Softball ends postseason run in quarter finals

By Douglas McCulloch | Jun 11, 2018
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Hannah Arruda at bat.

After powering through the first round of the Div. 1 South playoffs, the Dartmouth High girls softball team ended its postseason run with a 9-2 loss to Taunton on June 11.

After two scoreless innings, the Indians put its first run on the board in the third inning. The Tigers matched with a home run in the bottom of the third, tying the game. The Indians took the lead 2-1 in the next inning, but the Tigers' second solo home run again tied the game 2-2. A Tiger rally in the fifth inning put the team ahead 7-2, and two more runs ended the game at 9-2.

“We just couldn’t make contact with the ball today,” said Head Coach Beth Arguin. “We couldn’t string up the hits that we needed, and when they had the rally it kind of sealed the deal.”

Senior captains Rachel Pereira and Sarah Morin said the team’s first round win, 4-1 against Silver Lake on June 9, gave the team hype heading into the quarter finals.

“We were the underdogs in the last game and we showed up,” Pereira said. “We had a lot of momentum going and we almost showed up this team.”

Despite the end of the postseason, the pair noted this season has been one of the best.

“In my four years this is the best year we’ve had yet,” Pereira said. “We’ve went on long streaks of winning. From last year we had all the same returners, no one graduated. We came back this year knowing that we were going to be better.”

Arguin also credited shortstop KK Alfonso with having a strong game against Taunton. While Alfonso said she struggled at the plate, she said her defense was the best it’s been so far.

“We had some errors, but that doesn’t define us as a team,” Alfonso said. “The seniors came out strong as they always do, and I think the team just put out a great effort -- we didn’t give up.”

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