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June 23, 2014

Agganis Softball Classic: Mayblyum, Meehan help South to victory

LYNN — It’s not too often that opposing players from the across the area have a chance to play on the same team as one another.

Several softball locals had a chance to do just that at yesterday’s 17th Annual Agganis Softball Classic, as the game featured over 30 senior players competing at the top of their game.

The South team, which was considered the home team dressed in their white uniforms at Fraser Field in Lynn, ran away with a 6-3 victory over the North — claiming only its third Agganis title since its inception in 1998.

Danvers ace Kendall Meehan started things off on the mound for the South in the early goings of the game. Meehan, who is headed to Nichols in the fall, allowed a pair of hits over the three innings she pitched, struck out two batters and walked one.

The South struck first in the bottom of the first when Revere’s Cassandra DiBella knocked in a run on sacrifice hit. Pingree pitcher Christina Chalmers got the call for the North, striking out a pair of batters of batters in that inning.

“It’s such an honor to do this,” said Peabody coach Butch Melanaphy, who coached the North for the first time. “I grew up in Lynn, so I knew all about Harry.

“The girls were very nice young ladies and awesome to coach. You have to learn names and know where they play. It was fun though, no pressure. Win or lose, the girls enjoyed themselves. I met a bunch of kids from different areas and different leagues, so it was a nice day.”

In the bottom of the third, the South broke things open, scoring five runs including an RBI triple by Marblehead’s Olivia Vener. Tori Thistle’s (Swamp-scott) single helped the South take 6-0 lead after the first three innings.

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