Not every victory is created equal.
In terms of wins and losses, sure, each contest has a value of just one in either column. But beyond that baseline classification, some wins are much bigger than others.
Whether they come with huge emotional lifts or large implications, they’re meaningful.
And locally, two programs picked up some pretty important victories on Thursday and deserve a proverbial tip of the cap.
First off, the Monty Tech softball team rebounded from a loss to Blackstone Valley Tech by topping the Beavers, 10-6, in the second meeting of the season and in doing so, the Bulldogs captured the Colonial Athletic League regular season championship.
At 5-1 in the league, the Bulldogs edged Blackstone Valley (4-2 CAL) for their first league crown since 2010.
Bridget Divoll picked up another win in the circle and the Bulldog bats provided plenty of support, pounding out 11 hits and reaching double digits in runs. Jessica Mueller (home run) and Jordin Sawyer each drove in three runs in the victory.
The Bulldogs (15-3) open the CMADA Class B tournament on Monday with a game against Oakmont Regional.
Not to be outdone, the Leominster’s girls tennis team had its own monumental win on Thursday, advancing past third-seeded Wachusett Regional in the quarterfinals of the CMADA Class A tournament with a 3-2 victory.
The victory was the first over the Mountaineers in head coach Daryl Robichaud’s 19 years of coaching the Blue Devils, propelling Leominster into the semifinals.
Arielle Kouadio, Kaitlyn Perrault and Caoline Bjornvig all picked up singles victories for the sixth-seeded Blue Devils, who now await both a time and an opponent for the next match in the tournament.
An Oil Can in Leominster
Former Boston Red Sox hurler Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd will make an appearance at the Hall of Fame of Leominster sports card and memorabilia store Saturday afternoon, signing autographs from noon to 2 p.m.
Boyd, who pitched for the Red Sox in nine of his 11 Major League seasons and compiled a 78-77 career record, will sign items free of charge, though the Hall of Fame of Leominster will have cards of the righty starter for $3 each, with all the money collected going to Toys for Tots.
The Hall of Fame of Leominster is located at 21 Sack Boulevard, just outside the Mall at Whitney Field.