TAUNTON - The Bridgewater–Raynham softball team defeated defending Division 1 state champion King Philip, 1-0, Sunday at Jack Tripp Field in a dramatic 12-inning battle.
With two outs in the 12th, sophomore shortstop Madi Shaw singled and advanced to second when Rachel McCall walked. With Chelsea Correia at the plate, a pitch got by catcher Olivia Godin and Shaw sprinted to third. Godin’s throw got past the third baseman and Shaw took off for home to score the winning run.
It was the third extra-inning win in the tournament for the Trojans.
“At that stage there you’re going, you’re not going to wait for the throw,’’ said B-R coach Michael Carrozza. “Madi was gone and that was the difference in the game. Unfortunately when you have these types of games where you have two powerhouses going, it’s always a mistake that usually ends the game.’’
Audrey Dolloff won the pitcher’s duel against Meg Rico, looking calm and in control every inning. Utilizing her changeup effectively, Dolloff gave up three hits, fanned seven, and walked none. Rico struck out an impressive 17, allowed six hits, walked six, and hit one batter.
“In postseason, we’ve played three games but it’s almost equivalent to seven games, and in every inning Audrey just keeps going,’’ said Carrozza. “She just kept getting stronger, hitting her spots, and sitting down the lineup.’’
The Trojans had runners in scoring position in the second, fifth, seventh, and 11th innings, but couldn’t push across a run thanks to strong Warrior defense.
“They had runners at first and second and then first and second, if you keep doing that, eventually its going to come back and haunt you,’’ said King Philip coach Jim Leonard. “We didn’t get enough base runners today. [Dolloff’s] location was real good. They mixed up locations to keep us off balance.’’
Dolloff and the Trojan defense allowed no base runners after the sixth inning.
“They’re a good hitting team so it was important for us to stay strong, one through nine,’’ said Dolloff. “I’m a senior and I just don’t want to stop playing.’’