TAUNTON— It’s nearly tournament time in the Greater Taunton area, and those teams on the bubble are looking to make the final push while those that have already made it will look to finish the regular season out strong.
Taunton baseball bounced back from losses to King Philip and Franklin with wins over Attleboro, Mansfield and New Bedford while Taunton softball fell to Attleboro but came back swinging two days later in a big win over Mansfield. Dighton-Rehoboth baseball had their four game win streak snapped by Norton, but took down Apponequet to finish the week, as did Dighton-Rehoboth softball. Bridgewater-Raynham baseball stayed red hot, as did Bristol-Plymouth baseball and Dighton-Rehoboth boys lacrosse, and all three look set for solid tournament runs.
Bristol-Plymouth girls lacrosse’s E Bradford is the Taunton Daily Gazette Player of the Week for May 9-14, receiving 35% of the vote. Taunton softball’s Ava Venturelli finished second with 28% while Taunton girls lacrosse’s Abby Szala finished third with 10% of the vote.
Now is the time to choose the Taunton Daily Gazette Player of the Week for May 16-21, with polls open through Sunday at noon and votes limited to one vote per person per device per hour.
Ryan MacDougall, Taunton
MacDougall tossed five shutout innings giving up four hits and three walks while striking out two and went three-for-three with a pair of runs and RBIs each against Mansfield.
Luke Barry, Bridgewater-Raynham
Barry through seven shutout innings striking out three against Durfee.
Colin Wilbur, Bristol-Plymouth
Wilbur tossed a complete game shutout, giving up four hits while striking out 13 against Bishop Connolly.
Hayden Bessette, Dighton-Rehoboth
Bessette pitched a five inning no-hitter while striking out five against Wareham.
Liv Mendonca, Taunton
Mendonca tossed four innings giving up a run and three hits while striking out three and also went three-for-four with a run against Mansfield.
Lily Welch, Bridgewater-Raynham
Welch threw a complete game shutout giving up two hits while striking out nine against Durfee.
Eliana Raposo, Dighton-Rehoboth
Raposo went five-for-five with five runs, four RBIs and a home run against Wareham.
Bryce Downs, Dighton-Rehoboth
Downs had seven goals and an assist against Greater New Bedford.
Sophia Perry, Bridgewater-Raynham
Perry had three goals against New Bedford.
Kylie Palmer, Dighton-Rehoboth
Palmer had four goals against Seekonk.
Luke Taylor, Dighton-Rehoboth
Taylor and Nick Antonio won the first set of first doubles 6-4 against Bishop Feehan.
Nicole Kimball, Bridgewater-Raynham
Kimball won first singles 6-1, 6-1 against Dartmouth.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Dmitirus Shearrion, Taunton
Shearrion won the 200 meter with a time of 0:22.44, beating his own previous school record, and was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that won with a time of 0:43.84 at the Hockomock League Championship.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Caelen O'Leary, Taunton
O'Leary won the 800 meter with a time of 2:22.85 at the Hockomock League Championship.
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