WORCESTER, Mass. -- When Assabet Valley won the Division 3 Central Mass. title a year ago, it came most-unexpectedly. The perception was considerably different this time around. The Aztecs entered the postseason tournament with a belief that anything short of winning another district crown would be considered a major disappointment.
No. 4 Assabet was not only was confident mentally, but on the field as well. Against Quaboag, the Aztecs rode the right arm of sophomore pitcher Madison Parmeter to a 2-0 victory. Parmeter held the No. 7 Cougars in check throughout, allowing just one hit while striking out seven. She also would prove to be valuable commodity at the plate as well, driving in her team's second run late with a SAC fly.
"It's hard enough to get back to the district finals let alone win it again," Aztec coach Mike O'Brien said. "Now we end up winning two in a row. Last year was the first [district championship] in any sport in our school history so I'm pretty proud of these girls to do it again."
Assabet (19-4) moves on to the Division 3 state semifinal round where it awaits the winner of Sunday's Western Mass. semi between Turners Falls and Mount Everett at UMass. Day and time have yet to be determined.
Last year, Assabet lost to Turners Falls in the semis.
Scoreless after two innings, the Aztecs struck for a run against Quaboag pitcher Allyson Sweet in the third. With two out, Sweet served up back-to-back doubles to Brittney Lutz and Morgan Parmeter to go on top 1-0.
With Madison Parmeter in full-control inside the circle, run support was not going to be an issue. But in the sixth, the Aztecs got a little insurance. Senior Morgan Parmeter opened the frame with a single. Jen Casavant next lined a shot to right that was dropped putting runners at second and third. Madison Parmeter, who missed three weeks due to a groin injury, hit a ball to deep center allowing her older sister to tag up and score.
"Coming in as a freshman last year and winning a championship was awesome," said Madison Parmeter. "To do it again feels fantastic. We're really hoping that we get to play Turners Falls again and make up for last year."
Adds Morgan Parmeter, "I am very proud of (Madison) because she has really stepped up as a sophomore and today she gave us the win."
Quaboag (17-7) was hoping to win its second title in three years. In 2011, the Cougars defeated the Aztecs. But this time around, Assabet, an in particular the Parmeters, were too much for Quaboag.
"We couldn't string the hits together like we had been doing," Cougars coach John Fox said. "Their hits came at opportune times for them. They put the ball in perfectly where we weren't defensively. They are a good team but so are we. One team has to win and one team has to lose. That's pretty-much it."