The Foxboro High softball team has some valuable experience when it comes to playing the underdog role and that will come to the forefront again this spring.
The Warriors, who earned an MIAA Tournament berth via The Sullivan Rule (record against divisional opponents), claimed the No. 20 seed out of 21 teams in the Division 2 South Sectional Tournament.
Just last year, however, the Warriors earned the No. 23 seed out of 24 teams and advanced to the South Sectional quarterfinals.
Warrior coach Mark Maguire hopes it will be much of the same this time around. He thinks his team can reap the benefits that comes with a tough regular-season schedule.
“We’ve faced some good teams, some good pitchers,” Maguire said. “It’s just a matter of us having some good practices and trying to keep the girls focused on what we’re doing.
“We’ve been doing well against the tougher teams in the Hockomock League, which will serve us well,” Maguire added.
The Warriors were third in the Hockomock in runs scored (150) during the regular season behind only Division 1 power Taunton and Davenport champion North Attleboro. Foxboro was eighth in runs allowed (158), however a fair share of those came against high-powered offenses like Taunton and Franklin.
Foxboro has a bonafide star in sophomore shortstop Morgan Sylvestre. Sylvestre compiled a .400 average with 26 hits, four homers, 14 stolen bases and 21 RBI this season.
Add in senior third baseman Chelsea Gibbons (.436), Rylie Martignetti (.383) and freshman Katie Feldman (.303) and Maguire thinks that the Warriors are well composed.
“We’ve faced good teams, good pitchers and Emma (Rohan) has been there before,” Maguire said noting the tournament experience from the Warrior starting pitcher.
“We’ve got to get our bats on the ball and good things will happen – it’s about stringing innings together.” he added.
The Warriors even gained some attention from other teams around the Hockomock League, as others believe they are poised for a postseason run.
“Foxboro has played us very competitively the last three years,” North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace said after a regular season game last week. “They’re a very good-hitting team. They’re going to make some noise in (MIAA Tournament). I wouldn’t be shocked.”
Foxboro will travel to No. 13 Dedham in the preliminary round of the South Sectional on Thursday at 3:45. With a win, the Warriors would advance to play No. 4-seeded Falmouth on Saturday.