In the Div. 2 North quarterfinals, the Saugus High softball team was edged by host Winchester, 1-0, at Nutile Field on June 6. With the defeat, the 15th-seeded Sachems ended the year at 12-10. Winchester, who was the seventh seed beat Newburyport, 2-0, in the semifinals and then fell to Dracut, 6-0, in the North finals on Monday to end the year at 16-6.
It was a pitchers duel between Saugus hurler Meghan Molloy and Winchester’s Rachael Smith.
“Both pitchers did a great job,” said Saugus head coach Jessica Lucier, afterwards. “(Smith) had good movement and she was consistent.”
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Caitlyn Lyons singled and Julia Staffiere and Aurora Connolly walked to load the bases.
A wild pitch by Molloy allowed Lyons to score.
Molloy, who finished at 12-9 on the mound, went all six innings. The junior gave up the run on four hits.
Smith went all seven frames for Winchester. She gave up four hits and struck out ten.
Ayllssa Furtado led the Sachems offense going 2 for 2 at bat.
“I was proud of my girls,” stated Lucier. “They showed that they could play with anybody.”
Four Saugus seniors were named to the Northeastern Conference South All-Star team. Furtado, Stefani Terrazzano, Melissa Toomey and Emily McBride. It was the first time on the team for McBride and second time for the other three players.
Along with those four, the two other seniors are Gabby Cogliano and Amanda DiCenzo.
“I knew most of them when I was coaching basketball or from teaching them in school,” said Lucier. “They are going to be a tough class to replace. I will miss them.”
Saugus will return nine players next year including four starters.