TAUNTON, Mass. – In the bottom of the sixth inning, Taunton put together a rally to try and regain the lead against King Philip (21-4) in Friday night’s Div. 1 South final at Jack Tripp Field. The first two batters reached and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. An intentional walk loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Rylie Murphy.
The sophomore made her first start of the playoffs, after playing a handful of games and getting fewer than 20 at-bats on varsity in the regular season, and was now up in the biggest moment of the spring against the team’s biggest rival. Taunton coach Dave Lewry admitted that adding Murphy to the lineup was a “hunch.”
It was a hunch that paid off with a South title.
Murphy battled to a 3-2 count against KP starter Elise Pereira, who was only a strike away from escaping the jam, before turning on a pitch and smacking a grounder down the third base line. KP third baseman Jess Bonner dove but the ball hit a mound of dirt in front of her, took a huge hop, and bounced into shallow left field, bringing in the game-winning runs.
“It’s like what you have in dreams, two outs, 3-2 count, bottom of the sixth inning and you just hit it and you don’t even know where it goes and all of a sudden your coach is screaming, jumping up and down and you’re so excited,” said Murphy after Taunton’s 4-2 victory, which earned the program’s first South title since 2007.
Lewry was all smiles as he talked about Murphy and the contributions she has made to the team off the field all season. He said, “A kid who sits the bench all year, cheering for everybody, and comes into this game and gets the winning hit, unbelievable.”
He added, “She’s a kid that puts the bat on the ball all the time. You’ve got to put the bat on the ball to get hits. If you swing and miss or take a called third then you’re not going to get anything.”
The Warriors were far from finished. In the top of the seventh, Bonner ripped a hard line drive to third but Jaime Brown knocked it down and made the play for the first out. Brooke Taute and Brianna Lacy were both hit by pitches from freshman Kelsey White to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
“Probably the most nervous she got all year was hitting two batters in the last inning,” said Lewry of White. He gathered the team in the circle to settle everyone down. “That’s one of her traits, she’s just so composed,” he added. “She’s amazing, I love her demeanor out there on the mound.”
White got a pop-up in foul ground and a soft liner that shortstop Hanna Aldrich made a nice running catch on to end the game. It meant the Tigers won the season series with KP, after splitting two games in the regular season (and losing the Kelley-Rex title to the Warriors) and fulfilled a mission for the team’s three seniors and for Brown, who was an eighth grader when Taunton made the final in 2015 but lost to Silver Lake.
“Since my eighth grade year, being here and losing, we’ve been working for this for so long,” Brown explained. “It gave you that pit in the bottom of your stomach. There was no other option; we knew we were winning today.”
Taunton took the lead for the first time in the second inning. Kelsey White lined a one-out single to left and her sister Alexa, a junior second baseman, drilled a double down the leftfield line to bring in the game’s first run.
As expected in a rivalry that is fast becoming one of the best in the state, one run was not going to be enough. KP battled back in the top of the fourth to jump in front.
Hailey McCasland led-off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout. Faith Turinese singled to right but the runner had to hold at third. After Turinese stole second, KP coach Norm Beauchemin called for a Pereira squeeze bunt, but Kelsey White fielded her position well to scoop the ball to catcher Kya Enos for the second out.
The Tigers nearly got out of the inning unscathed, but Aldrich bobbled a Bonner grounder to extend the inning and bring in the tying run. Taute followed that by crushing a ball to dead center that was inches from being gone. Instead it was an RBI-double to put KP up 2-1.
“We didn’t beat ourselves tonight and that’s what I’m proud of,” said Beauchemin of the Warriors battling back. “We know we’re going to have a tough game and they expect a tough game on their end as well.”
Taunton almost came right back to tie it after Handrahan started the bottom of the fourth with a double, but she was stranded. In the fifth, the Tigers did even the score. Paige Silvia lined a double to left center and moved to third on a sac bunt by Murphy. Brown grounded a ball to KP shortstop Meghan Gorman, who was playing deep enough to allow the run to score.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been more confident in this team in years. Even when we were down, we knew we could pick it up,” said Brown. When asked about the contributions from the bottom of the order, she added, “We’ve been working on it all season and trying to get that whole lineup going and it’s a perfect timing for all of it to come together.”
In the sixth inning, Handrahan again got things started with a single off the glove of Bonner, who was at full stretch going to her left. Aldrich lined a ball off the leg of Pereira and into no-man’s land in front of second base. Kelsey White’s sac bunt moved the runners into scoring position and Beauchemin called for an intentional walk of Alexa White to give KP a force at the plate.
It worked on the next hitter, as Silvia’s grounder to Bonner turned into the second out when the third baseman gunned down the lead runner. Murphy came up next and with the pressure on, she delivered the hit that decided the South title.
“It wasn’t only the lucky break,” said Beauchemin, “they earned the first two runs and of course they got a lucky break, but such is life. I thought it was two evenly-matched teams coming into this game.”
Lewry said, “It took kind of a bad-hop ground ball to make the difference, but we’ll take it all the time. These kids don’t quit. They’ve got a lot of guts and they hung in there and found a way to come back and do the job.”
Murphy tried to reflect on what was going through her mind as she stepped up to the plate in the decisive moment, knowing that this was a chance to not only win the game, but also to give the upperclassman the title that they have been craving since their last final appearance four years ago.
“It’s so overwhelming,” she said. “I’m just so glad that I got to be to be able to be in the game and be around to hit the ball. I just feel so amazing to win.
“I’ve never wanted to win this for them and for everybody so badly in my entire life.”
Taunton (24-2) will face the winner of Methuen and Newton North in the state semifinal on Tuesday night at Martin Field in Lowell.
By Brian Hines, HockomockSports.com Contributor
TAUNTON, Mass. – King Philip has had no problem scoring runs all season, so after their bats were silenced for three innings, the sense was that an offensive explosion was coming.
