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Division 3 South Softball | Abington 6, West Bridgewater 2

Abington defense shuts the door, and shuts down West Bridgewater

Dan Shulman for the Globe
Abington pitcher Tori Young rocks and fires during the Division 3 South sectional semifinal Tuesday.

TAUNTON — West Bridgewater was threatening to take the lead over Abington with runners on second and third with one out in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s Division 3 South sectional semifinal.

Coach Kelsea Cheney called in the infield for a mound meeting.

“We’ve been in that situation before,” said Cheney. “Just look for the out. We just wanted to calm down and play our game.”

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Then Green Wave pitcher Tori Young dialed in and second baseman Lauren Nelligan made a pair of tough defensive plays to preserve the lead.

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Abington (22-2) added four runs in the next inning to hold off the Wildcats, 6-2.

The Green Wave will face Case for the Division 3 South sectional championship Friday at 5 p.m.

“You just got to remain calm,” said Young. “Obviously something is going to happen, you just hope it goes your way. I had full confidence in my team, they back me up no matter what.”

The senior had four strikeouts Tuesday, relying heavily on her defense for support.

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West Bridgewater, which stranded five base runners, had seven hits, but couldn’t get the bats going early in the game.

“They started connecting a little bit,” said West Bridgewater coach Courtney Trupiano. “The girls stayed in it, the first couple hits were in the gaps. It was a strong game all the way through. The girls deserved to be here.”

Abington added insurance in the seventh, scoring four times on two hits, a wild pitch, and a pair of sacrifice flies. The Wildcats also made two errors in the frame.

“I asked them to push across one run and they got a lot more,” said Cheney. “That’s what you do when you’re a good team, you find a way to win.”

Abington opened a 2-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Lauren Keleher, who scored two batters later on a wild pitch.

Dan can be reached at dan.shulman@globe.com; follow him on Twitter @GlobeDanShulman.