Friday afternoon the Sharon softball team traveled to Braintree for a Preliminary Round match-up in the Division 1 South State Tournament, but lost 8-0.
After Braintree pitcher Katie Casey struck out the side to open up the game, the Wamps got on the board early when senior shortstop Amanda Abromson tripled to lead off the bottom half of the inning. She scored when second baseman Liz Hasseltine hit one back to Eagles pitcher Brittany Whiting, who looked Abromson back to third before throwing the ball away trying to get Hasseltine at first.
From there, it was a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth, when 10 Braintree batters stepped to the plate and seven runs came in, including a 2 on a mammoth home run to center by sophomore Kelsey Dillon.
“We need to work on keeping a consistent level of energy the whole game,” Abromson said. “It was there the first inning then dwindled a little in the middle of the game. It was obviously back in the last inning. That’s why we scored all those runs.”
For Sharon, the loss concludes a season in which they reached the postseason for the first time in 31 years by going 8-12 in the regular season.
“This is my favorite team that I’ve ever played on,” Whiting said. “I enjoyed this season more than anything, and after not having made the tournament for 31 years this team finally made it, so that shows a little bit of something. Today I was definitely pleased. We just didn’t have the bats and I think that sums it up. Other than the outcome of the game, I couldn’t ask for anything more from my team”
Braintree will now play Silver Lake at home Sunday night. Last year the Wamps lost in their second tournament game.
“We plan on at least making it to the third round,” Abromson said.
Of Note: Three Wamps were recently named Bay State Conference
All-Stars: Rebecca Sherwood, Katie Casey and Amanda Abromson. Liz Hasseltine
was also named an Honorable Mention All-Star.