An exciting season came to an end for the Arlington Catholic softball team on Wednesday when the Cougars lost in the Div. 2 North semifinals to top-seeded Triton Regional by a 12-6 score.
The final score makes it sound worse than it was.
The Vikings scored seven times in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead that AC cut to five (9-4) in the fifth inning, but Triton hung on to advance to Saturday’s North championship game against Gloucester.
After being kept off the scoreboard in the first four innings, Arlington Catholic scored in each of the last three innings,
In the fifth, freshman pitcher Kara MacDonald singled to left and was safe on second after a fielder’s choice grounder by Kaley Moran saw everybody reach base safely. Erica Johnson’s single to left loaded the bases before Bianca Burke’s one-out grounder scored MacDonald.
With two out, Alexis Morris crushed a triple to right to plate Moran and Johnson and Madison Smith singled home Morris to make it 9-4.
An error on a grounder by Kayla Donato put two AC runners on, but Triton pitcher Katherine Quigley induced a pop up by Caroline Macri to end the inning.
In the sixth, MacDonald led off with a single and went to second on a one-out grounder by Samantha Klein before scoring on a single by Molly Simmons.
In the seventh, AC scored once more when Morris singled and scored on a triple by Smith.
Quigley avoided any further damage by inducing an infield pop up and two grounders back to the mound to end the game and AC’s season.
Triton took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a pair of unearned runs thanks to a pair of AC fielding errors.
The Vikings erupted for seven runs in the third behind six hits and an Arlington Catholic error.
The inning chased Cougar junior starter Madison Figueiredo from the contest and MacDonald came in and tossed the final 3.1 innings. MacDonald took care of Triton 1-2-3 in both the fourth and six frames.
Arlington Catholic finished the season with a 17-6 record and was the fifth seed in Div. 2 North.
AC opened the playoffs with one-run wins over Marblehead and North Reading.
Triton improved to 19-1 with its win over AC.