And that’s exactly what happened.
After Meghan Duffy doubled and scored on a sacrifice squeeze in the second inning to give the Wamps a 1-0 lead, the Warriors plated six runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good, on their way to a 9-3 win in Wednesday night’s Div. 1 South semifinal at Jack Tripp Field.
“They obviously never quit and they have a lot of confidence in themselves even when we were down 1-0,” King Philip coach Norm Beauchemin said about his team. “[Braintree has] an extremely good pitcher but they always thought they could come back and score at least two runs.”
The fourth inning rally started with back-to-back singles, then a misplayed ball loaded the bases for the Warriors. Catcher Brianna Lacy laced a one out single, driving in two runs and opening up King Philip’s first lead of the afternoon.
The runs didn’t stop there, as Sydney Phillips scored Lacy two batters later through a sacrifice fly. After another error scored Phillips, Meghan Gorman ripped a single to score two more for the Warriors.
“Today we scored,” Beauchemin said. “It’s not how many hits you get its when you get the hits and today we got the hits when we needed them. We took advantage of whatever mistakes they made, but for the most part our girls played very intelligent today, very intelligent game.”
After surrendering six runs in the fourth, the Wamps continued to fight back, but the Warriors had an answer every time.
In the fifth, Kara Paquin’s RBI double gave the Wamps life, but King Philip answered with two runs of their own after three consecutive singles.
Braintree again added a run in the sixth looking to get back into the game, but King Philip matched them yet again after scoring on a pass ball.
“We kept matching them when they scored,” Beauchemin said. “They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t a good team, plain and simple. You got four really good teams here so anybody is capable of beat anybody at this point.”
The offensive outburst was due to the same approach they’ve followed all year: being aggressive. The Warriors had seven stolen bases and laid down two bunts, both part of the six-run fourth inning.
“We’re aggressive all the time, we’ve got the talent to be aggressive,” Beauchemin said. “We try to do whatever they’ll give us. If it looks like we can put the bunt down we’ll put the bunt down, if it looks like we’ll have to swing away well swing away. We do whatever the other team wants to give us and we have the personnel to take advantage of whatever mistakes the other team makes.”
For as good as King Philip’s offense was, starting pitcher Elise Pereira was very economical on the mound.
The right-handed senior threw an 89-pitch (71 for strikes) complete game for the Warriors. Pereira was able to limit the Wamps damage all game, including ending the Wamps second inning rally with back-to-back strikeouts.
King Philip (21-3) advances to take on league rival Taunton in the Division 1 South Finals on Friday night at 7:00 back at Jack Tripp Field.
PLAINVILLE, Mass. – As the warm weather has rolled in, so have the dominant performances from King Philip’s Elise Pereira.
The senior right-handed pitcher has been superb in the circle over the past few weeks for the Warriors and has also shined at the plate as well.
That was the case again on Tuesday afternoon as Pereira earned the win in the circle and highlighted offensive attack with a grand slam in the third inning, helping King Philip pick up its most impressive win of the season, 12-2, over Milford.
The win snapped the Scarlet Hawks’ 43-game win streak dating back to early 2017. It also clinches the second straight Kelley-Rex title for the Warriors.
“Elise has been phenomenal for the last three or four weeks,” said King Philip head coach Norm Beauchemin. “Her bad games were in cold weather at the beginning of the season. We basically weren’t playing great ball anyways. If you look at her earned run average after the second Newton North game, it’s minuscule. Since then she’s been lights out.”
Pereira allowed two runs on five hits and just one walk in a complete game effort, striking out six. Milford had three of its five hits in the fourth inning and scored both of its runs in that frame. Pereira only allowed three base runners in the other six innings.
“Her off-speed has been strong all year,” Beauchemin added. “That was her pitch last year and she threw it too many times. This year she’s got a lot of confidence hitting the corners, her curveball is working, everything is working. She’s using the whole plate – up and down, side to side. She’s just been lights out.”
“Tip your cap to KP, they played a great game,” said Milford head coach Steve DiVitto. “Pereira was excellent, she kept us off balance all game. We were able to put the bat on the some on the second and third time through but you just have to tip your cap, today was their day. It most certainly wasn’t our day but I’m proud of the way the girls continued to battle and fight. They played a full seven and that’s what you look for at this time of the year.
After a quiet first two innings for both sides, King Philip made a big splash in the bottom of the third. Bri Lacy lined a single into right to lead off and Nicole Carter laid down a sac bunt to move courtesy runner Marjorie Guerrier to second.
A single from Sydney Phillips put runners on the corners and Hailey McCasland reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with one out. Meg Gorman drove in the first run with a single, keeping the bases loaded. After an out, Pereira hit a sharp line drive over the center field fence at the PAL fields for a grand slam.
Two pitches later, Jess Bonner got a hold of one and launched it over the fence in left for a 6-0 lead. The Warriors loaded the bases again, all with two outs, but Kelley Reichert induced an infield pop up to escape further damage.
“We hit the snots out of the ball,” Beauchemin said “We had 12 hits today….we don’t have fictitious batting averages, ours are earned. Our batting average against [the Davenport] division is 0.489 as a team. And I don’t think we lowered it today. We bat 0.379 against [the Kelley-Rex] so when you compare apples and apples, and oranges and oranges, we’re not a bad team.
“This team likes being the underdogs because they have the toughness that it takes. [Milford] is a tough team too. This [score] is unusual, but we’ll take it. I’d rather 12-2 than 4-3.”
Milford responded in the top half of the third as Kate Irwin raced around to third for a leadoff triple. A sacrifice fly from Emily Piergustavo put the Hawks on the board, and Jess Tomaso followed with a single.
The Hawks had a player ejected on the next play after a close call at first but Shannon Corier came up with a line drive single to bring Tomaso in to make it 6-2 but Pereira got a strikeout to end the inning.
