The Notre Dame of Hingham softball team wanted to end its regular season Thursday with a win before entering the state tournament.
Not only did the Cougars earn a 4-0 victory over host Avon, freshman Hillary Dole threw a no-hitter.
It was Dole’s first varsity shutout, and although she was surprised by the outcome, coach Jack Finn was not.
“She’s a natural-born athlete,” Finn said. “She’s so dedicated, driven, and just loves the game so much.”
Dole has been pitching since she was 6. Finn said that when she isn’t pitching, she starts at shortstop.
Dole also went 3 for 3 with two doubles.
“Getting the shutout felt really good because I’m just a freshman,” Dole said, “but knowing my team always has my back really helped my confidence.”
Dole credited sophomore catcher Ally Doll, who called the game. Dole noted that the “rise ball” was a particular favorite.
“[Doll] makes the calls behind the plate,” Finn said, “I just let the girls do their own thing.”
Notre Dame (14-2) held a 2-0 lead but was held scoreless for a four-inning stretch by the Panthers (17-4).
“Even when they were holding us, when they were up at-bat, we made no errors in the field,” Dole said. “Someone was always there with the save. I wasn’t worried about them making a comeback.”
Abington 4, Carver 0 — Freshman Katie Donovan threw a complete game and struck out seven for the Green Wave (19-3).
Stoneham 15, Somerville 2 — Senior Gia Raczkowski went 4 for 4, hitting a three-run homer on her last swing for the Spartans (5-13). The game ended after six innings because of the mercy rule.
Natick 12, Ashland 4 — The Red Hawks (13-7) were led by junior Lexi Harvey, who went 3 for 4 and hit a home run.
Winthrop 4, Lynn Classical 3 — Sophomore Maura Lanza drilled a base hit to right field to knock in the winning run in the seventh.
BaseballPlymouth South 7, Whitman-Hanson 5 — Panthers senior Ted Savage threw 4⅓ innings in relief to get the win. Savage allowed just one hit and struck out four.
Xaverian 10, Millis 6 — Junior first baseman Ricky Smith finished 3 for 3 with four RBIs to power the Hawks (10-9).
Barnstable 18, Durfee 4 — Senior center fielder Dylan Morris drilled a two-run homer in the ninth as the Red Raiders (12-6) rolled.
Framingham 12, Foxboro 6 — Senior Mike Stearns scored four goals to lead the Flyers (12-5).
Scituate 12, Norwell 11 — Junior attack Trevor Ciessau netted five goals and his brother, senior attack Tucker, added three goals and three assists for the Sailors (11-9).
Bishop Feehan 4, Attleboro 1 — Sophomore Katie McNulty won at third singles to improve her personal record to 17-1 for the Shamrocks (15-3).
Division 1 North
St. John’s Prep 3, Greater Lowell 0 — Senior setter Sean Brennan led the Pioneers (18-3) with 31 assists.
Acton-Boxboro 3, Lowell Catholic 0 — Senior rightside hitter Benjamin Danzit had nine kills to lead the Colonials (13-6).
Division 1 Central
Xaverian 3, Framingham 0 — Senior setter Connor Day sparked the Hawks (13-6) in the opening round of the tournament.