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    GlobeWest: Players of the Week, Top 10 baseball and softball teams

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    Kevin Connelly , Nashoba Regional: With four runs scored and two RBIs, the junior first baseman helped the Chieftains advance past Wachusett Regional in the Division 1 Central semifinal, 14-2. He also knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly in a 3-2 state semifinal win over Westfield.

    Shannon Takahata , Franklin: The senior first baseman and Hockomock League All-Star drove in a pair of runs to help the Panthers upset Sandwich in the Division 1 South quarterfinals, 4-3.


    Victoria Falco , Marlborough: The sophomore, hitting out of the nine hole, belted a two-run homer to help propel the Panthers to their first Division 1 Central title, a 10-3 win over Shepherd Hill.

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    Drew Foster , Nashoba Regional: The Chieftains also won their first Division 1 Central title, 2-1 over Leominster, thanks to a complete-game effort on the mound and a walk-off sacrifice fly from their senior star.

    Shannon Smith , (above) Milford: The three-time Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year was practically untouchable in the circle while leading her team to the Division 1 state title game. She punched out 17 and allowed just two hits when the Hawks beat Central Catholic in the Division 1 state semifinals, 3-0.

    Perry’s Top 10 baseball teams

    (Records through Wednesday)

    1. Nashoba Regional (21-3)


    2. St. John’s High (18-6)

    3. Acton-Boxborough (14-9)

    4. Newton North (17-4)

    5. Belmont (13-9)

    6. Medfield (15-8)


    7. Hudson (15-7)

    8. Ashland (17-5)

    9. Arlington Catholic (16-6)

    10. Waltham (14-8)

    Perry’s Top 10 softball teams

    (Records through Wednesday)

    1. Milford (22-1)

    2. Marlborough (17-6)

    3. Hudson (20-2)

    4. Concord-Carlisle (21-1)

    5. King Philip (17-5)

    6. Newton North (17-6)

    7. Acton-Boxborough (15-6)

    8. Nashoba (16-6)

    9. Lexington (19-3)

    10. Franklin (16-6)

    Phil Perry

    Phil Perry can be reached at paperry27@gmail.com.