TAUNTON — Madyson Medeiros smacked a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Case Cardinals to a 6-3 Division 3 South softball victory over Rockland on Wednesday, putting the 10th-seeded Cardinals into Saturday's sectional final.
Case will play top-seeded Monomoy on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Taunton. Monomoy advanced by defeating Abington 6-3 on Wednesday.
Medeiros, who went into her ninth-inning at-bat 0-for-4, crushed a Michaela Bruno pitch over the fence in center to put the Cards in the lead for good.
"I was just calm," said Medeiros of her plate appearance. "I just wanted to do my job."
"She is a clutch player," said Case coach Shannon Silva. "I knew she was due. I don't think she's gone 0-for-4 all season. I told her to go up there, see the first pitch and time it up. I told her this is her season."
Case's season nearly came to an end when sixth-seeded Rockland struck for three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Rockland held that lead until the seventh when Case scored an unearned run to tie it.
With one out, Case's Medeiros hit a routine grounder to shortstop, but the throw was wild to first, allowing Medeiros to take second. After a flyout to right for the second out, Casey Medeiros laced a run-scoring double to left-center, tying the score and sending the game into extra innings.
"Even when we were down to our last out, I didn't for one second think we would lose this game," said Silva.
Case struck early with two first-inning runs on RBIs from Chloe Bibeau and Casey Medeiros. Bibeau finished with four hits, including a pair of doubles.
Case pitcher Riley Burgess held Rockland scoreless until the fifth when the Bulldogs capitalized on an error and took the lead on a run-scoring single by Molly Grass.
Burgess struck out six and did not walk a batter.
"She was very efficient," Silva said. "Even in nine innings, her pitch count was very low. She hit her spots, didn't walk anyone and kept us in the game."
Case finished with 14 hits. Casey Medeiros also had three hits, while Ali Feilhauer and Sydney Hajder each had two.