Methuen comeback falls short in state semis

TAUNTON — If the MIAA would have it in their hearts to allow a “do-over” in the state tournament season, the Methuen High girls softball team would like to have another shot at the bottom of the first inning.

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Methuen rolls in North final

The Methuen High softball team picked a pretty good time to play its most complete game of 2015. After yesterday’s convincing win, 7-1 over Medford High, the Lady Rangers can claim to be the best team north of Boston after taking the Div. 1 North title game at Martin Field. It was an almost perfect performance by Methuen: n The pitcher, Kayleigh Forgetta, was on her game, with four strikeouts, no walks and allowing seven hits. n Eight different players had hits. n The last three in the lineup — Maddie Adames, Heather McLaughlin and Morgan Adames — ­got on base seven times in eight official at bats. n No Methuen errors. n Junior catcher Kat LeFebre broke open the game with a two-run triple to right center that went to wall. “Wow, that’s what I’d call a total team effort,” said Methuen coach Jason Smith. “We’re a tough team to beat when we get contributions like that from so many players.” After playing a game of survival against Westford Academy on Thursday, a game which ended on an appeal play in Methuen’s favor, the Rangers were sharper and crisper from the opening pitch. In fact, Methuen’s pitcher, Forgetta, was among those who brought her “A-game” to Lowell. She faced only one batter over the minimum through four innings while the Methuen offense slowly did its damage. Methuen got one run in the second inning when senior Maddie Adames doubled and scored on a throwing error. Then fellow senior Nina Correia, who had three hits on Thursday, smashed a triple to left-center scoring senior Kelly Blackwell, who singled. Methuen put the game away in the fourth as Medford began to tire as the Rangers loaded the bases on a walk, error and hit-by-pitch. Amanda Conway got one run home on a sacrifice fly before catcher Kat LeFebre ripped a triple to the wall, scoring two more runs. “I just hit it hard and saw it got past the outfielders,” said LeFebre, one of the few juniors on the team. “And I just kept running and didn’t look up.” LeFebre’s battermate, Forgetta, got out of a jam in the fifth inning with two runners on and one out before giving up a scratch run in the seventh inning. “The one thing I told the girls on the bus was to have fun today,” said Coach Smith, whose team improved to 21-3. “We were a little tight at times against Westford. We hadn’t any experience with them. We played this Medford team in the state tourney last year (and won). We were very comfortable. Honestly, we had a lot of fun today.” The North champs will play Div. 1 South powerhouse Silver Lake on Tuesday at Taunton High under the lights at 7 p.m. “It’s one game at a time,” said LeFebre. “We aren’t thinking about anything other than this game. We like our team a lot, especially when everybody does their job like they did (yesterday).” Methuen 7, Medford 1 Division 1 North Final Medford (1): O’Leary lf 3-0-0, Flynn 2b 3-0-1, Napoleone ss 3-0-1, Eisnor p 3-0-1, Kearney rf 3-1-1, Farrell 1b 3-0-1, Staud 2b 2-0-2, Williams ph 1-0-1, Braga dp 3-0-0, Harbison cf 3-0-0, Mitrano 3b 0-0-0, Totals 27-1-8 Methuen (7): Amanda Conway rf 4-0-1, Coralie Mathieu lf 4-0-1, Kat LeFebre c 3-0-2, Kelly Blackwell 3b 4-1-1, Nina Correia ss 4-0-1, Kayleigh Forgetta p 4-1-2, Maddie Adames 2b 1-2-1, Heather McLaughlin 1b 3-2-1, Morgan Adames dp 2-1-0, Sam Ferraro lf 0-0-0, Totals 29-7-10 RBI: Methuen — Correia, LeFebre 2, Conway; Medford — Williams WP: Forgetta; LP: Eisnor Medford:     0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 Methuen:     0 1 1 3 2 0 0 — 7

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Softball Finals: Salem loses in 12th inning

