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Madison downs Lady Cougars in regional final
STANDISH --There's times when things do not pan out and the Dirigo softball team found out firsthand that it requires an all-around performance and that didn't materialize.
The Lady Cougars simply was unable to fend off Madison who proved to be unstoppable in the Class C regional championship game.
Dirigo actually scored first and then had a golden opportunity to break things open, however, the threat felt silent,, while Madison put things together in a 10-3 win at bailey Field on the campus of Saint Josephs College.
The top-ranked Bulldogs had to much firepower and hit the ball sharply against Dirigo pitcher Cami Denny. This was counteracted by the strong outing by Emily McKenney, who pitched a strong game in going the distance.
The Cougars offense was led by Natalie Bolduc, who doubled to lead off the game. She advanced on a throwing error and then slid home safely on an Emma Leuders grounder.
Madison took a 2-1 lead in the second on three hits, all with two outs. The margin would have been greater, but Dirigo right fielder Gretchen Bradbury saved the runs with a diving catch to end the inning.
The Cougars fought back and loaded the bases with no outs in the third. Madison received a break when a base runner failed to tag on Natasha DeRoche's drive to left. Denny hit a bloop single to tie the game, 2-2.
''That inning we had the bases loaded and didn't capitalize on that, that could have been a game changer,'' said coach Sara Thurston. "We didn't get any further with that.''
Dirigo as held to five hits, including four by Bolduc. DeRoche reached base twice and was solid at short stop.
In the fifth, DeRoche walked, advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch. She had raced to the plate and the catcher was waiting with the ball. DeRoche instinctively leaped over the Bulldog player and landed with a thud and touched the plate, avoiding the tag.
''It's the second time in school history that we've been here,'' said Thurston, referring to the Cougar winning the 2012 regional championship. ''So you've got to be proud of that.''
Dirigo's Gabby Scott made a major league catch in left field, saving an extra-base hit in the third.
"They had some wonderful hits and great contact with the ball,'' said Thurston. ''I told the girls that we had some great defensive plays, but that fourth inning (seven runs), they had better hits.''