The King Philip Warriors (25-0) softball team capped off a perfect season with a 1-0 win over Amherst in the Division 1 State Finals to repeat as State champions. Led by Meg Rico, the Warriors have been atop the ranking since Day 1.
At No. 2 is Norwood (21-1), who was edged out by King Philip in the Division 1 North sectional finals, 4-2. Returning All-Scholastic player of the year Ali Maloof put together another outstanding season for the Mustangs, going 12-1, with a 0.59 ERA.
Climbing to No. 3 is Acton-Boxborough (19-6) who was this year's surprise team, entering the tournament at 15-5 and making it all the way to the State semifinals before falling to KP (a reoccurring theme).
The Colonials came out the the gate 1-4, without star hurler Sarah Ropaik, but got things on track after her return and entered the tournament with a ton of momentum.
Burlington (23-3), which finished runner-up in the Division 2 State final,s comes in at No. 4.
Second year coach, and former Red Devil herself, Kristen Mahoney led Burlington to a season for the ages, highlighted by a 17-game winning streak that ended June 18 with a 4-3, 11-inning loss to Wahconah Regional at Worcester State University in the Division 2 finals.
The biggest slide from the regular season was Mansfield, which entered the tournament ranked No. 3 at 18-2. But the Hornets ran into a hot New Bedford team.
Trish Hansen will return for her senior season next year and expectations will again be high for the Hornets.
New Bedford, which entered the tournament at 23-7, earned some major respect riding their hot bats all the way to the Division 1 South semifinals. On the way they knocked off No.3 Mansfield. The Whalers crack the Top 20 (in a big way) for the first time all season.
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