At Berlin, No. 8 seed Monadnock gave top seed Berlin a fight on its home field in Saturday’s Division III quarterfinal softball game, but ultimately came up short, 6-1.
The Huskies were held in check by Mountaineers pitcher Sam McCann, who allowed just two hits while striking out 13.
Monadnock took the initial lead, as Grace LeClair led the top of the first inning with a single and Caitlin Stearns followed with an RBI double to make it a 1-0 game.
Huskies senior pitcher Hannah Coppo staved off Berlin for the first two innings, but then allowed the tying run in the third, the go-ahead run in the fourth, an insurance run in the fifth and three more scores in the sixth. Coppo finished with seven strikeouts.
Despite the season-ending defeat, Monadnock celebrated its first playoff win since 2015 and its first trip to the quarterfinals in this decade after a change in the playoff format reduced the number of rounds.
“I’m very pleased with where we ended up,” first-year Monadnock Coach Chad Beede said. “I’m happy with the performance of everyone on the season, and we’re going to miss Hannah, but we’re happy to be getting back to work (next season).”