Panthers fall to SK in quarters

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The Johnston girls softball team fell in the Division II Quarterfinals to South Kingstown last week after topping Portsmouth 2-1 in the prelims.

Sophia DaCosta had an RBI single against Portsmouth, while Emily Iannuccilli also scored a run to give the Panthers the 2-0 lead. Portsmouth would narrow the gap with a run in the third inning, but could not knot the score as Johnston picked up the win. Taina Lopez picked up five strikeouts in the win.

Taina Lopez took the circle for Johnston in the quarters and recorded four strikeouts in the loss.

“It was a great season (making) it to the final eight (teams). We beat Portsmouth 2-1 at home then traveled to South Kingstown and lost 9-7 in a great game where my two captains Sophie DaCosta and Sam Febus both played a great game to end their high school season,” said Johnston coach Manny DaCosta.

The Panthers had a new look heading into 2019, which featured a young roster. DaCosta was excited to see his young club produce on the big stage.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls this season, especially seeing how young the team was with just four seniors and no juniors. They really came together as a team down the stretch and finished the season at 13-5,” said DaCosta.

Although Johnston’s future is bright with so many returners, the Panthers face the task of replacing the senior leaders that will be graduating this month.

“It will be hard to replace my four seniors, Emily Raposo, Sophia DaCosta, Sam Febus and Kelsey Scott next season,” said DaCosta. “We look forward to seeing what the future brings for this young, talented team.”

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