Having played less than 24 hours earlier, one had to wonder how much energy Grafton would have for Saturday’s Division 2 state final. As the Indians proved, short rest wasn’t an issue after scoring two runs early and held off Burlington, 2-1, to win its second straight state crown at Rockwood Field. Grafton (24-2) won on the strength of junior pitcher Kendal Roy. The right-hander allowed just four hits and struck out 11. “We know there isn’t a game after this one, so you just want to go out there and give it all you got,” Roy said. “I knew I needed to keep the ball away from their hitters, and that’s what I was going for. And if I was getting the calls, then that was what I was going to do, and it worked out.” On Friday, the Indians traveled to Montague and defeated Wahconah Regional in the state semifinal. They then had to endure a 90-minute bus ride home before returning on limited sleep to face the Red Devils in the title game. After having early difficulty figuring out Burlington pitcher Kelly McCarthy (complete game, 8 hits, 5 strikeouts), Grafton began to solve the senior in the second inning. With two out, Makayla Ritzie walked and stole second. Marissa Ruggiero then delivered a single up the middle to deliver Ritzie. The next inning, Grafton continued in its attack. Amanda Voellings singled, moved to second on Ali Page’s groundout and took third on an infield hit by Tara Faford (2 hits). With two out, Roy delivered a hard single down the left field line, driving in Voellings to make it 2-0. “We knew we would need more than one run to win this game,” said Faford, a senior. “We knew that team would put up a fight against us. This feels truly awesome to do this two years in a row and to go out with a bang in my senior year.”
Grafton 2, Burlington 1
Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013, at Grafton
Updated: Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:23 p.m.