No. 21 King Philip softball turns mistakes into upset of No. 4 LS


“That’s always No. 1 for us: play clean, take advantage of any mistakes or extras the other team gives us, and I think we took advantage of their mistakes a lot today,” King Philip coach Kate Fallon-Comeau said.

Lincoln-Sudbury (21-2) tied the game in the fourth on a wild pitch, but King Philip answered back in the fifth. KP loaded the bases with no outs on a single, a misplayed sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk. Taylor Regan delivered a sacrifice fly to left to give KP a 2-1 lead.

After letting LS off the hook in the fifth, KP didn’t make the same mistake in the sixth. Two errors and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for leadoff hitter Ali Gill (2 for 3, 2 runs), who delivered a two-run single through the right side for a 4-1 lead — and advanced to second base on the second day of play. throw back into the infield.

Ava Kelley followed with a two-run single of her own, just past the outstretched glove of second baseman Sarah Danielson, for a 6-1 lead.

It was more than enough for McCoy Walsh, who sparked a dozen more. LS had plenty of runners on base as the game went down out of order, but Walsh scattered six hits and made the key throws when she needed them. LS went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

“She’s always solid when we need her,” Kelley said of the second-year right-hander.

King Philip scored three batters in the game when a misplayed ball from Taylor Regan landed on Gill, who led off the game with a double.

In other Division 1 action:

Central Catholic 4, St. Paul 3 — Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 7 Knights (16-6), secured the No. 2 Raiders (19-2) loaded the bases with two outs, then scored the tying run on a swinging bunt by Olivia Moeckel. Katie Fox followed with a bloop single just over the shortstop’s glove and scored the winner for the walkoff quarterfinal win.

“I thought we were going to extras,” Central Catholic coach Stacy Ciccolo said.

Once the Raiders tied the game at 3-3, Ciccolo felt like her team was in a good spot if the game required extra innings. But as she looks forward to the semi-finals, she knows a tough challenge awaits: No. 1 Taunton.

Taunton has finished the Raiders’ season each of the past two years, but Ciccolo is focused on her team “playing (their) best softball, and hoping that’s good enough.”

Taunton 12, Methuen 2 — Shortstop Brooke Aldrich went 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs for the No. 3 Tigers (23-0) in a quarterfinal win against No. 11 Methuen (13-10).

Samantha Lincoln threw a one-hitter, striking out 16 and walking two, and third baseman Bella Bourque led the 14-hit charge with three hits, including a triple, and scored twice. Catcher Aniyah Bailey and center fielder Molly Carnes each added two RBIs.

Division 3 State

Apponequet 11, North Lecture 4 — Junior Caleigh Venuti (3 RBIs) and freshman Kate Suneson (3 RBIs) each homered, sophomore Marissa Kelly was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the No. 2 Lakers (20-4) to the victory in the quarterfinals.

Senior Lauren Bernaiche turned in a complete game, allowing four runs (three earned), on four hits, a walk and 15 strikeouts against the No. 7 Hornets (17-6).

Dighton-Rehoboth 19, Arlington Catholic 3 — Sophomore Cam Cloonan launched two home runs, and Haleigh Kelley and Emma Horrocks each hit one for the top-seeded Falcons (21-3) in a quarterfinal win over No. 9 Arlington Catholic (17-6).

Edy Latour struckout five to earn the win for DR.

Norton 1, St. Mary’s 0 — Liana Danubio threw a complete-game one-hitter, striking out six and also had two hits for the No. 4 Lancers (21-2) in a quarterfinal win against No. 5 St. Mary’s (15-5).

Division 4 State

Advanced Math and Science 3, Abington 1 — Maddie Glynn and Abby Asman each had two goals for the No. 4 Eagles (18-3) in a quarterfinal win over No. 5 Abington (21-2). Ava McLeod struckout five over seven innings and drove in two runs in the win.

Case 11, Hampshire 3 — In a rematch of the 2023 state finals, Megan Smith (three hits) drove in a pair and scored twice, Ella Preston had two RBIs and Bre Fontes launched a home run for her 100th career hit for the top-seeded Cardinals (21). -1) in a quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Hampshire (14-9). Lila Alvarez struck out twelve to earn the win.

Eli Cloutier contributed to this report.