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Tewksbury's Small Ball Proves Big Problem as Danvers Softball Eliminated

The Danvers softball season ended with a 6-1 loss to the Lady Redmen on Wednesday in Lowell.

Tewksbury's Brooke Hardy slides safely into third base against Danvers. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Tewksbury's Brooke Hardy slides safely into third base against Danvers. (Matt Schooley Photo)
Small ball was a big deal on Wednesday afternoon in the North Division 2 softball semifinal between Tewksbury and Danvers.

Tewksbury scored four runs in the sixth inning without a hit leaving the infield as the Redmen earned a 6-1 victory at Martin Field in Lowell.

The Redmen led off the sixth with a walk and the throw to first on the ensuing sacrifice bunt attempt pulled the Danvers first baseman off the bag. The next batter also bunted, but there was no throw and the bases were loaded with Tewksbury runners.

Danvers botched an infield grounder hit by the next Redmen batter as the throw got away behind home plate and two runs scored, making it 4-1. Tewksbury was happy to keep the small ball going, bunting home runs with the next two batters to help them cruise the rest of the way to a semifinal win.

Following the victory, No. 6 Tewksbury advanced to face Dracut in the North Division 2 championship game. Danvers, the bracket's second seed, ends the season with a record of 18-4.

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