American Legion captures women’s softball titleBy Mike Berger
In a turbulent season shortened by the recent mosquito threat, the American Legion team defeated Angelo’s Place to win the Canton Women’s Softball League championship — the first in recent history for the Legion team.
American Legion player/manager Erin Costello said the team has been to the championship series many times before but won in it all this year with improved hitting and great defense.
The team finished with an outstanding overall record of 13-2, including a 7-1 mark in the shortened regular season.
In the best-of-three championship series played last week in Brockton, Angelo’s Pizza won the first game 4-1, but American Legion came back to win the next two, including a 7-2 victory in the second game and a 3-1 win in a very quick finale that lasted just 45 minutes.
“We have played together for a long time and in this league five or six years,” said Costello. “We’re mostly from Stoughton and we’re used to fast-pitch softball.”
Most of the players are in their late 20s and should return to compete for another title next year, Costello said. Last year the team went undefeated in the regular season but was upset by Angelo’s Pizza, which won the championship last year.
American Legion team members included Shirley Sullivan, Lauren Machado, Melissa McNamara, Lindsey Allison, Danielle Trull Donaghue, Danielle Pinnetti, Courtney Robinson, Kristin Johanson, Jenna Olen, Meghan Noyes, Keri Kravetz, Jill O’Connell, Jill Tracy, and assistant coaches Kathy Purdy and Karen Ronayne.
Angelo’s Pizza entered the playoffs in third place with a record of 7-2 and finished a very respectable 11-5 overall.
“It was a complete team effort,” said player/manager Donna McNamara. “We are a well-rounded team with players ranging in age from their 20s to 30s and 40s. We are diverse in age and experience. We appreciate all the support from Angelo’s Pizza.”
Other team members from Angelo’s included Karen O’Malley, Jane McGrath, Terry Rodriguez, Debbie Lodge, Carla McDonald, Deb Parker, Erica Batchelor, Ashley Paiten, Christie McKee, Tina Boucette, Jenn Mullen, Erica Stackus, and Kara Shea.
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