Bourne High won a thriller to earn their way into the state tournament and the Mashpee high girls suffered through another close defeat on Tuesday May 28 in Bourne.
Bourne’s Abby Russell launched a two-run homer over the left field wall to give the Lady Canalmen a 9-8 victory over the Falcons. MHS took a lead into the bottom of the inning after rallying themselves to go up 8-7. Jayden Bryant followed a Maggie Connolly single with a triple to tie the score. Maddie Souza was then hit by a pitch and Cheyenne Hendricks, who hit her first career home run an inning earlier, put one in play that was misplayed by the third baseman. That allowed the go-ahead run to come across and put Mashpee back ahead in a back-and-forth ballgame.
In the bottom of the inning, though, Bourne struck back. BHS’s number nine hitter led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and then stole second and third. She trotted home on the round-tripper.
Falcons Lose To Falmouth
The timing certainly could have been better for the Mashpee High School softball team.
The Falcons, desperately in need of wins to qualify for the MIAA state tournament, found themselves matched up with a Falmouth High team that was still riled up by some calls they disagreed with the day before against Dennis-Yarmouth in the championship of the Cape Cod Showdown, and the loss that accompanied that game.
Losing isn’t something the Clippers have done much of this season. The team had just three losses for the season, none of them consecutive, and the Maroon and White made sure it did not suffer its first losing streak of 2019 by posting a 15-2 home win for its 16th victory of the season.
The loss moved MHS to 7-10 overall, leaving it in a position where it has to run the table to qualify for the state tournament.
Every Falmouth starter reached base at least once and scored a run. An eight-run third inning put the contest way out of reach as the Clippers sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame and turned a 5-2 lead into a 13-2 advantage.
Molly Bruce allowed just two hits in the mercy rule-shortened, complete-game effort for the Clippers. Bruce allowed a single in the first to Jayden Bryant, who scored on an error later in the inning. Corey Andrade singled in the third and also came around to score, thanks to an error.
Bruce set down eight of the last nine batters she faced, did not allow an earned run and struck out three. She did not walk a batter and induced nine ground ball outs.
Bruce also led the Falmouth attack with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Caiti Pope went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, and Abby Pope was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs.