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TAUNTON — One year after coming up short in the Division 3 South final, the 10th-seeded Case softball team righted its wrong with a 7-1 win over top-seeded Monomoy Regional Saturday at Taunton High School to capture the sectional crown in coach Shannon Silva’s first year on the job.

Case (18-6) will play North champion Austin Prep in a state semifinal this week (TBA).

“We’ve really tried to take it one game at a time, but after we won our previous game, that’s what we’ve talked about: none of these girls have been past the South sectional,” Silva said. “We knew we were going to have to hit the ball, so we did a good job.”

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It may have taken awhile for Case’s bats to come alive off Mollie Charest, who had 13 strikeouts, but once they did, there was no looking back. The Cardinals broke open a 1-1 affair in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of errors by Monomoy (21-3), with Casey Medeiros scoring the winning run on a passed ball and Riley Fitzgerald coming home on a sacrifice fly by Teaghan Souza.

The big blow came in the following frame, when Madyson Medeiros, Casey’s sister, struck a two-run homer to left field to provide ample breathing room.

Alexis Jeffrey, who tripled to lead off the inning, came around to score on the Medeiros homer to make it 5-1, Case. Hannah Pelletier and Jenna Thibault added RBI singles to extend the lead for the Cardinals, who batted around in the seventh.


Jake Levin can be reached at jakelevin477@gmail.com.