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Bridgewater-Raynham defeats Holy Name to win Division 1 softball state title

WORCESTER — Bridgewater-Raynham third baseman Madi Shaw was involved in the final two outs of a 9-0 victory Saturday over Holy Name at Worcester State to seal the Division 1 softball state championship, the first title in the program’s history.

That Shaw would be part of the final two outs — a routine grounder to third and a sharp line drive — was fitting. The plays ended a storied career for arguably the greatest player Bridgewater-Raynham has produced.

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One of two seniors on the squad, Shaw is a calming presence. Saturday night, she played her role perfectly.

Shaw, who reached base four times, led off the bottom of the first with a sharp grounder off the first baseman’s glove. Shaw, hustling straight out of the box, saw the ball skip away and dived into first for a single.

“As soon as I saw it go behind her, I was like, ‘I need to get this game going,’ ” Shaw said.

Shaw took off for second base during the next at-bat, diving into second for a stolen base. Two batters later, junior catcher Emily Kurkul crushed Kelsey Saucier’s offering into the gap in left-center, scoring Shaw.

Shaw’s hustle sparked a monster inning for the Trojans.

After Kurkul’s double, Jenny Heller walked. Kelsey Leuenberger hit a dribbler toward charging second baseman Heather Drummond, who attempted to throw out the lead runner at third, but instead threw the ball into foul territory. Taylor Poulin — running for Kurkul — scored while Heller and Leuenberger took second and third, respectively.

Stephanie Cavallaro’s grounder to the pitcher produced a pair of throwing errors and Heller and Leuenberger scored. Cavallaro advanced to third and scored on consecutive wild pitches.

When the dust had settled, Bridgewater-Raynham (25-1) had scored five runs on one hit and four errors by Holy Name (22-3).

“It definitely took a lot of pressure off [starter Sarah Dawson] and once there’s pressure off her she can throw her game,” Shaw said. “She does her thing in the circle and we do our thing at the plate.”

Dawson didn’t allow a hit until Ama Biney’s single in the sixth inning, which broke up her bid for her third no-hitter of the tournament.

“You’ve just got to get the job done. I only pitch, I don’t hit,” Dawson explained. “I can’t do anything else for my team other than be the best pitcher I can be.’’

Dawson allowed one hit and a walk, striking out seven over seven innings.

Shaw was at it again in the fourth inning, taking her second walk of the evening before stealing second. Stacey Korotsky’s infield hit moved Shaw to third, and Kurkul followed with a hit to left to score Shaw and make it 6-0.

Shaw smoked a single to right field in the sixth, scoring again. She finished with one hit and two walks, and reached on an error. She had two steals and scored three times.

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