space traveling warriors tier list : A trip back to the Division 1 state championship game is sweet music for Taunton’s softball

“I wasn’t thinking, surprisingly,” Demoura said. “I do a lot better at 0-2 all the time and I noticed that. When I see it, I just have to go up there and not think because my body just moves to the ball.”

On his next hit, Demoura made a line drive over the left-field fence, extending the Tigers’ lead to 3-0 in the third inning.

“Kaysie was expected, so she was feeling it,” said Taunton coach Carrie Consalvi, who will make her second championship game appearance in as many seasons in charge. “Methuen is a good team, we had a game plan and they went out and executed it.”

Taunton pitcher Catherine Larson kicks off the celebration after finishing off the win over Methuen.Team Barry Chin/Globe

Rookie Catherine Larson closed the door on Rangers (18-6), not allowing a run the last 4⅔ times in relief, netting one hit and eliminating three.

Rookie Brooke Aldrich hit a double RBI to left field, scoring in the third inning after senior Liv Mendonça laced a triple RBI at the right field line to add to Demoura’s solo homer and help boost the offense.

Kenzie Raymond celebrates one of his doubles pairs during Westfield’s win over Billerica.Team Barry Chin/Globe

Division 2 State

Westfield 5, Billerica 2 — Westfield sophomore Moja Premny directed her hands to the ball, throwing a single down the left side of infield to score sophomore Allie Rehor and put the Bombers ahead by an early run.

Premny wasn’t made there.

Premny finished 3-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, scoring the offense to lead No. 4 Westfield to a 5-2 victory over No. 1 Billerica in the Division 2 softball semifinals on Wednesday in Worcester State.

The Bombers (20-2) will play No. 2 Tewksbury in the championship game on Saturday at noon at Sortino Field at UMass in Amherst.

Premny started the fourth with a double hit to the center-left wall, marred by a pitching error two hitters later. The second year featured a notable presence in the snare, utilizing a compact balance to generate powerful line drives.

“She was huge today,” Westfield manager Tyson James said. “She hit the ball well, so big for us today.”

Shea Hurley spun a gem for Westfield in her win over Billerica.Team Barry Chin/Globe

Rookie Shea Hurley made it difficult for the Indians (16-8), knocking out 9 and losing 4 hits and 1 deserved run.

Hurley incorporated a lot of spin into his pitches, mixing in powerful fastballs to compensate for curveballs and dynamic balls. She shot 66 out of 89 to hit, maintaining accuracy while advancing the count while keeping runners out of base paths.

“She’s solid,” James said. “She has a really good head. We’ve been in some tight games and she knows how to keep her composure.”

Junior Kenzie Raymond scored a pair of doubles, a scheduled run and an RBI to help bolster the Bombers’ offense.

Westfield’s Ava Cichonski reacts to her double RBI in the third inning, which made it 4-0.Team Barry Chin/Globe

Division 3 State

Middleborough 8, St. Mary’s 0 — Middleborough, fifth, had already made history on the show just by taking the field against St. Mary’s in the state semifinals at Martin Field in Lowell.

Thanks to a five-run first inning and a dominant full game, 13 eliminations from Cassidy Machado, the Sachems made a little more history, claiming the show’s first state championship spot.

Middleborough (21-4) will face Greater New Bedford on Saturday at Sortino Field in Amherst (2.30pm). Spartans finish at 19-5.

“It doesn’t feel real,” said Machado, who gave up after just two blows. “It feels unreal that we are playing the state championship.”

The Sachems sent eight to the plate in the first five races. Alex Welch drove in the first run of the game with a loose ball in the center. Mel Rees added an RBI single and Eva Jenness did a two-run double. Lexi Bouldri also had a single RBI in the grand entrance. Middleborough pushed the lead to 7-0 in the second in a two-run single from Welch. Paige Rooney added an RBI single on the seventh.

“We pride ourselves on our hitting, one to nine we can hit and with Cassidy out there, we’re hard to beat,” said Middleborough manager Dan Sylvia.

Division 4 State

Amesbury 7, Wahconah 1 — At the. 2 seed Amesbury is heading back for the state championship game after defeating No. 3 Warriors at Westfield State.

Amesbury, who dropped to Turners Falls last spring in the Division 3 state finals, will head to the UMass campus on Saturday to face Case for the state championship (5pm, Sortino Field).

“It’s amazing, I’m not going to lie to you,” said Amesbury coach Jacquie Waters after the win. “I especially want it for my four seniors. . . and I just wanted to get here, now it depends on them, but I wanted to get here.”

Olivia DeLong came in to pitch for Amesbury after the first inning and knocked out 12 batters, allowing just one hit. Alana DeLisle pitched the first inning before Waters made the switch.

“Alana and Liv all year broke up [games]” said Waters. “Alana is a trash thrower, I felt they were going to hit this. . . so we made a move and it worked fine. Liv plays a lot of heat.”

Ella Bezanson went 2-4 with a treble, two RBIs and a run scored. Olivia Levasseur, Calista Catarius and Lauren Celia each went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Correspondents Kevin Stone reported from Lowell and Colin McCarthy of Westfield.


Cam Kerry can be reached at cam.kerry@globe.com.

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