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The GHS softball march: Looking back on a state tournament season

Looking back a year ago in late May, the Gloucester High School varsity softball team was on track to reach the 2019 state tournament.

The 2019 Dukes earned the Division 5 Eastern Region first seed with a 19-1 regular season. On the last Saturday morning in May, the Dukes opened the Eastern Region first round against the Bethel Bruins.

The Dukes scored six runs in the first inning with five of the funs coming from the long ball. Emma West hit a three-run home run over the left field fence while Makenna Keyes would follow two batters later with her own two-run shot to center field. Courtney Hall added a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning. Gloucester would go on to win 10-0.Bridget Motley and Keyes each had three RBI on two hits while Mackenzie Smith twirled a no-hitter at the Bruins, striking out 10 and walking one in five innings of work.

On Memorial Day 2019, Gloucester would face perennial power Hickory Hawks. The Dukes would put runners in scoring position in the ...

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