The following was submitted by Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden:
The Mystic Valley girls' softball team qualified for the state tournament for the sixth consecutive year with a 12–2 victory over Pope John of Everett Monday.
Freshmen Colleen McGlynn and Bryanna Cimetti and Senior Violet Sullivan had four hits each to lead the offense.
Leah Thomas continued her dominance on the mound, striking out eight and walking only one batter for the complete game victory.
With the win, Mystic Valley improved to 10-8.
“Even though we have been successful, it is important to note that several younger players have really stepped up their game in the second half of the season which has driven this team into the playoffs," said coach Scot Barry. "It is that drive and commitment to wanting to do whatever it takes to make the team successful that makes this group of girls very special.”