One bad inning and the strong right arm of St. Peter-Marian starting pitcher Erin Gallo proved to be a bit too much for tenth-seeded Westboro in Thursday's Central Mass. Division 1 first round softball game at the Guardians' field. Seventh-seeded SPM exploded for 10 runs in the third inning in support of the right-handed Gallo, who went the distance and struck out nine in leading her team to a 13-4 victory. The Guardians (13-8) play second-seeded Nashoba Regional (15-5) in a quarterfinal tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Chieftains' field. The teams did not play each other during the regular season. The Rangers finished 10-11. "I'm very excited to be moving on and thankful to be playing," SPM senior Skyler Shugrue said. "We've worked very hard to get this far and I'm very proud to be a part of this team. We have a pretty good team and we really want to win it all." The Guardians' 10-run third inning expanded a 2-1 lead to 12-1. SPM sent 14 hitters to the plate and punched out nine hits. Seven different players had hits. Senior Lauren DeStephano, sophomore Haley Scola and Shugrue each contributed two-run singles, while junior Kelley Plourde and senior Katie Moran stroked RBI singles. DeStephano, who finished with 4 RBIs, knocked in the ninth run with a sacrifice fly.
St. Peter-Marian 13, Westborough 4
Thursday, May. 30, 2013, at Worcester
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:53 p.m.