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.