right from the start, both Hornet senior starter Kyle Moran and Taunton right-handed junior hurler Logan Lawrence were on the money.

So it wasn’t a huge surprise when the teams headed into extra innings knotted at 1-1.

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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.

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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.”

Mansfield baseball (8-2 Hockomock, 9-2 overall) is back in action on Monday when it hosts North Attleboro. Taunton (5-4, 7-5) will host Stoughton on the same day.