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.
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.
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!