Shaw sparks B-R in 12th
Rico’s 17 Ks lead King Philip rout
Maddie Shaw’s two-out infield single up the first base line in the bottom of the 12th scored freshman Emily Kurkul from second to help Bridgewater-Raynham outlast North Attleboro, 4-3, in the Division 1 North semifinal Saturday in Taunton.
Kurkul took off on contact, and B-R coach Mike Carrozza wheeled her around third hoping to catch the defense napping. The throw from first was a little wide and she was able to slide in safely.
“At that point in the game you have to make something happen,’’ said Carrozza.
Shaw did a little bit of everything, saving a run and turning a double play in the first, then leading off the bottom of the inning with a home run.
“She had an MVP day,’’ said Carrozza. “She hit the ball hard and made so many nice plays at shortstop.’’
North had early leads of 1-0 and 3-1 but B-R answered both times before finally breaking through with the lead in the 12th.
The Trojans tied the game in the third inning with a pair of runs. Chelsea Correia singled home Shaw for the first run, and pitcher Aubrey Dolloff helped her own cause with an RBI triple.
Division 1 South King Philip 13, Silver Lake 0 - The defending Division 1 state champions, King Philip, flexed their muscles, defeating Silver Lake in the semifinals. Senior pitcher Meg Rico had another outstanding performance, striking out 17 and allowing only three hits. She helped her own cause, going 4 for 4 and scoring four times.
“My catcher really helped me out today, she did a really good job calling all the pitches, working inside and outside to keep them off balance,’’ said Rico. “I told my team I’d do everything in my power to not let them score runs.’’ This is the second game in a row Rico has had 17 strikeouts.
“She’s a very consistent pitcher, she has great command of her pitches and a great batterymate,’’ said coach Brian Leonard. “We have all the confidence in the world every time we put her out there in the circle.’’
Division 2 South
Abington 2, Hopkinton 1 - The Green Wave overcame a deficit in the fourth inning to top the Hillers in the semifinals in Taunton.
“They were down and deflated but their resilience was great,’’ said Abington coach Ernie Ortega, whose team trailed in a game for the first time since April.
After the Hillers opened the scoring on Lara Murray’s RBI triple, the Green Wave answered in the home half of the fourth. Alicia Reid singled with two outs to start the rally, and Samantha Thompson doubled to right-center field to bring in Reid with the tying run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Liz Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice following Alex Doyle’s single. Reid came up with her third hit, belting a double that scored Morgan.
That was all the run support Abington’s Kelly Norton would need, as she set the Hillers down in order in the seventh. The senior hurler scattered three hits and struck out 13 for her 21st win of the season. The win puts Abington in the sectional final for the first time since 1992.
Division 1 North
Malden 4, Central Catholic 0 - Senior pitcher Kiara Amos tossed her 14th shutout of the season to lead the Golden Tornadoes (22-1) to the Division 1 North final. Amos, who struck out eight batters, also drove in two runs with a double in the first inning.
Globe correspondent Colleen Casey contributed to this report.