SOFTBALL

Grafton 3, Hudson 0

Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013, at Hudson

On a perfect night for softball, Grafton High pitcher Kendal Roy was close to perfection in leading her No. 4 seeded Indians to a 3-0 win over No. 1 Hudson in a Central Mass. Division 2 semifinal at Worcester State. Grafton (20-2), the defending state champions, will meet third-seed Leicester for the third straight year in the final back here at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hudson finished at 20-2. With pinpoint control, hitting the inside and outside corners, Roy retired 16 Hudson batters in a row into the sixth inning before Hudson’s Laura Hydro broke up the no-hitter. Roy finished with a four-hitter, striking out 12 and walking none. Grafton posted runs in the first, second and fifth, building into a comfort zone, especially with Roy in control. But the Hawks rallied in the sixth and seventh and forced Roy and the Grafton defense to earn its spot in the final once again. Roy even survived a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh. “We beat a very good team, and that’s what makes this satisfying,” said Grafton coach John Gemme. “Kendal was lights out for quite a while, and then Hudson got aggressive at the end.”

 

Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:23 p.m.

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