Division 1 softball: Marissa Badorini redeems error with walk-off for Northampton

  • Marissa Badorini (14), of Northampton, is greeted at home after scoring on a hit from Abigail Pelis, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marissa Badorini (14), of Northampton, is greeted at home after scoring on a hit from Abigail Pelis, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton second baseman Marissa Badorini throws to first base, sending Aubrey Lazits, of Taconic, back to the dugout, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marissa Badorini, of Northampton, scores against Taconic on a hit from Abigail Pelis, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marissa Badorini, of Northampton, hits a single against Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anna Connly, left, of Northampton, catches at first base, sending Taylar Ostrander, of Taconic, back to the dugout Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marisa Badorini, right, of Northampton, beats a tag from Taylar Ostrander, of Taconic, to steal second Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anna Kerwood, of Northampton, pitches to Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Calista Lebron, of Northampton, bats against Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. She struck out during this at-bat. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton shortstop Zoe Driscoll-Sbar throws to first against Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anna Kerwood, of Northampton, pitches to Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Anna Kerwood, of Northampton, pitches to Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

  • Madelyn Subocz, of Northampton, catches a hit from Ashley Keegan, of Taconic, Thursday in Northampton. JERREY ROBERTS

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Published: 6/2/2016 7:53:17 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Redemption rarely presents itself so readily.

Northampton’s Marissa Badorini let a grounder by Taconic’s Rebecca Herbert roll through her legs with two outs in the sixth inning.

The Blue Devils led by a run at the time in Thursday’s Western Massachusetts Division 1 softball first round playoff game.

Ashley Keegan had slapped a ground-rule double to start the inning and came around to score on the error, tying the game.

Badorini didn’t let that be her last mark on the game.

Neither team scored in the seventh inning, and No. 8 Northampton held No. 9 Taconic scoreless in the eighth.

Allie Vanasse struck out leading off, and Jenna Subocz pinch hit for her younger sister, Madelyn Subocz.

Jenna, a senior, punched a single through the right side before Madelyn, a freshman, re-entered the game to run for her.

Anna Kerwood, the Blue Devils’ pitcher, grounded out to move Madelyn Subocz to second, bringing Badorini to the plate.

“I just really, really wanted to get on base, no matter how, and get the win,” Badorini said.

She took one pitch outside before making contact and floating the ball to the right.

Taconic’s first baseman ranged back but couldn’t catch the ball in the air.

Madelyn Subocz ran on contact and rounded third widely with a slight hitch.

“She was going. I was sending her the whole time,” Northampton coach Andy Pelis said. “It was one of those games where we weren’t going to put together hit after hit after hit. We needed to take advantage of any chance we had, so we were going to be a little risky.”

The throw came in to Taconic catcher Kailey Bell high.

She jumped at full extension and brought her glove down on Subocz’s hip in a cloud of dust.

Safe. Northampton prevailed 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils (12-8) will play at top-seeded Minnechaug (16-4) at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We know when we’re playing well, we can compete with anybody,” Pelis said. “These girls know a bunch of the girls on that team, so it’ll be fun.”

Northampton had to alter its hitting approach to even think about reaching base, let alone score a run or reach the quarterfinals.

Keegan, Taconic’s pitcher, dominated the first time through Northampton’s lineup.

She didn’t allow a baserunner through the first 3 innings and finished with 13 strikeouts.

“She does a phenomenal job. She’s kept us in pretty much all of our games this year,” Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said. “She’s also won us two or three games.”

The Blue Devils started to figure Keegan out the second time through the lineup.

Badorini (2 for 4) ended Keegan’s perfect game and no-hitter with a single up the middle with one out in the fourth inning.

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar struck out following Badorini’s first single, but Abby Pelis brought her home with an RBI single to break a scoreless deadlock and put Northampton up 1-0.

Anna Connly nearly extended the lead further with a blast in the next at-bat, but it landed just left of the foul pole.

She eventually struck out swinging.

Northampton put two runners on in the seventh inning thanks to singles from Driscoll-Sbar and Abby Pelis.

The Blue Devils just had to wait one more inning for their walk-off.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@gazettenet.com.




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