In a rainy Division I semifinal against undefeated, No. 1 seed Essex, Messier came through from the leadoff spot with a game that nearly got Colchester to its first final in 25 years. Messier reached base three times in four tries, walking in the first and third, then launching the Lakers’ dramatic seventh-inning rally with a hard single to lead it off. Messier scored the first of her two runs on Alli Sheets’ RBI single in the fifth for a 2-0 lead, and after Essex rallied to go up 3-2, her line single and Brynn Coughlin’s RBI double tied it. CHS added another run to take another lead, but Essex rallied for the second straight playoff game to take a 5-4 win.