With the ejection, the Hawks were forced to put a field player at catcher for the remainder of the game.
KP’s Brooke Taute reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and quickly stole second. Lacy connected on an RBI double to make it 7-2. Nicole Carter reached on an infield error and Phillips loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice.
McCasland connected on a single to bring a run in, Carter scored on a passed ball, and Phillips crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Gorman to put the hosts up 10-2.
“That’s what we lacked last year…we had a lot of hits but we didn’t get the hits at the right time,” Beauchemin said of his team putting up runs in bunches. “Now we’re getting them at the right time. We have confidence 1 through 9, every girl can put the bat on the ball. We came into this game with 58 strikeouts on the season, now we’re at 59 in 21 games.
“And I think their [Milford] defense showed a little bit. When the ball is hit hard they have a little trouble catching it. It’s much easier when the ball is hit soft to you.”
The Warriors tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pereira got things started with a leadoff walk and courtesy runner Liliana Rolfe went to third on a single from Taute, who quickly stole second. A walk to Lacy loaded the bases and Rolfe raced home to score on a passed ball.
“I say this no matter who you’re playing, you’ve got to treat every opponent the same,” DiVitto said. “If you’re too up for KP and not up for other teams, that’s when you’ll get caught. Our girls are up for each game and today was no different. You want to obviously play a great game against a team like KP but you tip your cap, they had a great game and we didn’t have that timely hit and we made a couple of mistakes here or there that cost us.”
Carter brought in another run with a line drive single to center to plate Taute but Milford center fielder Kate Irwin gunned the second runner down at the plate for the third out.
“I told the girls that this game is on me, it’s my fault,” DiVitto said. “It’s my job as a coach to have them prepared to play. They fought and battled but I don’t think they had their ‘A’ game and that’s on me. As their head coach, that’s on me. But I told them that’s not going to happen again. We’ll have a great practice tomorrow and get ready for Senior Day against another great team in North Attleboro.”
Today’s games are listed below.
King Philip, 6 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – King Philip rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to steal a win on the road against Oliver Ames. Sophomore Robbie Jarest had a two-run triple to push across Chris Sawyer and Jeremy Rhines for the tying and winning runs for the Warriors. OA took a 2-0 lead in the fifth before KP cut the lead in half with a Jarest sacrifice fly that scored Timmy Nault (three hits). The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth before KP rallied in the top of the seventh. David Morganelli allowed one earned run in five innings of work. For OA, Jacob Levine was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored and Chris Pearsons went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Matt Muir went 6.2 innings on the mound and gave up only two earned runs for the Tigers.
Sharon @ Milford – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/23 at 4:00.
Canton, 17 vs. Randolph, 0 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Bishop Feehan, 1 – Final (8 inn.) – King Philip scored its first run on its first hit of the game and plated the winning run off of the final hit of the game to beat Feehan. Sydney Phillips (two hits) put the Warriors up 1-0 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. Feehan tied the game in the sixth inning. Brooke Taute drove in Faith Turinese (two hits) with a single in the eighth inning to KP a walk-off win. Elise Pereira pitched a complete game, allowing five hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out four.
Sharon @ Milford – Postponed to Wednesday, 5/23 at 4:00.
Canton, 12 @ Milton, 3 – Final – Seven different players found the back of the net for the Bulldogs led by senior Dylan Cunningham, who had a goal and two assists. Sam Walsh, Jack Albert, and Jace Emma made solid contributions in front of goalies Jack Connolly and Dylan Coyne.
Canton, 8 vs. Milton, 18 – Final – Caroline Tourgee and Leah McClellan each scored a pair of goals and both assisted on a goal for the Bulldogs, who also got 13 saves from Vicki Revanche in the loss. Maggie Connolly had a goal and an assist for the second day in a row, Molly Colburn scored a pair of goals, Kaitlyn Goyetch had one goal, and Alexa Maffeo had a pair of assists for Canton.
Foxboro, 18 vs. Hingham, 8 – Final
Mansfield, 18 @ Holliston, 20 – Final
Milford, 13 vs. Assabet Regional, 8 – Final
Oliver Ames, 8 @ Weymouth, 9 – Final
North Attleboro @ King Philip – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Mansfield @ Westwood – Postponed to Tuesday, 5/29 at 4:00.
Sharon @ Milford – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
King Philip @ North Attleboro, 3:45
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to Thursday, 5/24 at 3:45.
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Milford @ Millis, 6:00
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Taunton scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning but Attleboro chipped away with single runs in the third and fourth innings and then scored the winning run in the top of the fifth. Dakota Kirby had a leadoff single in the third and scored when Jon Candiales drew a bases-loaded walk. In the fourth, Troy Gamache led off with a single and scored to tie the game on an RBI double from James Weir. The Bombardiers took the lead in the fifth when Corey McKenna had a two-out single, stole second, and scored on an RBI single from Gamache. Ryan Morry earned the win, allowing two first-inning runs in a complete game effort. Morry allowed six hits — four in the first inning — before settling down, striking out three and walking one.
North Attleboro, 13 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final – North Attleboro’s Nate Pearce launched a grand slam in the second inning, highlighting the Rocketeers’ sixth run frame in a win over Foxboro. North scored two runs in the first inning and tacked on five more in the third inning. Nick Sinacola improved to 7-0 on the season, allowing one run on two hits and one walk, striking out six in four innings of work. Matt Seavey earned the save, striking out five in three innings of work. Brendan McHugh went 3-for-3 and Zach DeMattio was 2-for-2 with five RBI.
Stoughton, 9 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Stoughton got off to a great start, pushing across six runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Black Knights added three more in the second inning to build a large lead. Evan Gibb got the win on the mound, going 6.2 innings with three earned runs allowed on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Gibb, Ruben Gonzalez, and George Currier each had two hits. James Genest added a two-run single, Robbie Seaman had a double with two walks, and Mike Nazzaro had two RBI and two stolen bases. Jack Brown got his first varsity hit and Tim Kellogg played stellar defense in the field for the Black Knights.
