Assabet's Parmeter is back and good as ever.
WORCESTER - Earlier this season, Assabet Valley Regional sophomore ace Madison Parmeter suffered a left quadriceps injury that sidelined her for three weeks. It was a tough break for Parmeter and her teammates, who lost a couple of games in her absence, but she knew rest was what she needed to be ready to help the Aztecs pursue their second straight Central Mass. Division 3 title.
In the championship game Saturday at Rockwood Field, Parmeter was strong as ever, limiting seventh-seeded Quaboag Regional to one hit and striking out seven to lead fourth-seeded Assabet to a 2-0 win.
"It feels amazing," Parmeter said. "To do it last year as a freshman was amazing, but to do it again feels fantastic."
Parmeter's older sister, senior third baseman Morgan Parmeter, drove in the winning run with a double to left-center in the third.
"It was perfect," Madison said. "She did what I expected her to do. I told her Friday night she was going to hit a double, and she did."
Assabet (19-4) will face the winner of today's Western Mass. final between Turners Falls and Mount Everett in a state semifinal game Tuesday at UMass. Turners Falls defeated Assabet in last year's state semis.
"We want Turners Falls," Morgan said. "And this year, we want more. We want to make it to the final and win it all."
Quaboag upset second-seeded Worcester Tech in the quarterfinals and sixth-seeded Hopedale in the semis and rode an eight-game winning streak into the final. The Cougars finished 16-7.
Junior center fielder Harlie Wdowiak had Quaboag's only hit, a leadoff single to right field in the third. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a fielder's choice, but Parmeter got out of the inning unscathed.
"My thinking was basically just to get outs," Parmeter said. "I said, `We have one out, we can get two more.' I just kept working it."
The Aztecs struck in the bottom of the third. Senior second baseman Brittney Lutz ripped a two-out double to left. She scored on Morgan Parmeter's double.
Madison Parmeter retired 11 straight batters before Quaboag senior pitcher Allyson Sweet reached on an infield error in the sixth.
"Maddie, in my opinion is the best pitcher in Division 3, hands down," Assabet coach Mike O'Brien said. "She locates pitches. She's been very valuable. Our decision to rest her obviously paid off."
Parmeter returned to the circle about three games before the start of the CMass tourney.
The Aztecs added a run in the sixth.
Morgan Parmeter, who reached base in all three of her at-bats, led off with a single and later scored on her sister's sacrifice fly to center.
"I'm very proud of Maddie," Morgan said. "She stepped up today and gave us the win."
The Aztecs collected six hits off Sweet.
The Cougars had one other base runner. Sophomore second baseman Nikki Pappas reached on an error in the second.
"We just couldn't string the hits together like we had been doing," Quaboag coach John Fox said, "and their hits came at opportune times. They're a good ball team. They deserve to be here. We did, too, but one team has to win, and one team has to lose."
CUTLINE: Assabet's Madison Parmeter throws a pitch in the second inning.
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