– Allison Goldsberry
The Medford High School girls varsity softball team advanced in the state tournament with a decisive 14-7 home victory over Middlesex League opponent Woburn.
After trailing by a run in the first inning, the Lady Mustangs responded with three of their own behind RBI hits from junior Brianna Napoleone, a double by sophomore Ashley Eisnor, and a single by senior captain Sarah Donnelly, according to Head Coach Jack Dempsey.
In the second inning the home team plated two more runs following a key hit by Julia Kearney and a big double from Hannah O’Leary. Donnelly and Kearney came through once again with big hits, driving in a run apiece in the third inning.
The local girls broke it open in the fifth with six runs on four hits keyed by Donnelly, O’Leary and Kearney, said Coach Dempsey.
Donnelly and Kearney led the way in the Lady Mustang hitting attack, contributing four hits apiece, scoring three, and bringing home two more. Juniors O’Leary and Baily Flynn each had two hits while Flynn drove home three and O’Leary two. Sophomore Eisnor also had a pair of bingles and picked up the victory on the pitching mound, striking out ten Tanner batters.
Senior Jess Baccari banged a two-run single while Napoleone, Mary Donnelly, Gigi Braga, and Renee Staude also had hits.
Medford continues in the state tournament at Methuen for a 1PM game on Saturday. The winner advances to the quarter final.