King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Franklin senior Jake Noviello scattered five hits, struck out five, allowed two runs and didn’t issue a walk in a complete game effort to lead the Panthers to a win. Steve Luttazi (two doubles, RBI, run) and Jack Nally (RBI, run) each had two hits for the Panthers while Alex Haba (triple, run), Jake Macchi (RBI), and Colby Fitzgibbons (double) each had a hit. Pat Limerick (RBI, run), Jeremy Rhines (RBI), and Ian Zimmerman each had a hit for KP.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final (8 inn.)
Taunton, 21 @ Attleboro, 6 – Final (6 inn.) – Taunton held a one-run lead after five innings but exploded in the sixth for 15 runs to get the win. Kya Enos had four hits, including a double, with five RBI and four runs, Hanna Aldrich (double, home run, six RBI) and Mackenzie Handrahan (two runs) each had three hits, and Liana Duarte went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Jaylin Couto got the win with four strikeouts and three runs allowed in 3.2 innings of work. Kelsey White came on in relief and struck out five with two runs allowed in 2.1 innings of work.
Canton, 0 @ Stoughton, 7 – Final – Gina Carafa was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored, Karly Estremera and Nikki Coppola each had two hits, and Taylor Levine contributed with a hit and two RBI. Carafa picked up her sixth win of the season, striking out five and allowing only four hits.
Foxboro, 3 @ North Attleboro, 16 – Final – Bella Erti struck out sixth, recording her 100th of the season and went 3-for-4 with a double at the plate to pace the Rocketeers to a win over Foxboro. Olivia Capobianco was 3-for-3, including a leadoff home run and had four RBI, Annabelle Hebard added three hits and two runs, and Jaclyn Buckley had two hits and four RBI. Emily Nardelli and Stephanie Inglese both added two hits while Emily Pastore and Katherine Munley had one hit apiece and a run scored.
Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 9 – Final – Brooke Taute set the tone early with a first-inning grand slam to help the Warriors sweep the season series against Franklin. Sydney Phillips, Jessica Bonner (two-run home run) and Brianna Lacy each had two hits. Elise Pereira pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits while striking out five.
Oliver Ames, 9 @ Mansfield, 7 – Final
Taunton, 2 @ Attleboro, 12 – Final
Foxboro, 7 @ Xaverian, 17 – Final
Franklin, 17 vs. Dover-Sherborn, 7 – Final – Franklin’s offense had another strong game, picking up a win over D3 powerhouse Dover-Sherborn. Eric Civetti was responsible for 10 of those goals, scoring seven and assisting on three more. Jake Davis (three goals, one assist), and Matt Lazzaro (two goals, two assists) each had four points while Nitin Chaudhury and three assists. Jacob Alexander dominated the face-off X, winning 24 of 28 attempts. Connor O’Rourke made nine saves while Will Davis came in and made two stops.
King Philip @ Westford Academy, 5:00
Mansfield, 11 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final
North Attleboro, 8 @ Scituate, 7 – Final
Oliver Ames, 17 @ Southeastern, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames recorded its 12th win of the season, setting a new program mark for regular season wins. The Tigers had 11 different goal scorers in the win with Owen Gallagher leading the way with three goals and three assists.
Taunton vs. Southeastern, 3:30
Attleboro @ Oliver Ames, 3:45
Canton, 7 @ Holliston, 15 – Final – Leah McClellan scored three goals and assisted on three others for the Bulldogs in the loss. Maggie Connolly had a goal and an assist, while Caroline Tourgee, Molly Colburn and Rachel Beatty had one goal apiece. Vicki Revanche made 21 saves in defeat.
Foxboro, 13 @ Wellesley, 14 – Final
King Philip, 15 vs. Bishop Feehan, 4 – Final – Caroline Klim continued her all-star season with six goals to lead KP to a big win over a potential playoff opponent. Alli Meehan added four goals and an assist and Olivia Tormey had two goals and an assist for the Warriors. KP also got goals from Shayla Weitzman, Jess Sullivan, and Mackenzie Mazur.
North Attleboro, 4 vs. Natick, 18 – Final – Julia Tolfa scored two goals for North but the Rocketeers fell at home to Natick.
Sharon, 13 @ Ursuline Academy, 12 – Final – For the second time this season, the Eagles rallied from four goals down at halftime to beat Ursuline. Sharon went on an 8-3 run in the second half and won the game on Sabrina Robbins’ fourth goal of the afternoon with just one second remaining. Emma Eberhardt scored five goals to lead the Eagles, adding the 100th of her career in the process. She also had two assists. Rose Wald made nine saves, including six in the second half. Maeve Barbera scored a pair of goals and Cass Barbera and Lydia Chase each had one.
Taunton, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Canton, 3 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Stoughton won at first and second singles but the Bulldogs got the win at third singles and swept doubles play to beat the Black Knights. Freshman Minh Duong won 7-5, 6-2 at third singles, the team of Charlie Malloy and Aidas Jakubenas earned a 7-6, 6-3 win at first doubles and Ethan Nguyen and Justin Luk picked up a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win at second doubles. Stoughton freshman Waseem Sablon won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles and junior Erik Anderson earned a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles.
Foxboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro’s three singles players combined to lose just a single game in a convincing sweep over Foxboro. Richard Bermudez won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles while Christian Bermudez and Jonah Manso each won 6-0, 6-0 at second and third singles, respectively. Ben Pfeffer and Vikram Senthilakumaran pulled out a 6-3, 6-2 win at first doubles and senior Alex Rinaldi and freshman Sam Gallagher notched their fourth straight win, 6-3, 6-2, at second doubles.
Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 5 – Final – King Philip clinched its second straight Kelley-Rex title with a sweep over Franklin. Marco DiStefano earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at first singles, Nick Putney prevailed 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and Jack Cannon won 6-1, 6-4 at third singles. The team of Sean Desroches and Nate Ihley emerged with a 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 at first doubles and Nick Ihley and Aidan Ignatius teamed up for a 6-1, 6-0 victory at second doubles.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final
Sharon, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 0 – Final – Sharon swept the first of two matches with Martha’s Vineyard, winning all five matches with proset rules. Fred Bondar won 8-2 at first singles, Andre Olivei earned an 8-6 win at second singles and Danujan Thirumavalavan won 8-5 at third singles. The team of Max Brody and Ashwin Sreevatsa picked up an 8-5 win at first doubles and Arie Chinnappan and Alex Asprevailedaled 8-5 at second doubles.
Sharon, 3 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 2 – Final – Sharon earned its second win on the day with a 3-2 proset win. Fred Bondar won 8-3 at first singles, Danujan Thirumavalavan earned an 8-7 (7-1) win at third singles, and Arie Chinnappan and Alex Aspel recorded an 8-2 win at second doubles.
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 5 – Final – Taunton earned its second win of the season over the Bombardiers, this time taking all five matches and doing so in straight sets. Junior Jillian Pagliuca won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, senior Vanessa Rosa picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles, and freshman Jocelyn Pagliuca walked away with a 6-0, 6-0 decision at third singles. Juniors McKenzie Lucie and Samantha Martin won 6-0, 6-3 at first doubles and seniors Amanda Pugh and Gabrielle Fagundes earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles for the Tigers.
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton freshmen Natalie Keppler and Rachel Kupferman had strong performances on the day with neither losing a game in their respective matches. Keppler (first singles) and Kupferman (second) each won 6-0, 6-0 while sophomore Sarah Hernandez picked up a 6-0, 6-4 win at third singles. Senior Caitlin Matthews and sophomore Stelina Michaelidis won 6-1, 7-6 (6) at first singles and the team of seniors Jenna Moyle and Anjali Mandal earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at second doubles for the Bulldogs.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro, 3 – Final
King Philip @ Franklin, 3:45
Mansfield, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Oliver Ames swept doubles play and earned a win at third singles to edge Mansfield. Kristin Bloumbas and Emily You prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-0 at first doubles, Olivia Groebe and Rachel Stryke picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win at second doubles, and sophomore Maura Kiernan dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles. Mansfield’s Sarah Doyle recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win at first singles while Elizabeth Elsner emerged victoriously, 6-4, 7-5, at second singles.
Today’s games are listed below.
King Philip, 4 @ Franklin, 0 – Final (5.5 inn.) – King Philip got off to a strong start with three runs in the first inning. Sydney Phillips and Hailey McCasland each had two hits for King Philip while Elise Pereira gave up just one hit in five innings of work. Meg Caron had Franklin’s hit while Emily Valentino struck out two while scattering seven hits in six innings. The game was called after 5.5 innings due to lightning.
Mansfield, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final – Oliver Ames freshman Emma Varella allowed just two runs, striking out two, in a complete game effort to help the Tigers beat Mansfield. Caroline Mahoney was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Kayla Georgeu was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, and Katie Mills went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Sarah Tetrault brought in two runs with a sac fly to right in the bottom of the sixth to extend the Tigers lead to five.
Sharon, 2 @ Ursuline Academy, 7 – Final (6 Inn.) – The game was called an inning early due to lightning.
Mansfield @ Taunton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Milford @ Assabet Regional, 6:30
Oliver Ames, 7 @ Ursuline Academy, 12 – Final – Emalyn Duvall scored two goals for the Tigers while Olivia Piazza, Chloe Kilkelly, Kayla Lozzi, Olivia Carroll and Ella Hogan each tallied one goal.
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Brockton, 2 – Final
Taunton, 4 @ Durfee, 1 – Final – Taunton swept singles play and grabbed another win in doubles play to beat Durfee. Francois Hennaux won 6-1, 7-6 at first singles, Brett Beaulieu earned a 6-2, 5-5 (weather) win at second singles, Mike Briggs won 6-3, 6-4 at third singles, and the team of Charlie Fiske and Dylan Kylas picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win at first doubles.
Foxboro, 5 vs. Dighton-Rehoboth, 0 – Final – Foxboro picked up its second sweep of Dighton-Rehoboth in a week’s time, this time defending home court. Sophia Prinos (first singles), Pamela Nelson (second), and the team of Olivia Dantona and Kendall Milender (second doubles) all won 6-0, 6-0, Kayla Prag picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles, and the team of Julia Muise and Sarah Prag notched a 6-1, 6-1 win at first doubles for the Warriors.
Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Brockton, 1 – Final
Taunton, 5 vs. Durfee, 0 – Final – Taunton lost just three games in its three singles matches and just two games in its two doubles matches to beat Durfee. Jillian Pagliuca won 6-2, 6-0 at first singles, Vanessa Rosa earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at second singles, and Jocelyn Pagliuca didn’t lose a game in a sweep at third singles. The team of Samantha Martin and McKenzie Lucie won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles and Amanda Pugh and Brianna Fevrier teamed up to earn a 6-0, 6-0 win at second doubles.
Boys Outdoor Track
Taunton @ Attleboro, 3:45
King Philip @ Franklin, 3:45
Mansfield, 90 @ Oliver Ames, 18 – Final – Jareme DiLorenzo won a pair of events to help the Hornets win a rain-shortened meet against OA. DiLorenzo was first in the 100M hurdles (15.1) and won the triple jump (42′ 5.5″) to pace Mansfield.
North Attleboro, 106 @ Foxboro, 20 – Final
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to Thursday, 5/17 at 3:45.
