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TOWNSEND — Townsend’s team in the North Central Massachusets Softball League recently completed a dream season. Competing at the Majors level, Townsend racked up 12 consecutive wins in the regular season before adding a pair of playoff victories to finish off a perfect 14-0 season.

The teams in the league included Townsend, the Lunenburg Sun Birds, the Lunenburg Rip Tide, the Lunenburg Heat, the Pepperell Racers, and the Pepperell Heat. Townsend took the measure of the Rip Tide in the first round of the playoffs before defeating the Heat to clinch the championship.

Townsend was managed by Zachary Zufelt, helped by assistant coach Dave Rapoza, assistant coach Shelly Babin, and director Dawn Gearin.

“It was a privilege to coach this group of girls,” said Zufelt. “They are exceptionally respectful and that made the experience more enjoyable. The parents of the girls were also very supportive.”

Townsend’s success resulted from a number of team strengths.

“This team was very balanced and we relied on contributions from everyone on the team,” said Zufelt. “This was a well-rounded group of smart players, who worked well together. It was a great team effort. We looked at the big picture when dealing with them. We had the girls learn the dynamics of the individual positions. They did a great job and that was a key to our success.”

The team’s main battery this season consisted of pitcher Zaylie Zufelt and catcher Mckayla Briggs.

“Zaylie was our primary pitcher and she was very consistent with good control,” said manager Zufelt. “She is our fastest player and hit .731 this season with 30 stolen bases. She batted second or fifth and is just a good all-around player. Mackayla was named our Most Improved Player this season. She is a powerful hitter who batted at the top of the order. She is a heads-up player with a strong arm and good speed and she stole a lot of bases.”

The starting infield consisted of Zabrina Zufelt at first base, Maeve Torrey at second base, Jordan O’Brien at shortstop, and Emily Rapoza at third base.

“Zabrina is a solid defensive player with good hands,” said coach Zufelt. “She is a strong offensive player who batted third. She stole 28 bases, including home a couple of times. Maeve is a

fundamentally sound player and smart defender who is very fast. Jordan is extremely solid defensively and is a smart baserunner. She is athletic, has a great personality and character, and listens and learns. Emily was our Most Valuable Player and is as solid as they come. She catches everything and is our best all-around player. She is athletic, batted fourth and hit .833 this season.”

The starting outfield consisted of Anna DeLeo, Amy Lamoureaux and Marie Rattey.

“Anna is solid defensively and is a smart player who is

much improved,” said Zufelt. “Offensively, she hits the ball hard. Amy is a powerful hitter. She is very coachable, she listens and then applies that on the field. Marie is another coachable player who is strong defensively and has good speed that she uses to advantage both offensively and defensively.”

No team wins a championship without depth, and Townsend was no exception as Kelly Gearin, Myranda Robichaud and Abby Sullivan contributed throughout the season.

“Kelly is an outfielder-pitcher and she is a tough out,” said Zufelt. “She is the youngest player on the team, but she was a dynamic player who grew at this level. Myranda is an outfielder-catcher and is another young player who is athletic and coachable. She has a lot of potential as a hitter. Abby is a centerfielder-pitcher and is a great athlete. She has good speed and is a good hitter. On the mound she throws hard and is working on her pitching.

“We had an outing to celebrate the season,” said coach Zufelt. “The girls on this team get along both on and off the field and they are a tight-knit group of friends.”