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May 26, 2014

Danvers walks off with Corning Tournament title

BEVERLY — For the third time in as many years, the Danvers softball team walked away from the Courtney Corning Memorial Tournament as champions.

Yesterday, the Falcons rallied from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Bishop Fenwick, 6-5 with a walk-off victory in the title game.

When it comes to this tournament, however, it’s more than just a day of wins and losses. It’s about honoring the life of Courntey Corning and the game that she loved to play. The tournament is held each year in memory of Corning, a standout Peabody athlete who was just 17 years old when she died in a car accident in January 2007.

Danvers, which wrapped up its regular season at 17-3, was behind 5-3 in the final inning. Pitcher Kendall Meehan, who finished 4-for-4 on the day, singled to lead the inning off. Madison Mucci followed with a single of her own and Devyn Downs reached on an error, but Angela Saggese, who was pinch running for Meehan, was called out at third.

Shortstop Brittany Dougal hit a double to center, which scored Mucci from second. Anna O’Neill hit a shot to center, scoring Downs from third and Dougal was waved around from second to score the winning run.

“It was a great game, but I don’t think it should’ve come to a walk-off,” said Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “We had a runners on all game. Fenwick just played fantastic defense, they made some great plays.

“We talk all of the time that it’s a seven inning game and this is why. This is such a great tournament, though. It’s our honor and privilege to be here. We love it, but we also know that we have to close games out.”

Mucci drove in a run in the first inning to put the Falcons on top 1-0. Danvers continued to build its lead in the second, when Hannah Llewellyn singled up the middle to drive in a run and Meehan hit an RBI single to center to make it 3-0.

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