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The Central Massachusetts Bad Apples 18 under Junoir Olympic Softball team recaptured their New England regional champion crown!



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The Central Massachusetts Bad Apples 18 under Junior Olympic softball team recently recaptured their New England regional championship crown they won in 2008. They represented Massachusetts in the national championship in Salem, Va. Aug. 1-5. Back row from left: head coach Joe Cataldo who is also the head coach of the Wachusett High School varsity softball team, Megan Leblanc, Danielle LeBlanc, Adrienne Chase, Michelle Stephens, Shawnie Clark, Ashley Brower, and Cam Despres who is the assistant coach. Front row from left: Lyndsey Letourneau, Mariah Tenney, Keara Lavallee, Stephanie Storro, Sydney Despres, and Gabriel Picarello. Not pictured are assistant coach Mark Picarello and Tasha Polana. 
The Central Massachusetts Bad Apples 18 under Junior Olympic softball team recently recaptured their New England regional championship crown they won in 2008. They represented Massachusetts in the national championship in Salem, Va. Aug. 1-5. Back row from left: head coach Joe Cataldo who is also the head coach of the Wachusett High School varsity softball team, Megan Leblanc, Danielle LeBlanc, Adrienne Chase, Michelle Stephens, Shawnie Clark, Ashley Brower, and Cam Despres who is the assistant coach. Front row from left: Lyndsey Letourneau, Mariah Tenney, Keara Lavallee, Stephanie Storro, Sydney Despres, and Gabriel Picarello. Not pictured are assistant coach Mark Pcarello and Tasha Polana.



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The Massachusetts 18U Bad Apples, a Junior Olympic softball team stocked with local talent, won the ASA state championship with five impressive victories over the Fourth of July weekend in Plainville.

And they did so in dominant style, outscoring the opposition, 33-7, with three players combining for six home runs.

Megan Drummond of Ashby earned the win in the championship game, striking out six while allowing just one hit and no walks in a 6-0 victory over the Mass Destruction.

The Bad Apples had nine hits in the final, including six for extra bases. Carolyn Miller of Leominster went 3 for 4 and scored three runs, while Sydney Despres of Sterling and Phoebe Walsh-Costello of Worcester added RBI singles in a three-run sixth inning that put the game away.

The Bad Apples’ roster also included Amanda Perry, Katie Roy and Toni Scola of Worcester, Nicole Boris and Laura Gallagher of Gardner, Danielle Leblanc and Megan Leblanc of Templeton, Adrienne Chase of Holden, Gabriel Picarello of Sterling, Ashley Perry of Winchendon and Taryn Kelly of Glendale, Ariz.

The Bad Apples earned a berth in the championship game by beating Mass Destruction, 4-3, with Gallagher contributing two hits and Drummond striking out five while not allowing a hit over the final four innings.

In their opener, they defeated the King Philip Pride, 10-1, with Perry hitting home runs in consecutive at-bats in the third and fourth innings, and Drummond delivering a two-run blast in the second inning while striking out six over the seven innings.

In their second game, a 7-1 win over the Central Mass. Panthers, Perry hit two more homers while Kelly — whose father was a high school teammate of Bad Apples coach Joe Cataldo — struck out five.

In their third game, the Bad Apples trailed the Mass Drifters Elite after five innings, but exploded for six runs on four extra-base hits — including Boris’ go-ahead, two-run triple in the sixth — to win, 6-2.

Miller, Danielle Leblanc, Despres, Perry and Gallagher also had hits in the victory, while Drummond earned the win with 2-2/3 innings of shutout relief.