With the ball game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth and the bases loaded, shortstop Laura Tavalone stepped up to the plate and delivered a laser to left field that drove in junior first baseman Paige Keefe as host Dedham squeezed a tight 4-3 victory over Medway Thursday.
Keefe got things rolling at the bottom of the ninth with a bunt single. Junior shortstop Emily Mosco then found herself at first after beating out a sacrifice bunt. The Marauders benefited from another mistake by the Mustangs as senior center fielder Kaitlyn Abber singled to first after a poorly handled sacrifice fly.
“We have a lot of juniors so we are decently experienced,” said Dedham’s head coach Erika Eisenhut. “They handled it well and they didn't get flustered and kept playing.”
The Marauders’ two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning came from sophomore left fielder Katie Nosky and junior second baseman Kelly Quinn, who ran ran for senior catcher Nicole Cersino.
The Mustangs retaliated with two runs coming in the top of the fifth in addition to their opening run in the fourth inning to lead 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, Tavalone drilled an RBI double to center field to tie the game 3-3. Tavalone finished 3 of 5 at the plate.
Dedham's junior pitcher Brooke Sheehan faced 33 batters, struck out 10 and walked three.
“It was a tight game. It was well played and poorly played,” said Eisenhut. “It's good to expose the team to pressure situations and this is something we well try to improve on as the season continues.”
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