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
Girls Outdoor Track
Taunton, @ Attleboro, 3:45
King Philip @ Franklin, 3:45
Mansfield, 78 @ Oliver Ames, 48 – Final – Mansfield’s Amanda Mangano had a day to remember, breaking a school record, setting two PRs, and winning three events in the Hornets’ win over OA. Mangano clocked in at 12.0 in the 100M to break the school record, set another PR in the long jump (17’7), and took first in the high jump (5’2). Madison Haughey had a PR in the 100M hurdles with a winning time of 15.7. Haughey also placed second in the high jump and third in triple jump. Julia Hill won the triple jump (34’10), had a PR in the 400M hurdles (68.6) for second place, and took second in the long jump (15’11). Lily Goulding had a 3′ 2″ PR for a first place throw of 103’2 in the javelin.
North Attleboro, 92 @ Foxboro, 34 – Final
Stoughton @ Canton – Postponed to Thursday, 5/17 at 3:45.
Milford @ Sharon – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.
The hosts came out swimming, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a three-run home run, and then held off a late surge from the Warriors to earn a 4-3 win.
“I think they definitely ready to play tonight, this was an absolute must win for us when you think about the Hock championship,” said Taunton head coach Dave Lewry. “We came out with four runs in the first but kind of struggled a bit after that. We got some base runners but couldn’t come through with the clutch hit. They are a good team…that shortstop [Meghan Gorman] played a tremendous game for them, just tremendous. We just couldn’t get the base hit when we needed it [for insurance]. But the four runs held up for seven innings so we’ll take that.”
Junior Jaime Brown had a line drive double to lead off the bottom of the first, Kya Enos gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an RBI single through the left side, Mackenzie Handrahan took first after being hit by a pitch, and freshman Hanna Aldrich blasted a deep shot to center field for a three-run homer, giving Taunton a 4-0 lead.
“It’s a good spot for her,” Lewry said of Aldrich’s spot in the order. “She’s a clutch hitter for us but I don’t want her any further up in the lineup so there isn’t too much pressure on her. And she’s gotten a lot of big hits for us in the five-hole so I think its a real nice spot for her. And none bigger than tonight. When you hit the ball out to center, you crush the ball. It’s 220 out there, and that cleared by a good 20 feet if possible.”
The Tigers had a chance to add to their lead but KP starter Elise Pereira (6 IP, 8 H, 5 K) settled in nicely, only allowing five hits over the next five innings. And even when Taunton did get a hit, or looked like they might, KP shortstop Meghan Gorman had a handful of highlight reel plays to stall Taunton’s attack.
For example, in the second inning, the Tigers had runners on first (Brown via a walk) and second (Alexa White leadoff double) with just one out. But Pereira induced a pop up to center field and then Gorman robbed Enos of a hit with a diving catch at short.
King Philip got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Pereira helped her own cause with a one-out double to center and courtesy runner Liliana Rolfe came around to score on an RBI single from Jess Bonner to make it 4-1.
It looked like Taunton was going to add to its lead in the bottom of the fourth when Alexa and Kelsey White had had back-to-back singles to begin the inning but Gorman snagged a line drive and got the tag at second for the force out for an unassisted double play.
Sydney Phillips led off with a double in the fifth and made it to third with two outs, but White once again came up with the right pitch, getting a fly ball that senior centerfielder Liana Duarte tracked down and made the catch over her shoulder just before the fence.
“Liana is clearly our best outfielder, this is her fourth year in the outfield for us, Lewry said. “When a ball is hit to her, I don’t have to hold my breath. And Mack is developing into a real solid left fielder, she keeps the ball in front of her and makes the plays. And Alexa is an infielder who’s learning how to play out there and she’s doing a nice job out there. Liana definitely made some nice plays for us today. A couple of those balls, they could have been trouble and been over her heard but she made the plays.”
But an inning later, King Philip’s offense did cash in, pushing across two runs. Jess Bonner singled and moved to second on a groundout. Lacy reached after an infield throwing error, allowing Bonner to come home to make it 4-2. Courtesy runner Majorie Guerrier stole second and came in to score on a two-out single from Nicole Carter.
Sophomore Jaylin Couto came in to relieve White, inducing a pop up behind the plate that Enos made an acrobatic play on to get the third out.
“It’s hard a decision for me to get used to making because I haven’t had that in the past,” Lewry said of using multiple pitchers. “When you have a pitcher out there, she’s throwing a good game, it’s hard to pull her and put someone cold. You just hope they don’t come in and walk three batters in a row. But Jaylin did her job, she does throw hard, she had some nice stuff. The whole key there was to throw quality strikes and she did that.”
Alexa White picked up her third hit of the day, her second double, with two outs but Pereira picked up a strikeout to end the threat in the bottom of the sixth.
KP threatened in the top of the seventh when Hailey McCasland drew a walk but Brown made a phenomenal play at third, grabbing a hard hit line drive and getting the double play at first. Faith Turinese singled with two outs, and Guerrier stole second to get into scoring position, but Couto got a fly ball to center for the final out.
Taunton softball (10-2 Hockomock, 11-2 overall) moves into a first place tie with the Warriors with the win, though KP has a game in hand. The Tigers are scheduled to be back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Oliver Ames. King Philip (10-1, 12-3) will try to bounce back on Tuesday when it hits the road to take on Franklin.
Today’s games are listed below.
King Philip, 14 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – King Philip’s offense exploded for 16 hits as a team with Meghan Gorman and Faith Turinese collecting three apiece. Sydney Phillips and Hailey McCasland (four RBI) each added two hits for the Warriors. Elise Pereira allowed just one hit in five innings of work, striking out nine.
