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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.

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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.

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 can be reached at paperry27@gmail.com.
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