PEABODY — The Peabody Majors softball team is headed to states once again after beating Woburn, 10-0, Sunday night at Lt. Ross Park.
Peabody was 3-0 in Section 2 play, beating East Bridgewater and Woburn twice to earn the banner and a race around the field as fans cheered.
After losing to Peabody, 4-1, a week ago, Woburn defeated East Bridgewater to earn the No. 2 seed and a return trip to Peabody.
This game was never in doubt after Peabody jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and added seven more runs in the third. Logan Lomasney and Kiely Doolin hit back to back singles and Avery Grieco worked a walk to load the bases for Lizzy Bettencourt, who ripped a two run single to left field. Bettencourt was 3-for-3 and drove in three runs in the win.
"Woburn didn't play all that well defensively and good teams take advantage of mistakes," said manager Mark Bettencourt. "We really didn't have that many solid hits, most of the time they were flares that found grass."
Grieco took care of business in the circle and didn't allow any hits in four innings. She struck out four and walked two. The visitors didn't get a runner beyond second base.
"Avery did what she does best and kept Woburn from having a big inning," said Bettencourt. "She worked her way around a couple of walks and errors without letting anything get to her. Lizzy (Bettencourt) hit the ball hard all three times. She zoned in on that pitcher."
Peabody made the most of 10 hits and any time a batter got on base it was a sure bet they'd be off and running. Aggressiveness on the bases is one of the key things Bettencourt teaches his girls to do. They sent 11 batters to the plate in the third and blew the game open with seven runs, adding another in the fourth off pitcher Riya Patel. After Grieco kept Woburn off the board in the fourth the game ended early because of the mercy rule.
Lomasney and Jaelyn Emerson each had two hits while Ava DiVola and Jess Steed hit safely. Peabody next plays a double header at Woburn's Gonsalves Park on Sunday, July 14 to determine the state champion. If necessary they will have a deciding game the following night.
"We don't know who we're playing yet, but we'll focus on winning one game at a time," said Bettencourt.
The Peabody Juniors also wrapped up the sectional title by beating Wakefield in two straight earlier in the week. They will also be at Woburn for the states next Saturday, July 13 for a double header with the "if necessary" game on Sunday against Jesse Burkett.