HUDSON -- Groton-Dunstable (5-9) plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning in Monday's game against Hudson, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to the Hawks on the road, 6-3. The Crusaders trailed the entire game and left 10 runners on base in the loss. Hudson added two insurance runs in the seventh inning to quell the Crusader comeback.
"We kept fighting, but we didn't get the big hit we needed for it to happen for us today," Groton-Dunstable head coach Derek Asadoorian said. " I give (Hudson) credit they made some good pitches and came through when they had runners in position. That's the difference. We did some good things, and we don't have any quit in us. Annika Liljegren came up with a big triple for us in the sixth and Celina Antonellis laid a perfect suicide squeeze to bring her home. I wish we would've been able to hold them in the sixth to give us a better chance to come from behind."
Hudson plated the first two runs of the game in the home half of the second on a pair of RBI singles to center by center fielder Keaton Prashaw and Amanda Doucette. The Hawks carried a 2-0 lead into the second.
The Crusaders put the Hudson lead in jeopardy as they loaded the bases. Groton-Dunstable starting pitcher Alyssa Ash reached on a scorching single up the middle to start the inning.
Ash was called out on a force play at second for the first out of the inning Rose O'Malley reached safely on a fielder's choice to third base. Bridget O'Malley reached on a walk and advanced to second on the single to right by Emily Figueroa, but Hudson starter Kelly Young escaped the jam as she retired Liljegren to end the inning.
Ash kept the Hawks off the board in the second, despite allowing one hit in the inning on the single by Meghan Cadden. Groton-Dunstable threatened in the fourth, but it once again left a pair of runners on the paths.
The Hawks tacked on an insurance run in the third and the fifth inning to extend its lead to 4-0 after five.
Groton-Dunstable broke up Young's shutout bid in the sixth inning as Bridget O'Malley and Figueroa came across to score on the 2 RBI triple to center field by Liljegren. Antonellis guided a well-placed suicide squeeze down the first-base line to bring across Liljegren and cut the Hudson lead to one, 4-3, at the end of 5 1/2. Hudson added two critical runs in the sixth inning to make it a three-run game.
Groton-Dunstable started its comeback in the seventh with back-to-back one out singles from Ash and Rose O'Malley. The Crusaders appeared to be in good shape to plate two runs on the blast by Rose O'Malley to deep center field, but Prashaw stretched out to make the leaping over-the-shoulder grab to end the game.
"We knew we were working from behind in the seventh," he said. "I give (Hudson) a lot of credit. I knew coming into tonight's game like I do any time we play Hudson that we are going to have to play one of our best games, no matter what year it is, they're going to be tough. We did some nice things here-and-there, but we didn't string together enough hits to win it."
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