HOOKSETT — Salem left too many chips on the table Saturday afternoon, while Dover ultimately cashed in.
As a result, the Blue Devils — despite outplaying the defending champion Green Wave much of the way — dropped a 5-2 heartbreaker in 12 innings in the Division 1 title game at Southern New Hampshire University.
“It was the type of state championship game that should be played,” said Salem coach Harold Sachs, whose club finished at 17-5. “We both had opportunities (to win) but they took advantage of their opportunity and we didn’t.”
That was particularly true in extra innings. Salem had a runner on second base with one out in the ninth and its fastest runner, Brooke Murphy, on second with no outs in the 10th, but both times Dover all-state pitcher Molly St. Germaine bore down to keep the Devils off the board.
On the other hand, the Green Wave (18-4) were pretty much kept in check in extra innings by Rachel Towler, who pitched her heart out, striking out 11 and scattering eight hits through 11 innings, but things fell apart in the 12th.
Jessie Mau led off with an infield hit, went to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a groundout. She then scored what proved the winning run on another infield hit.
Sachs then replaced Towler with Meghan O’Brien, who hit the next batter and then gave up a screaming two-run double to St. Germaine to account for the final score.
“Rachel did her job and I didn’t think it was fair to leave her in there,” said Sachs. “She had thrown over 130 pitches which is way more than she had before.
“She had a tremendous season and she is the reason we’re here. We just didn’t get her the support today when we needed to.”
Dover coach Tim Dudley was certainly happy to see Towler depart, but he felt confident that they would eventually score on her.
“I felt she (Towler) was getting a little tired,” said Dudley. “My kids were coming into the dugout saying that she was getting slower and not hitting her spots.
“(In the 12th), we had the bottom of the order up, but they had been making contact and we felt if we could get a couple of kids on, our big guns could drive them in and that’s what happened.
“This was a heck of a game, and winning (the title) was a lot more difficult than last year. That (Salem) is a very good team we beat.”
Dover had taken a 1-0 advantage in the third on a rally that included an error on a bad hop and an infield hit, but Salem took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Brooke Murphy led off with an infield hit.
Seanna Cloutier and Holly Peterson had successive doubles, the latter of which drove in a run, Mikayla Ramsdell had an infield hit and Montana Davis had a deep RBI sacrifice fly.
The drive by Montana was actually one of the key plays of the game because Dover right fielder Hannah Quituqua went back to the wall and made a spectacular catch. If she hadn’t made that catch, the Devils would have scored at least two more runs.
“That definitely was a big play for us,” said Dudley. “To get out of that inning without more damage was really important.”
Salem certainly seemed more deserving and had plenty of possible heroes. Murphy, Peterson, Ramsdell and Davis all had two hits, Madison Rastello made a beautiful diving catch in left field and Victoria Andrade played an outstanding game at catcher.
“I’ve got to give this team a lot of credit,” said Sachs. “There were times in the season when we seemed lost and had no direction, but they really came together in the tournament.”
They were just missing that final timely hit in extra innings to cap it off.

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Central's dream run ends against Medford

LOWELL — Central Catholic will never forget the stunning win over Newton North to get to the Div. 1 North semifinals, the first time ever a 25th seed knocked off the No. 1 seed.

But Central would like to forget the fourth inning yesterday against Medford.

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Sanborn softball ousted


Sanborn played well enough to win its Division 2 semifinal contest against No. 1 Goffstown, but three unearned runs proved costly in a 3-2 loss at Southern New Hampshire University.

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No. 25 Central stuns No. 1 Newton North

They are wearing stylish corn rows in their hair, wielding red-hot bats at the plate and loving life 24/7. But the magic numbers Tuesday weren't 24 and 7 but 25-1. As in No. 25 Central Catholic stunned No. 1 Newton North, 8-4, in the Division 1 North quarterfinals. Trailing 3-1 after four innings in Newton, Central had two out in the fifth before catching fire. Madison Borrelli singled, winning pitcher Olivia Antzcak (5-hitter, 4 strikeouts) singled and Karoline Leavitt (3 hits) tied it with a triple. Bella Jankowski reached on an error and Leila Camplese homered over the fence in left to make it 5-3. Are they the ultimate Cinderella team? Raiders coach Stacy Ciccolo said, "We never felt like a true No. 25. We had a pretty tough schedule with (perennial Maine power Scarborough twice in Florida), Reading, Newton South and North Reading. It's been a struggle. It's been a very difficult year." From floundering to seven straight wins including yesterday's historic upset. As Ciccolo said over the telephone, "We thought we might be done weeks ago." Indeed, the Raiders (13-10) were left for dead at 1-5 and most certainly at 6-10. Central Catholic won its final four straight just to eke out a tourney berth.

The cliche is that the postseason is a new season. Central believes it. Newton North, which finished up 19-3, does, too.

Every once in a great while a No. 25 team will beat a No. 1 seed. And when it does happen, generally it might be a No. 1 club from a Boston City League team which has faced extremely limited competition.

But a formidable program like Newton North, which lost in the North finals each of the last two years (in 2013 to Central)?

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Central escapes


Central Catholic's softball team lept its cinderella run alive Saturday night with a 1-0 Division 1 North win over Lynn Classical. The Raiders, who won their last four games to make the tournament, won their second straight as Olivia Antczak and Eve Walker combined on a three-hitter. Courtney Woranka (2 for 3) scored the Raiders' lone run in the second inning on an error.

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Jaguars lose pitching duel


Jaime Cleasby pitched her heart out but it wasn't enough Saturday as Windham lost a 1-0 pitcher's duel to Pembroke in nine innings in the Division 2 quarterfinals. Cleasby allowed only four hits and one walk, struck out 13 and didn't allow an earned run as the No. 2 seed Jaguars fell to 15-4.

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Ross, Catalanotto key Sanborn


P.J. Ross slammed a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth after Caitlin Catalanotto came in to pitch in the top of the inning to end a Hollis-Brookline threat as Sanborn edged Hollis-Brookline 2-1 in the Division 2 quarterfinals Saturday.

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Boutin lead 'Cats


 Leadoff batter Christina Boutin had a superb game, going 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored to pace Whittier past Northeast 12-0 in six innings in Division 3 North action. Kayle Hobbs was 3 for 4 with two runs scored for the Wildcats (19-3), who host the winerr of Sunday's Weston/Austin Prep matchupp on Monday at 4 p.m. Winning pitcher Kayla Riley and Lena Faranna both added two RBIs.

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