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Dracut defeats Danvers 6-1 in Division 2 North softball semifinals

Ryan Madison scores the third run for Dracut

Lauren Ramirez – eight strikeouts

(Lowell)  Dracut (22-1) rolled along into the D2 North finals (Monday 3:30PM) with a 6-1 victory over Danvers on a warm Sunday afternoon at Martin Field.

Dracut will face Winchester for the D2 North title on Monday afternoon at Martin Field.

Danvers (19-4) hung with the Middies into the fifth inning, trailing only 2-1, but then Falcon miscues in the field gifted Dracut with four back-breaking runs.

Dracut ace Lauren Ramirez tossed a 3-hitter with eight strikeouts.  The talented junior had five of those K’s in the last two innings.

The Middies collected nine hits off Kendall Meehan bunching four each in the productive first and fifth.

Amanda Vallante led off the first inning with a single, was sacrificed (Samantha Durand) to second, and driven home by Lauren Ramirez.  Lauren’s courtesy runner (Kaylee DiCamillo) was delivered by Kaleigh Bishop-Kotarba’s single to center.

Caitlin McBride heads for third

Down 2-0 after one inning, Danvers picked up a run in the second.  Two bobbles by the left side of the Middies infield enabled Caitlin McBride (who had lead off with a walk) to cross with the Falcon run.  Danvers left the bases loaded in that second inning.

Dracut put the game out of reach in the fifth.  A dropped throw (first baseman Devyn Downs) put runners on first and third.  Samantha Durand sliced a single to right scoring Ryan Madison.

If Danvers could have stopped the bleeding immediately with a two-run deficit they might have had a chance to make things interesting in the last two innings….but they didn’t.

Catcher Genevieve Benoit and pitcher Kendall Meehan collided fielding a bunt attempt and the Middies had the bases loaded with two outs.  Left fielder Nicole Smith took a chance on making a catch on Kaleigh Bishop-Kotarba’s line drive her way.  However, the ball bounced in front of Nicole and then by her.  All three Dracut base runners scored giving the Middies a 6-1 lead.

Lauren Ramirez made that five-run advantage stand up and Dracut moved on to the finals against Winchester on Monday afternoon.

Kaleigh Bishop-Kotarba had two hits for Dracut.  Julia Saggese did the same for Danvers.

Brittany Dougal

Freshman Brittany Dougal made several nice plays for the Falcons at shortstop.

Lauren Ramirez’s father Ray called the pitches for his daughter.

When Chrissy Gikas batted the centerfielder Amanda Vallante was standing behind second.

Middies??  Dracut was where the first US Navy uniforms were created.

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Catcher Sam DiBella waits to tag Shannon Ramirez

Julia Saggese tries for second

signal giver

Amanda Vallante

Cassie Durand

Kaylee Kacavas


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Matignon gains Division 3 North softball title with 3-1 win over St. Mary’s

Matignon – Division 3 North softball champions

Lauren Doneski – limited the Spartans to four hits

(Lowell) Matignon defeated St. Mary’s 3-1 as familiar foes from the Catholic Central Large went at it in the Division 3 North softball finals on sunny Sunday afternoon at Martin Field.

The win gets the Warriors (17-8) into the state semi-finals against Case High School from Swansea.

St. Mary’s (17-7) had won the D3 North the last four years and were state champs in 2009 and 2010.

The Spartans (#4 seed) usually feature pitcher Brooke L’Abbe and plenty of hitting.  Unfortunately versus Matignon, Brooke did her part (ten strikeouts) but the hitting (four hits) was scattered at best.

Matignon pitcher Lauren Doneski never struck anyone out but was hardly ever hit hard.  The Warrior senior allowed just two hits over the final five innings and St. Mary’s left only one runner on base during those five innings.

Both teams had “fall-apart” innings.  For Matignon (#16 seed) it was in the second.  For St. Mary’s it was in the third.  Both teams were able to limit the bleeding but Matignon came away with enough runs to win the game.

Nina Murray slides into third as Jocelyn Tagher awaits throw

In the St. Mary’s second, with courtesy runner Nina Murray on second, Warrior second baseman Julia Graf dropped Tatiana Doucette’s popup.  After the drop, Julia tried to get Nina trying for third and her throw went past Matignon third baseman Jocelyn Tagher allowing Nina to score with one out.  The Spartans would eventually have runners on second (Molly Doyle) and third (Tatiana Doucette) with two outs before Lauren Doneski got Alison Butler to pop out to shortstop to end the inning.

Ahead 1-0 after two innings, it was St. Mary’s turn to allow an extra out and suffer the consequences.  After a Julia Graf walk, right fielder Abbe Caggiano dropped a long fly by Sarah Gauthier setting up Matignon with runners on first and third with one out.  Kayla McKinnon bunted to third but on the throw to first Julia Graf darted home with Matignon’s first run.  Equally important was that during the throw to first and then home, Sarah Gauthier reached third with two outs.  Lauren Doneski’s single to short left delivered Sarah with the Warrior’s important second run.

So after innings in which each team’s defense was a bit shaky, Matignon came out ahead, 2-1, after 2 ½ innings.

Brooke LAbbe – ten strikeouts

The Warriors grabbed some breathing room in the sixth.  Lauren Doneski walked (Brooke L’Abbe’s only walk of the game) and was sacrificed to second by Diana Golini with two outs.  Junior Ryen Cahill then ripped a double down the left field line getting Lauren home.

Brooke had a single with one out in the bottom of the sixth but that was all the Warriors allowed the rest of the way.

Alison Butler, Brooke L’Abbe, Tatiana Doucette, and Molly Doyle had hits for St. Mary’s.

Sarah Gauthier, Lauren Doneski, Eileen Bergin, Diana Golini, and Ryen Cahill had hits for Matignon.

Matignon of Cambridge and St. Mary’s of Lynn met twice during the regular season with each team winning once.

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Coach Colleen Newbury

Matignon gets D3 North trophy

Molly Doyle

Isabella Palange catches the final out

Matignon coach Jessica DePolito

Lauren Doneski scores third Warrior run

Tatiana Doucette out stealing

Alison Butler steals second

Ryen Cahill

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