North Attleboro, 14 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – North Attleboro sophomore Bella Ertia allowed just four hits, didn’t issue a walk, and struck out seven in the Rocketeers win on the road. Erti helped her own cause with a pair of hits, including a double, while Olivia Capobianco hit a home run, Ashley Cangiano had two doubles, and Annabelle Hebard added two hits. Katie Daby had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-3, Andrea Miceli had a two-run double, and Emily Pastore had a hit and three runs scored.
Milford, 28 @ Sharon, 2 – Final (5 inn.) – Emily Piergustavo went 3-for-3, including a grand slam, and scored four runs to lead the Hawks to a big win. Kate Irwin and Jess Tomaso each had three hits in the game, including a two-run home run each. Amanda Wenckus and Megan Hart each had their first varsity hit in the win. Jody Goldenberg scored one of Sharon’s runs and drove in the second.
Taunton vs. New Bedford, 4:00
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 5 – Final – Taunton didn’t lose a single game in its three single matches in a win over visiting Attleboro. Francois Hennaux (first singles), Brett Beaulieu (second singles), and Mike Briggs (third singles) all won 6-0, 6-0 for the Tigers. The team of Charlie Fiske and Dylan Kullas won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles while Kyle Dennehy and Alex Pugh paired up for a 6-2, 6-2 win at second doubles.
North Attleboro, 5 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets to secure its 10th win of the season. Richard Bermudez won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Christian Bermudez earned a 6-0, 6-0 decision at second singles, and freshman Jonah Manso picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win at third singles. North’s first doubles team of Ben Pfeffer and Vikram Senthilakumaran prevailed 6-3, 7-5 while Sam Gallagher and Alex Pfeffer earned a 6-4, 6-0 win at second doubles.
King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – King Philip junior Marco DiStefano battled back from a one-set deficit, emerging with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory at first singles to help the Warriors edge Franklin in a battle of the top two teams in the Kelley-Rex. KP also picked up wins from Jack Cannon at third singles (6-4, 6-1) and the team of Nick Ihley and Aidan Ignatius at second doubles (4-6, 6-2, 6-3). Franklin freshman Liam Marr won 6-3, 7-6 (3) at second singles and Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu prevailed 6-3, 6-2 at first doubles.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Milford, 4 – Final
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton swept the visiting Bombardiers by winning all five matches in straight sets. Natalie Keppler won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Rachel Kupferman didn’t drop a single game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles, and Sarah Hernandez picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win at third singles. Canton’s Caitlin Matthews and Stelina Michaelidis won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles while Nyah Claiborne and Rose Hazam prevailed 7-5, 6-1 at second doubles for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – Foxboro’s Sophia Prinos didn’t lose a game in a clean sweep at first singles, leading the Warriors to a win on the road. Freshman Pam Nelson added a 6-4, 6-0 win at second singles, the team of Sarah Prag and Julia Muise won 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles, and Olivia Dantona and Kendall Millender paired up to earn a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win at second doubles. North Attleboro’s Azka Siddiq won 6-3, 6-2 at third singles.
Franklin @ King Philip, 3:45
Milford, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield earned a pair of wins in singles play, and one more in doubles to edge Milford. Freshman Aryann Khosravani won 6-3, 6-2 at second singles and Sam Sternburg prevailed with a 6-1, 0-6, 7-6 (8-6) win at third singles. The team of Tessa Garufi and Hannah Podolske were ahead 4-0 in the first set before winning by forfeit. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitz won 6-2, 6-4 at first singles and the team of Megan Larouco and Angela Pillarella won 6-4, 6-3 at second doubles for the Hawks.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – Final – Taunton and Oliver Ames’ two doubles teams battled it out, with one going three sets, the other needing a tiebreaker, but the host Tigers prevailed in both. McKenzie Lucie and Samantha Martin rallied for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at first doubles, and Amanda Pugh and Brianna Fevrier emerged 7-5, 7-6 (3) at second doubles. Taunton also picked up wins at first singles from Jillian Pagliuca (6-0, 6-0) and second singles from Vanessa Rosa (7-6 (3), 6-4). Oliver Ames’ Maura Kiernan won 6-0, 6-2 at third singles.
Canton, 90 @ Foxboro, 46 – Final – Canton’s Cordel Smith won three vents and Marquise Montes took first in two more to lead the Bulldogs to a win. Smith won the 200M (22.8), the high jump (5’11), and the long jump (19’8) while adding a second place finish in the 100M (11.5). Montes was first in the 100M (11.3) and the triple jump (39’9). Colin Messinger took first in the 2 Mile (10:33) and second in the 1 Mile (4:46.7), Riley McDonnell took first in the 400M hurdles (62.3) and third in the 400 (55.3), and Steven Brady was second in the triple jump (36’10”) and third in the 400M (55.3). Canton’s 4×100 relay team (Gersom Rivera, Junior Sainvil, Lucca Terenzio, Montes) and 4×400 relay team (Gerry Sullivan, Chris Milne, Steven Brady, Shane Graham) each placed first.
Stoughton @ Sharon, 3:45
North Attleboro, 90 @ Milford, 46 – Final
Attleboro @ Franklin, 3:45
Taunton, 31 @ Oliver Ames, 105 – Final – Oliver Ames’s Jack MacAdam took first place in four events to lead the host Tigers to a big win. MacAdam took first in the 400M hurdles, the 110M hurdles, the long jump, and the high jump. Other first-place finishes for OA included Jason Windvogel (1 Mile), Matt Campbell (400M), Ethan Eckstrom (800M), Kyle Sarney (2 Mile), Jack Mills (Shot Put), Quinn Proudley (discus, javelin), and Kalil Mater (triple jump). OA’s 4×100 (Jared Boone, Chucky Akanegbu, Aaron MacDonald, Kalil Matier) and 4×400 relay (Zane Reservitz, Ethan Eckstrom, Matt Campbell, Jason Windvogel) both placed first.
