The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden:
It was a tough weekend for Mystic Valley sports as both the baseball and softball teams got knocked out of the MIAA tournament.
The baseball team lost to West Roxbury, 10-4, while the softball team nearly upset Mt. Alvernia before falling, 7-6.
The MV girls were seeded No. 18 in the North Division 3 Sectional but almost pulled off a big comeback in front of a large crowd that traveled to Newton to see them play No. 2 Mt. Alvernia Saturday.
Going into the top of the seventh, the Lady Eagles trailed, 7–2, and had only two hits for the game. Senior Jordan Sullivan singled on a 3–2 pitch to start the seventh and senior Michelle Doherty reached on an error.
With two outs and their playoff hopes almost gone, senior Rachel Tortora doubled over the center fielder's head to knock in two runs. Next up, Senior Violet Sullivan drew a four-pitch walk, and a passed ball put runners at second and third.
Freshman Bailey Chiccuarelli came to bat and stroked the second pitch to center field, scoring two more and made it 7–6. With the crowd roaring, Mystic Valley finally made its last out with the tying run on second base.
“It has been a characteristic of these girls from last year, they will not quit," said coach Scot Barry of his squad, which finished 12-10. "We are always in a game, no matter what the score or who we are playing. As a coach, I couldn’t ask for any more.”
Baseball coach Ernie Ardolino was proud of his team, which finished 12-9 and exceeded expectations by making the tourney. "I believe it was a successful year for the baseball program, we didn't have the overall success like we did the past two years, but we have put ourselves in position to compete in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference for the next few years,” Ardolino said.