The Whalers softball team had a chance to clinch a Big 3 title on its home field on Monday.
Given a second opportunity on Wednesday, this time on the road, New Bedford wasn't going to let it slip away.
Behind seven strong innings from eighth-grader Lillian Gray, New Bedford won its second outright Big 3 title in three years with an 11-1 victory at Brockton.
"I'm very proud and happy for these kids," said coach Harry Lowe, who has led the Whalers to three Big 3 titles in the last four seasons. "They've worked hard all year long. I keep telling them good things happen to people who work hard."
Gray allowed just one earned run on five hits and no walks, striking out four.
"It was a tough umpire behind the plate, but she kept battling," Lowe said. "She was sick when she woke up, but she got here and pitched a little under the weather. She did a great job for us."
Contributing to that success was the defense of the Whalers infield, which features junior third baseman Emma Ferland, sophomore shortstop Kiki Almeida-Silvia, eighth-grade second baseman Sydney Ramos and eighth-grade first baseman Kylee Caetano.
"We played very well today," Lowe said. "Our infield defense was excellent. (Gray)'s drop was working today. She got a lot of groundballs and we made the plays."
Gray also contributed at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Almeida-Silvia added two hits, including a triple, with two runs and an RBI. Ferland had two hits and two RBIs and Monica Eires collected two hits with two runs and an RBI. As a team, New Bedford finished with 16 hits.
"We hit the ball well," Lowe said. "Even some of our outs were loud outs right at people. They felt it when they caught our outs."
Durfee, the defending Big 3 champs, finished second at 2-2 and Brockton was third at 1-3. The Whalers finished 3-1 after sweeping Brockton by a combined score of 25-3.
"I don't usually let them celebrate too much on someone else's field, but today they deserved it," Lowe said. "They earned it. I let them shout out a little bit. It was a great bus ride home."
WP: Lillian Gray (6-6)
Next: The Whalers (6-6, 3-1 Big 3) play at Taunton at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Old Colony 18, Blue Hills 4
The Cougars locked up a playoff berth with the win. … Emily Littles continues to inch towards the 500 career strikeouts mark, now only 37 K’s away after punching out nine in her five-inning effort. … Of the four runs she allowed, only two were earned. … Hannah L’Hereux had a big day at the dish, finishing 3 for 3 with a triple and a double, stealing three bases, scoring three runs and knocking in two. … Mikayla Murray went 2 for 2 with a double, two runs and two walks. … Allyson Pompeo went 2 for 4 at the plate for the Cougars. … The Cougars finished with more stolen bases (12) than hits (11).
WP: Emily Littles (9-5) LP: Harris
Next: Old Colony (9-5, 5-3) hosts Tri-County on Friday.
Fairhaven 15, Seekonk 1
Laela Pepin had herself a day, only allowing two hits and one run over six innings on the mound, while going 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBI against Seekonk. … Elyse Rebelo was nearly perfect at the plate, finishing 4 for 5 with a double and a RBI for Fairhaven. … Brianna Cruz knocked in a pair of runs and had two doubles in her 3 for 4 performance.
WP: Laela Pepin (9-2) LP: Provazza
Next: Fairhaven (9-2, 9-2 SCC) hosts Diman on Thursday.
Dartmouth 4, Durfee 1
Sophia Sousa went the distance for the Indians, striking out 10 while spreading out four hits and six walks. … The one run she allowed was not earned. … Lindsey Oliveira and Haley Camire both went 2 for 3 for Dartmouth. … Camira scored twice. … Rachel Pereira scored twice, as well, in addition to finishing 3 for 4 at the plate.
WP: Sophia Sousa (12-3) LP: Dumont
Next: Dartmouth (13-3, 3-1 OCL) takes on Somerset Berkley at UMass Dartmouth on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Somerset Berkley 7, Apponequet 1
Apponequet’s lone run came when Sarah Blair had a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan McCloskey. … “They actually just got hits,” Apponequet coach Melanie Almeida said. “We played well defensively. Just have to tips our caps to them today.”
WP: Cadorette LP: Madison Fisher (0-3)
Next: Apponequet (4-8, 4-7 SCC) travels to Wareham on Thursday.
Wareham 5, Carver 0
Lucy Sullivan won the first singles match 6-3, 6-2 as the Vikings captured their seventh win, their most in a season in more than a decade. … Natalia Moulding won second doubles for Wareham 6-2, 6-0. … Giuliana L'Homme took care of third singles for the Vikings, winning both 6-0, 6-0. … Emily Glidden and Olivia Power won first doubles 7-5, 6-0, while Allison Sciaraffa and Mackenzie Brodley took care of second doubles for Wareham with a 6-3, 6-0 finish. … Wareham (7-8, 3-8 SCC) visits Fairhaven on Thursday.
Dartmouth 4, Durfee 1
Meghan Marshall set the tone for the Lakers, winning the first singles match for Dartmouth 6-1, 6-0. Kailey Humason and Holly Lahti won first doubles by the same score, 6-1, 6-0. … … Sarah Sughrue had the same scores, but flip-flopped, winning 6-0, 6-1 from second singles for the Indians. … Dartmouth’s second doubles pairing Kelsey Maciel and Olivia Lombard did not surrender a game, winning 6-0. 6-0. … Dartmouth (11-2, 2-1 Old Colony League) visits New Bedford on Thursday.
Westport 3, West Bridgewater 2
Sophomore Annie MacMaster stayed undefeated with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles. ... Amber Valcourt won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while the match came down to the No. 2 doubles, where freshman Brianna Quinlan and eighth-grader Sam McCarthy dropped the first set 3-6 before winning 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the final two. ... The Wildcats improve to 7-5 (4-2 Mayflower Comprehensive) and host Diman on Thursday.
Bishop Stang 3, St. John Paul II 2
The Spartans picked up two singles wins and one doubles victory to improve to 8-5. ... Sailor Nordstrom won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and Sophie Lynch won 6-0, 6-2 at third singles. ... Emily Pajak and Kassie Stone won 6-4, 6-2 at first doubles, while Caroline Downes and Sydney Oliveira nearly picked up a fourth win but fell 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 at second doubles.
Eastern Athletic Conference championship
Bishop Stang girls track and field finished second at the meet. … Sophomore Amber Lattuca was the Spartans’ lone first-place finisher, winning the 400 in 59.9 seconds. ... The Spartans will compete in the Division 4 championships at Ipswich High School on May 26.
Old Colony 15, South Shore 2
Elana Sargent and Jenna Mitzan combined for 11 goals as the Cougars won without their starting goalkeeper. ... Filling in was midfielder Lauren McGowan, who made eight saves. ... Mya Medeiros scoerd two goals, while Rachel Baker, Savannah Halle and Molly Lankowski added one each. ... The Wildcats improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mayflower Small, where they are tied for first with Sacred Heart. Westport plays at Middleboro on Friday.