TAUNTON — West Bridgewater was threatening to take the lead over Abington with runners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s Division 3 South sectional semifinal.
Coach Kelsea Cheney called in the infield for a mound meeting.
“We’ve been in that situation before,” said Cheney. “Just look for the out. We just wanted to calm down and play our game.”
Then Green Wave pitcher Tori Young dialed in and second baseman Lauren Nelligan made a pair of tough defensive plays to preserve the lead.
Abington (22-2) added four runs in the next inning to hold off the Wildcats, 6-2.
The Green Wave will face Case for the Division 3 South sectional championship Friday at 5 p.m.
“You just got to remain calm,” said Young. “Obviously something is going to happen, you just hope it goes your way. I had full confidence in my team, they back me up no matter what.”
The senior had four strikeouts Tuesday, relying heavily on her defense for support.
West Bridgewater, which stranded five base runners, had seven hits, but couldn’t get the bats going early in the game.
“They started connecting a little bit,” said West Bridgewater coach Courtney Trupiano. “The girls stayed in it, the first couple hits were in the gaps. It was a strong game all the way through. The girls deserved to be here.”
Abington added insurance in the seventh, scoring four times on two hits, a wild pitch, and a pair of sacrifice flies. The Wildcats also made two errors in the frame.
“I asked them to push across one run and they got a lot more,” said Cheney. “That’s what you do when you’re a good team, you find a way to win.”
Abington opened a 2-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Lauren Keleher, who scored two batters later on a wild pitch.Dan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow him on Twitter @GlobeDanShulman.