The young Durfee High softball team showed signs of marked improvement despite falling to talented New Bedford Vocational, 9-1. The Hilltoppers, who have been on the losing end of a few mercy rule games lately, including a 22-1 thrashing at the hands of New Bedford Voke recently, played solid all-around ball and was trailing The Bears by just a 3-1 margin in the sixth inning.
Durfee received a solid outing from sophomore pitcher, Emily Curran, who was making her first career start. The southpaw hurler kept Voc-Tech at bay most of the way before the Bears broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth. The Topper defense, which has been inconsistent early this season, was rock solid, eliminating the big inning that has plagued them at times.
Durfee managed to have baserunners on often, including a bases loaded, no outs situation and the top of the order up but Voke pitcher Madison Medeiros was able to pitch out of several jams. In total she allowed one earned run on three hits, while walking four and striking out 12. The lone Hilltopper run came on a solo shot blast to center field by Brooke Macedo.
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