Lewis Mills Softball in the thick of BL title hunt
BURLINGTON - After a busy week the Lewis Mills softball team finds itself right in the thick of the Berkshire League championship hunt.
The Spartans' spring break was anything but a break as they played four games and went 3-1 to improve to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the BL. Lewis Mills beat Shepaug on Monday and Thursday and posted a big 4-3 win over previously unbeaten Terryville on Friday afternoon. The Spartans dropped a 5-3 decision to Thomaston on Wednesday.
Lewis Mills, Terryville and Thomaston each have one league loss and each of the losses have come against one of the other co-leaders as Terryville knocked off Thomaston earlier this season.
The Spartans defeated Shepaug 6-5 on Monday in Washington, scoring all six of their runs in the sixth inning.
"Hitting is contagious and when Shepaug took the lead, I think it was a wakeup call. They realized now is the time to score," Lewis Mills coach David Bohmer said.
Shepaug took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth and then Mills responded. Kayla Sargis doubled and Powers helped her own cause with an RBI double to make it 2-1. Freshman Julia Arel delivered a pinch hit two-run double to left that made it 3-2 and Arel, Julia Sheahan and Lexi Beaulieu all came around to score later in the frame for Mills.
Shepaug tried to rally in the seventh with two runs but Powers recorded her 11th strikeout to end the game and preserve the win. Powers was also strong against Terryville in what was a huge early showdown in the BL, especially for the Spartans.
A loss would have put Mills two games behind Terryville but Powers scattered six hits and recorded eight strikeouts to keep the Spartans in the game and they rallied in the bottom of the seventh to earn a big win. Alyssa Halpin stole home in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 3-3, and Sargis scored the winning run on a passed ball.
Falisia Murphy had a double, single and an RBI and Halpin added two singles against Terryville.
The key for Mills the rest of the season will be offense. In Powers, Mills has one of the league's best pitchers and if she gets some run support, especially in the key games, the Spartans will contend for the BL title.
"When Amy came in as a freshman she was a seasoned pitcher," Bohmer said. "Even when she was a freshman she wasn't a freshman. She is throwing the ball well. She gets stronger every game."
Powers took the loss against Thomaston as Mills managed just one run through six innings before trying to rally in the bottom of the seventh and scoring twice. The Spartans fell behind 2-0 after the first and were down 4-1 through four. Mills managed just four hits and committed five errors in its first league loss of the season.
Mills rebounded with a 17-2 victory over Shepaug on Thursday to build up some momentum heading into Friday's showdown with Terryville.
"I am happy with our record but we have a long way to go," Bohmer said. "We need to work on certain things we are trying to do on the field, It takes up a long time to click, to get rolling as far as the games go. The Shepaug game was pretty much like our whole season so far. It takes us a little while to get going."
There is a long way to go for the Spartans and a rematch with the Bears, as well as a pair of games with both the Highlanders and Kangaroos will go a long way toward determining how things shake out as far as the league race goes.
"We have a young squad this season, which is nice, some new blood," Bohmer said. "I really like the team. We have a lot of talent and I think as the season goes along we'll keep getting better."