Peabody’s Emma Bloom, right, celebrates with teammate Abby Bettencourt after scoring in a Div. 1 Round of 16 win over Reading Tuesday afternoon. (Item Photo: Jakob Menendez)

Peabody softball knocks off Reading in Div. 1 Round of 16

READING — The Peabody softball team now finds itself just three wins away from a state title, as the No. 9 Tanners went on the road to knock off No. 8 Reading by a score of 7-4 in a Division 1 tournament Round of 16 game at Reading High School Tuesday afternoon. 

It was another massive day for sophomore star Abby Bettencourt, who nearly hit for the cycle at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple, a double, one RBI and four runs scored. She also picked up the complete-game victory in the circle, allowing four runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. 

Emma Bloom went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the victory, while Isabel Bettencourt (2-for-4) and Avery Grieco (1-for-4) each added one RBI. 

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