Winthropâ€™s Alexandria Fisher had two hits and two RBI to power St. Maryâ€™s High School to an 8-5 victory over Amesbury in the Division 3 North sectional final Sunday at Martin Field in Lowell.
Fisher had the key hit in the Spartansâ€™ seven-run surge in the second inning, driving home two runs with a single. She later added a single in the sixth inning.
St. Maryâ€™s (17-7) led 7-0 after two innings before Amesbury mounted a comeback bid that was stopped by relief pitcher Mia Nowicki of Chelsea (7 strikeouts in three innings).
â€œIt was a great team win,â€ said Fisher, a senior captain. â€œEven though they [Amesbury] started to come back, we played all the way through. It was good to get the runners on base so I could drive them in.â€
Fisher is enjoying an outstanding post-season for the No. 8 seeded Spartans , who defeated Boston Latin (7-0), Greater Lowell (10-0), and Whittier (6-2) to advance to the final.
First baseman Vanessa Van Buskirk of Winthrop reached base twice with a single and a walk and scored a run. Van Buskirk played a flawless defensive game at first base.
St. Maryâ€™s was set to play Greater New Bedford in the state semifinal Wednesday night. Should St. Maryâ€™s win, it would return to the state championship game for the second year in a row. The Spartans lost to Assabet Valley Regional, 5-2, in the state final last year.