King Philip, 33 @ Mansfield, 103 – Final – Mansfield’s Mike Shannon, Jareme DiLorenzo, and Kevin McCree all won a pair of events to help the Hornets score a big win over King Philip. Shannon won the 400M hurdles (57.56) and the 400M (50.7), DiLorenzo was first in the 110M hurdles (15.3) and the long jump (21’2.5″), and McCree won the shot put (44’10”) and the discus (120′ 5″). The Hornets also swept both relays with the 4×100 relay (Khristian Conner, Greg Waters, Colin Eutsay, Joe Cappelletti) and the 4×400 relay (Dan Knight, Tyler King, Jack Rivard, Nick Horn) each taking first.
Girls Outdoor Track
Canton, 70 @ Foxboro, 66 – Final – Canton freshmen Maddie Rousseau led the way with 18 points while Olivia Rodman notched 14 points in the Bulldogs win over Foxboro. Rousseau won three events, taking first in the 100M, qualifying for states in the 200M, and first in the long jump (15’4.25″) while taking second in the triple jump (31’3.5). Rodman won the 400M (64) and the triple jump (31’6″) while taking second in the 400M hurdles and third in the long jump. Sarah Collins added two wins (400M hurdles and 800M) while Bronwyn Mahoney won the shot put (31’10”) and discus (74’4″).
Stoughton @ Sharon, 3:45
North Attleboro, 85.5 @ Milford, 50.5 – Final
Attleboro @ Franklin, 3:45
Taunton, 76 @ Oliver Ames, 60 – Final
King Philip, 56 @ Mansfield, 80 – Final – Mansfield celebrated Senior Day on Tuesday afternoon, with seniors Julia Harrison and Madison Haughey winning their final matches on the Mansfield High track. Harrison won the 100M and was a member of the winning 4×100 team while also taking second in the long jump. Haughey won the 100M hurdles, took second in the triple jump, and placed third in the high jump. Freshman Tessa Lancaster ran a 13-second PR in the mile to take first (5:38.5), junior Amanda Mangano was a two-time winner (200M, long jump), and junior Julia Hill had a 1’3″ PR in the triple jump to take first. Joining Harrison on the winning 4×100 relay team was Gabrielle Devlin, Emily Quitzau, and Samantha Hindman.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – In a battle of two of the top teams in the Hockomock League, King Philip flexed its offensive muscles against North Attleboro, starting with a big first inning and never looking back.
The Warriors plated six runs in the top of the first inning on its way to a 16-2 decision over the previously undefeated Rocketeers.
The offense started with the first pitch of the game — a line drive single from Sydney Phillips into left field — and continued throughout the opening half inning. Although Big Red had a chance to get Phillips at second for the first out, the Rocketeers were deemed to have come off the bag, giving KP first and second.
After a long at-bat, Meghan Gorman drew a walk to load the bases. North sophomore Bella Erti got the first out via strikeout but KP junior Faith Turinese drove the first pitch she saw into the outfield for a two RBI single.
After another strikeout, Elise Pereira stepped to the plate and launched the first pitch of the at-bat well over the center field fence for a three-run home run. The Warriors offense wasn’t done yet as Jess Bonner followed that up with a solo shot of her own to make it 6-0.
“I think everything we did was pretty impressive,” said KP head coach Norm Beauchemin. “We have a formidable lineup, one through nine we don’t have a weak spot. There’s a reason why the kids are where they are at in the lineup.
“This was a big game, absolutely. Every game is a big game in the Hock. You can’t relax in this league, you really can’t. I’m not trying to be cocky by any stretch of the imagination but these kids work hard.”
Pereira kept the momentum with King Philip by retiring the Rocketeers in order on just seven pitches. Pereira earned the win in the circle for the Warriors, allowing just three hits over seven innings of work. She struck out six and had just two walks.
“Elise is really, really starting to come around,” Beauchemin said. “She had a great game against Taunton and I think she pitched just as well as she did today. She’s become a leader this year.”
King Philip cashed in again with two outs in the top of the second inning. Gorman (4-for-4, five runs) reached with a single. Liliana Rolfe hit one to center that ended up getting through the fielder’s legs, and with Gorman already running on the pitch, the junior was able to get home to make it 7-0.
Annabelle Hebard drew a one-out walk for North in the bottom of the second but Pereira quickly got two outs to get out of the inning.
North Attleboro got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ashley Cangiano reached with a two-out single and advanced to third when the ball got away from KP’s outfielder. The sophomore then came home when Erti grounded to first and the throw to try and get the out at home was in the dirt.
But before North Attleboro could get any more momentum, King Philip’s bats came back to life. After being silenced for two innings, KP scored in each of the final three innings.
“That inning was huge. It wasn’t that it built us up too much but it deflated them. You never want the other team to have the momentum because it can come back and haunt you. This was a great win. Did we expect to hit the ball the way we did? Absolutely not. But are we capable? Obviously.”
In the fifth, Gorman doubled, advanced to third and then scored on an outfield error. Pereira then launched her second home run of the day, again to deep center, this one a two-run blast to put KP up 10-1.
In the top of the sixth, Hailey McCasland (single) scored on a sacrifice fly from Turinese, and Gorman stole home after a steal attempt at second was gunned down by Cangiano, North’s catcher.
And in the top of the seventh, the Warriors tacked on four more runs. Pinch hitters Reagan Simeone and Destine Goyco each singled. McCasland then drove both in with a two-out single and scored on a base hit from Gorman. Gorman then came around to score on a hit from Allie Kuchy.
Big Red added another run in the bottom of the seventh when senior Olivia DesRoches belted a pinch-hit home run over the fence.
King Philip softball (7-0 Hockomock, 8-2 overall) is back in action on Monday when it hosts Attleboro. North Attleboro (6-1, 7-1) will try to bounce back from its first setback on the same day when it welcomes Canton.