Alexis Tyrrell and Ali DuBois lead Raiders softball to a 6-0 win over Wolcott.
TORRINGTON: Alexis Tyrrell is one of those players that wants to be part of everything. Every pitch, every play, every time.
The Raiders normal second basemen was pressed into action behind the plate on Friday when their regular backstop, Alyssa Dowd, was unable to play due to an illness.
This opportunity brought a smile to the senior, who leads by pure energy, moxie and determination for a team that has some pretty special players on it.
Tyrrell is used to putting on the gear and sitting behind the plate, she did it growing up in the Torrington Little League and enjoys doing it whenever she can.
The combination of Tyrrell behind the plate and Ali DuBois on the mound was an effective one against Wolcott on Friday with each player also doing their part at the plate in a 6-0 win over Wolcott.
Let’s start with a play by Tyrrell in the bottom of the first that is the epitome of why she is as clutch as she is on the diamond.
After blasting a long triple to left center, Tyrrell was on third as teammate Carissa Carbone attempted to get her home with a bunt towards the mound.
The ball was fielded by Wolcott starter, Nicole Antonowicz who faked as if she was going to settle for the out at first but spun around, catching Tyrrell halfway down the third base line in no man’s land.
It looked like the Raiders first attempt at getting on the board would go for naught but the hustling Tyrrell had other ideas.
As Antonowicz looked to cut Tyrrell off and run her down towards third, Tyrrell took a couple of steps back before breaking for the plate, leaving Antonowicz with no choice but to dive in an attempt to make the tag, but failed to do so as the Raiders scored their first run.
DuBois, who has clearly broken out of any thought of a batting slump, launched a long two-run home run to put the Raiders up 3-0 after one.
With the way, the Boston University standout has been throwing lately, three runs might as well be 40 for most teams.
DuBois struck out 14 and gave up a pair of soft singles in going the distance.
The scary part of the way the senior is throwing is that she is starting to master a nasty change-up, something that had been lacking and needed to be added to her resume.
On Friday, six of her first nine K’s came courtesy of the change of speed offering that casts just enough doubt in a batter’s mind so that they can’t sit on the fastball, which also seemed to have a little extra pop on it right now.
The Eagles did not get a base runner until second baseman Marissa Morales looped a soft single just behind short with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
DuBois would allow only two more base runners, a walk in the fifth and another blooper in the seventh.
Antonowicz would settle down after the rocky first, allowing just a long double by DuBois in the third before the Raiders struck for three more in the bottom of the fifth, started again by Tyrrell.
Tyrrell would single, steal second and move to third on an errant throw on the steal attempt.
That’s what Tyrrell does. She creates chaos when she gets on base.
“When she is on base,” head coach Maryannn Musselman said. “They have to worry about her and that opens it up for our hitters to do some damage.”
Raider right fielder Nina Julian would plate Tyrrell with a terrific bunt for a base hit and a 4-0 lead.
A single by Carbone (2-4, 2 runs, RBI) and a walk to first baseman Amanda Thiel would load the bases for center fielder Taylor Rogers who had looking for a big hit.
“I’ve been struggling to get my bunts down lately,” Rogers said. “So, I just tried to put the ball in play and it worked out.”
Rogers lined a single to center that scored a pair and the continued clutch hitting the Torrington offense rolls on.
“I like that we are getting the hits when we should be,” Musselman said. “We are playing sound defense and putting the ball in play and good things are happening.”
As for her leadoff hitter who loves to be in the middle of the action, Musselman can’t get enough of her.
“She reminds me of a puppy,” head coach Maryann Musselman said. “She always has to have something to do. She’s got a good sense of the game. I like that she is being aggressive and making things happen.”
Torrington improves to 14-3 while the Eagles fall to 11-7.