The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is fresh off a MIAA D1 state championship. Taunton High coach Blair Bourque joined host Dan Guttenplan to discuss his team’s state championship, which included a 2-1 victory over Hockomock League rival Franklin in the D1 state championship game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
Franklin entered the game riding a 20-game winning streak as the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 Tournament. No. 2 Taunton split the regular-season series with Franklin, with each team winning on its home field.
“I looked at (Franklin coach Zach) Brown at the end-of-season league meeting and said, ‘It would be really nice to see you in a couple of weeks,'” Bourque said. “We’d both be in the finals, and sure enough, we were on a collision course all year. They were phenomenal team, great players, good fan base and phenomenal coaching. So, we both knew each other. There wasn’t a whole lot of secrets or scouting.
‘If we faced each other 10 times, I think we’d split right down the middle. We battled it out, and it was a very entertaining game. I’m proud of our guys and how they competed. I’m proud of Coach Brown’s team. I wouldn’t expect anything different from his squad. Those are the games you look forward to, you circle on your calendar because Franklin is a perennial powerhouse. We know that going in, you’re going to get their best stuff.”