SWANSEA — Welcome to high school softball jeopardy.

The answers is: This is the popular 1960s cartoon which Case High can best identify with?

Correct response: Who is Underdog.

The Cardinals, coming off a riveting win in the semifinals, collide with clear-cut favorite Abington (22-1) in the Division 3 South softball championship game on Friday at 5 p.m. at Taunton High's Jack Tripp Field.

The monumental challenge for the Cardinals is to keep Abington's run production under control. That, however, has largely been mission unaccomplished for Abington foes this season.

Abington is averaging almost 13 runs per game. The Green Wave won its first two playoff games by a combined score of 29-0 before disposing of top-seeded West Bridgewater 6-2 in the South semifinals.

Abington owns a 5-4 win over defending D2 South champion Norton and star pitcher Kelly Nelson, on April 23. Nelson and the Lancers came back to hand Abington its lone loss, 9-2 on May 24.

Asked about trying to defeat a team that scores a ton of runs, Case coach Michaela Goncalves answered, "So do we. If we play our best softball, play good defense and play good offense ... we can do this."

She said defense has gotten the sixth-seeded Cardinals (18-5) where they are, that making the routine plays and, perhaps, a couple exceptional ones, should keep Case in the game. At the plate, she said, it's all about discipline, not chasing pitcher's pitches, getting down the bunts. "Each girl knows specifically her job at the plate," Goncalves said.

Last Tuesday's 7-6 win over Coyle and Cassidy should serve as an ideal prep for the South final, Goncalves said. First of all, it should eliminate any possibility of overconfidence. Secondly, since Case rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, it shows the Cards are pressure-tested. "It proved we have fire in us. We have fight. It's going to be a fight. We've got to fight harder.," she said.

Case as a team watched an inning of Abington's semifinal win over West Bridgewater. Two of Goncalves assistants stayed for the whole game. While she has a scouting report on the Green Wave, she isn't bombarding her Cardinals with every last detail because "You can forget you have to play your game. We shared some stuff with them, but we want them to play comfortable, to play confident."

In last year's D2 playoffs, Case lost to Norton 1-0 in the first round. 

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