In the last Globe softball Top 20, Malden claims the top spot finishing at 24-2. The Tornadoes won their first Div.1 North and EMass championships this season before falling to Milford 1-0 in the state championship. Senior pitcher Kiara Amos and catcher Emily Hoffman were a tough battery to beat.
Bridgewater-Raynham finishes at No. 2, closing at a 21-4 mark. The highlight of the Trojans season was their 1-0 12-inning victory over the defending state champs, King Philip, to capture the Div. 1 South sectional crown. All-Scholastic sophomore shortstop Madi Shaw will return next year to help the Trojans to another fantastic season.
Ending the season at 23-3, the King Philip Warriors grab the No. 3 spot. The back-to-back state champions couldn’t repeat again, but still had a fantastic season. Senior pitcher Meg Rico ended her stellar career at 43-3 with 628 strikeouts and a 0.31 ERA. The George Washington commit will be missed next season.
Abington jumps up to the fourth spot, making an appearance in the Div. 2 state finals. Riding the arm of Kelly Norton, the Green Wave went 23-3, capturing the South Shore League, Div. 2 South sectional and EMass crowns.
Dracut dropped down to the fifth spot, finishing the season 23-2. The Middies won the Div. 2 North championship, and will return pitcher Lauren Ramirez for her senior season next year.
Finishing 17-8, Case comes in at No. 16. The Cardinals made it to their second straight state championship game, but were unable to take the crown. The did however win their third straight South sectional and EMass title. They’ll have some work to do next season, finding a replacement for the Div. 3 Player of the Year, pitcher Shannon Orton.
Somerset Berkeley rounds off the Top 20, completing their season 17-6. Although the Blue Raiders lost to King Philip in the South quarter-finals, they had several big wins this season, including a 6-1 victory over No. 12 Coyle & Cassidy.
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