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Needham’s Leah Alpert and Holliston’s Tori Jensen star for MIT softball

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Leah Alpert delivered a career year in her final season. Freshman catcher Tori Jensen emerged as a force in her first.

The two played integral roles for the women’s softball program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which registered its finest season in 29 years.

A three-sport athlete at Needham High, Alpert was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team after hitting .347 and ranking second on the Engineers in hits (33), RBIs (13), and stolen bases (four). The program’s first All-American since 2008, the cocaptain started all 33 games in center field.

Jensen, a three-time Tri-Valley League all-star at Holliston High, hit a team-best .387 and led coach Jennifer Williams’s squad in home runs (two), RBIs (18) and slugging percentage (.613). She also had nine doubles and a triple.

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