BHS Softball vs Case - May 1, 2019

Despite their loss in the Division 3 South Sectional softball tournament, the Canalmen have a lot to smile about in the future. Everyone from this year’s squad is returning next year.

The Bourne softball team scored an upset to remember in the first round of the Division 3 South Sectional tournament on Friday, June 7.

Taking the ferry across the pond to meet the second-seeded Whalers, the 15th-seeded Canalmen used two late offensive surges to knock off Nantucket, 11-8, and advance to the sectional quarter final round.

The visitors found themselves trailing in the top of the fifth, 3-1, before erupting for five runs to take a 6-3 advantage. Nantucket, which had lost just two games in the regular season, answered back for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead 7-6.

But Bourne wasn’t done scoring. Freshman Abbie Russell led off the top of the seventh with a triple and came home to score the game’s tying run on a hard-hit ball off the bat of Hannah Greene that was mishandled by the Whalers’ second baseman. Sophie Stowe plated two more runs on a bunt attempt that was also misplayed by the Nantucket infield. Elizabeth Black tacked on the final runs for Bourne by producing a two-run single to give the Canalmen the 11-7 lead.

Nantucket responded with one run during its last at-bats to give the game its final score, but the Whalers could not complete the comeback.

Case 6, Bourne 1

Just two days after upsetting the second-seeded Whalers in the Division 3 South Sectional tournament first round, the Bourne softball team’s bats fell silent in the quarter finals.

Meeting a familiar foe in Case, the 10th seed, the 15th-seeded Canalmen had their season upended with a 6-1 road loss on Sunday, June 9, in Swansea.

The visitors’ lone run of the game came on a Maddie Cazeault solo home run in the top of the second inning to give Bourne an early 1-0 lead. She went 2-for-3 at the plate on the day. But that would be the only time the Canalmen would lead. Case went up 3-1 in the bottom of the third.

Bourne held the two-run deficit until the sixth inning thanks to some slick fielding in the infield, turning three double plays to escape from jams. The Cardinals, who previously beat Bourne 13-2 and 14-4 as part of the teams’ South Coast Conference-Small schedule, added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away late for the win.

Kaya Fernandes, Stowe and Serena Tura all recorded a hit in the loss. For Tura, it was her first career varsity hit. Bourne (7-15) concluded its 2019 campaign and will return every player from this season’s roster next year.

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