By John Anderson

One point sometimes makes all the difference in a game, and this was certainly true during yesterday’s District Finals. The boys lost to #1 Groton-Dunstable 1-0 while the girls bested #1 Grafton 2-1. Auburn softball will play in the Central/Western State Semi-Final on Tuesday at Worcester State University. They will face Hampshire Regional High School from Westhampton. At press time, the hour had not been announced.

Photo Jeff LaBonte

Photo Jeff LaBonte

Speaking of one-pointers and coming into yesterday’s game, Groton-Dunstable had two 1-run games during their 20-0 season while Auburn had 4 when they went 19-3. Both teams also scored in every one of their games, until yesterday. Although the Crusaders were expected to be a tough team to beat, Auburn has a great record in the Central District Finals. The Rockets have made it to this game 7 times in the last ten years, and they have 5 wins to their credit. For the seniors, underclassmen, coaches and fans, this was a tough loss, but it closes a very respectable season. Thanks for the entertainment.

Auburn softball lost to Grafton 1-0 on April 18th and 2-1 on May 9th. During 2015, the Rockets lost to the Indians 2-1 in the regular season before getting crushed 6-0 in the district semi-final. It was time for an Auburn win, and Sunday was the day. It was also the first time since the mid-1980’s that the Rockets appeared in a district final.

Photo- Mark Seliger

Photo- Mark Seliger

Despite 4 errors, 2 of which contributed to Grafton’s only run in the bottom of the 4th inning, Auburn put up the first run in the 3rd and had 9 hits to the Indians’ 3. Julia Handfield pitched another great game allowing just that single run and 2 walks while striking out 12.

After Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Millbury, first-year coach Kim Danish acknowledged that they knew Grafton would be tough again. But, she also pointed out that both previous losses were by one run.

What a difference a point makes!