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The Middleboro High softball team put together a sensational regular season, winning the Patriot League championship and losing only twice in 20 games.The Sachems had high hopes entering the postseason as the No.

3 seed in the Div.

2 South Sectional.Those hopes were quickly dashed, however, in the very first round on Thursday afternoon.Middleboro was stunned by No.

14 seed Bishop Stang, 3-2, in eight innings, and its sensational season has come to an abrupt halt."It's incredible right now,'' said Sachems coach Tanya Sullivan after meeting with her disappointed team.

"It doesn't even feel real, to be honest with you.''Middleboro was unable to get much offense going against winning pitcher Amy Leal, who gave up two first-inning runs and then held the Sachems scoreless over the next seven innings.The Spartans broke a 2-2 tie in top of the eighth on a two-out RBI single by No.

8 hitter Katie Quintin.Leal set down Middleboro in order in the bottom of the inning, retired the final seven batters and allowed just two hits after the second inning."We've been a real good hitting team all year,'' said Sullivan.

"We scored like 150 runs and had a team average of like .370."We've been hitting really well all season and we got hits today, but we just couldn't put it all together."We came right out and hit her pretty good in the first inning.

She was mixing it up nice.

She moved the ball around a lot.

I guess she kept us a little off balance.''Middleboro jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as leadoff hitter Tori Yost (3-for-4) got things going with a triple to right-center field.She scored when Emma Kenney reached on an infield error, and Kenney came around on a single to center by losing pitcher Amber White.The only hits Middleboro got after that were second-inning singles by Megan Andrade and Yost, a fifth-inning double by Yost and a leadoff single by White in the sixth.The Sachems left seven runners on base, including four in scoring position.Bishop Stang, which next the winner of today's game between Coyle-Cassidy and Hopkinton, got a run back in the third when Julie Mills reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Leal single.

The Spartans (13-8) tied it against White in the sixth on a Beth Reed RBI single.In the eighth, Alyssa Quann led with a single, was sacrificed to second by Reed, went to third on a Kendell Bukuras single and scored on Quintin's line single to left.White scattered eight hits, five in the last three innings."She pitched a good game,'' said Sullivan.

"She moved the ball the way she needed to.''The Sachems just didn't generate enough offense to support White, who had seven strikeouts."They are the No.

3 seed and obviously, this is a big upset for them,'' said Spartans coach Dan Sylvia.

"They've had a great season and I'm sure this is a tough loss for them.

They gave us everything we could handle.''With only two seniors in the starting lineup, Middleboro will have plenty of experience when it returns in 2010."Yeah, but that's not a lot of consolation right now,'' said Sullivan.

"We didn't want to end our season today like this."It's certainly not the way that we planned for this to happen.

We just couldn't put the hits together today and we made some errors uncharacteristically."We played a little nervous today, I think defensively for sure.

We've got a lot of young kids on this team.''
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