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Peabody 11-12 softball all-stars capture Section 2 title

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With no room left for error, having already lost once in the double-elimination tournament, the Peabody 11-12-year-old Little League softball all-stars came through big last weekend by beating a formidable East Bridgewater team twice to capture the 2017 Section 2 championship and advance to the states. After pulling off a dramatic 3-2 walk-off win at East Bridgewater last Saturday, Peabody got another solid pitching performance from ace Abigail Bettencourt (only four hits allowed) and a clutch three-run double in the fourth inning from Isabel Bettencourt to come away with a 4-2 win and the title on Sunday. Afterwards, the team joyously trotted around the field at Lt. Ross Park displaying the Section 2 championship banner.

Emma Bloom’s run-scoring hit in the second inning gave Peabody a 1-0 lead, which was increased to 4-0 with the three tallies in the fourth. East Bridgewater battled back to close it to 4-2 the fifth frame but would get no closer, as key defensive plays by outfielder Logan Lomasney and shortstop Bloom helped keep more runs from scoring.

Peabody head coach Mark Bettencourt said his team “had all the confidence and couldn’t wait to play again” coming off that walk-off victory on Saturday. He said beating East Bridgewater twice in a row is a huge feat, given that the teams were evenly matched. He added that if the two played each other 10 times, each squad would probably win five.

“I can’t imagine there are any teams out there better then East Bridgewater. We have all the respect in the world for their program,” Bettencourt said. “They’re the only team to score on us [in tournament play]. We were fortunate to win the rubber match here. We bent but we didn’t break. When we lost that first game, I told the girls they’ve got to have a short memory. Two years ago, most of them were state champs as 9-10-year-olds. They really wanted to go to the states again and now we’re going.”

Peabody lost 5-4 to East Bridgewater in its opening game of the sectional tourney. After dropping its Section 2 opener, Peabody stayed alive by defeating Woburn, 13-0, last Thursday at Lt. Ross Park. It was Abigail Bettencourt’s fifth shutout in tourney play. She surrendered just one hit. Peabody went 4-0 in winning the District 16 tournament, outscoring opponents by a combined 35-0 total.

Danielle Mulready, Lomasney, Gina Terrazzano, Bloom and Penelope Spack had key hits, and Isabel Bettencourt smacked three doubles to aid the cause in the win over Woburn. Defensively Lomasney made a terrific highlight catch on a low line drive to center field.

Peabody is scheduled to play its first state tournament game against the Section 1 winner this Thursday (after press deadline). The tourney is taking place at Gonsalves Field in Woburn.

By Greg Phipps





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