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MIAA SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

Sectional title a first for Revere

In the midst of a pitchers’ duel in Lowell, Revere scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh inning and claimed a 1-0 victory over Newton North in the Division 1 North final on Sunday, securing the school’s first sectional title in any sport.

The 10th-seeded Patriots (19-5) scored without a hit in the inning. Junior Victoria Russo walked for the third time leading off, senior Cassandra DiBella followed with a sacrifice bunt, and Russo stole third.

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After a walk, senior Noelle MacDonald came to the plate. When MacDonald punched at a bunt but missed, it escaped the catcher for a passed ball and Russo scored.

On Friday night, Russo’s hit in the eighth inning provided a 1-0 win over Central Catholic in the semifinals.

“We sensed there was a little blood in the water, so we tried to be like sharks and just get the ball down and maybe they could fumble the ball around and that’s what they did,” said Revere coach Joseph Ciccarello.

Division 2 North

Tewksbury 4, Dracut 1 — The Redmen won their first Division 2 North title, defeating their Merrimack Valley Conference rivals in Lowell behind the powerful bat of freshman Adrianna Favreau.

With sixth-seeded Tewksbury (18-6) trailing, 1-0, in the third inning, third baseman Kirsten Dick lined a two-out triple down the left-field line. Senior shortstop Brooke Hardy followed with a base hit to right, scoring Dick.

Marissa Doherty followed with a base hit to center, and two consecutive walks forced home Hardy. Favreau then smoked a two-run single to left for a 4-1 lead.

Favreau finished 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs.

“I just go up there trying to hit it as hard as I can and just hit it somewhere because we needed runs to get on top,” Favreau said.

Division 2 South

Case 6, Bishop Stang 5 — Coach Don DiBiasio had a bit of agita before his Cardinals closed out their Division 2 South semifinal at Jack Tripp Field in Taunton.

The Spartans advanced the potential tying run to third base in the top of the seventh inning before a ground out to shortstop secured No. 6 seed Case (18-5) a spot in the sectional championship against Bellingham.

Tied at 4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, leadoff hitter Allison DiCesare smacked an RBI single. Case added an insurance run on a single by Leslie Denis.

Denis, a junior, pitched to contact in her complete-game win, striking out only one batter while only allowing one walk and six hits. Six Case errors contributed to four runs by Bishop Stang (17-6), including a play in the third when two throwing errors resulted in two runs for a 2-2 tie.

“Hopefully we come back tomorrow night and the bugs will be out of them and we’ll be able to play errorless ball,” said DiBiasio.

The Spartans erased a 4-3 deficit in the top of the sixth. Madison Machado belted a leadoff double, then scored on Courtney Carroll’s single.

Bellingham 5, Dighton-Rehoboth 0 — Senior Megan Cook recorded a no-hitter as the top-seeded Blackhawks (22-1) cruised in a Division 2 South semifinal. Cook struck out eight and worked around five walks.

Sophomore Elaina Chambers broke the game open in the sixth with a three-run home run.

Division 3 North

St. Mary’s 8, Amesbury 5 — Spartans coach Colleen Newbury has three outstanding pitchers, and in the Division 3 North final, freshman ace Mia Nowicki delivered the best performance in her usual closing role. Nowicki struck out seven batters and yielded just two hits in three-plus innings to help eighth-seeded St. Mary’s (17-7) repel No. 6 seed Amesbury’s comeback at Martin Field in Lowell.

Amesbury (17-7) loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Nowicki retired the last batter on a ground out to second baseman Jennie Mucciarone to seal the victory.

St. Mary’s built a 7-0 lead in the second inning, producing five hits while capitalizing on three errors. Amesbury roared back and closed the gap to 7-4, but Nowicki was at her best in the late innings.

“Based on the composure Mia has shown in the past — I know she’s only in ninth grade — but she battled enough and got the outs we needed,” said Newbury.

Division 3 South

Greater New Bedford 2, Bristol-Plymouth 1 — Just when it looked like all was going wrong for Greater New Bedford, sophomore Marissa Pires turned anxiousness into jubilation.

The Bears were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when Bristol-Plymouth put runners on second and third with only one out. Senior Rachel Ducharme hit a short fly ball to Pires in right field. Pires camped under it and gunned the ball to her sister, senior catcher Jennifer Pires, to cut down the potential tying run and stamp the Division 3 South crown for Greater New Bedford at Taunton High.

“I was just filled with joy,” Marissa Pires said. “It was just too much because I really wanted to make [my sister’s] senior year special, and I did.”

Greater New Bedford (18-9) faces Division 3 North winner St. Mary’s on Wednesday night at Martin Park in Lowell for the state title.

Freshman Neely Eddleston went all seven innings for the Bears, allowing only four hits, fanning nine, and not allowing a walk or an earned run. At one point, she retired 15 in a row.

Globe correspondents Cary Shuman and Stephen Sellner contributed to this report.
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