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Softball

Conant’s perfect season comes to end

Orioles beat Hopkinton, lose to Campbell in semis

  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.
  • The Conant softball team defeated Hopkinton to earn a final four birth. The Orioles will play Campbell on Wednesday.

It is hard to beat the same opponent three times in a season, any coach with experience will tell you that. Conant softball coach Tom Lambert preached this very message to his girls from the moment they found out they would host Hopkinton in a quarterfinal match up on June 9.

The Orioles played Hopkinton twice during regular season play, coming away with wins of 3-0 and 4-2.

The Conant bleachers were packed with fans on this beautiful Monday afternoon. In the bottom of the first, Sierra Landry hit a triple to get things started offensively for the Orioles. Landry was driven in by Heather Bilodeau’s single and the Orioles had a 1-0 lead.

Conant would surrender a run in the top of the second inning, knotting the score at one a piece, but the tie would not last long.

Landry would come up big again during her next at bat, driving a double in the bottom of the third. Landry was then driven in when Grace Chadbourne collected a double of her own, making the score 2-0 Orioles.

In the bottom of the fifth, Landry continued to have a big night at the plate, hitting a single. Bilodeau hit a triple of her own, putting two runners on for Chadbourne. After waiting for her pitch, Chadbourne rocked a double collecting two RBIs. The Orioles led 4-1 heading into the sixth.

Chalke, who recorded 10 strikeouts and three hits on the day, was settled into a groove on the mound, and with a solid defensive effort behind her, Hopkinton had no answer for the Orioles three run lead.

“The girls played fairly well today,” said Lambert after the game. The Orioles did what they had to do to get the win and move on, something that they have struggled with in the past few post seasons, failing to advance to the Final Four.

“They showed a lot of heart and put the bat on the ball, not striking out,” said Lambert.

Senior catalyst Heather Bilodeau is excited to move on to the final four.

“We couldn’t be more excited and ready for Campbell! It’s an amazing feeling to come this far and we want more than anything to keep going in the tournament. It’s senior week for Hannah, Jenna, and I and we are determined to keep the season going,” said Bilodeau.

The Orioles then found themselves in the exact same situation in the semifinal game on Wednesday night, facing off against the defending champion Campbell Cougars, who fell twice to Conant in the regular season as well. Unfortunately for the Orioles, the third time was not the charm against Campbell, as the Cougars took the game in a commanding 14-5 performance.

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