Perfection! Ali Dubois stops Brookfield by a 2-0 final in Class L second round game.
TORRINGTON: The last time we saw Torrington junior Ali DuBois, she had her arms hanging by her side after giving up a game winning, bottom of the seventh walk-off home run in the Naugatuck Valley League semi-finals last Thursday.
Flash forward to today on a bright sunny afternoon at Torrington High School and her arms were raised high to that blue sky after pitching a perfect game against a tough Brookfield team in a 2-0 Class L second round game win.
That’s right, 21 up and 21 down against a team ranked No. 13 with a 14-6 mark coming in.
It’s a nice line. No runs, no hits, no walks and no errors in a state tournament game.
This was not throwing a perfecto against a bottom rung team that went but five innings.
This was a state game, a win or go home moment for a pitcher who was devastated just six days ago after that tough loss to Holy Cross.
Dubois struck out nine, five in a row at one point between the fifth and seventh innings as she got stronger as the game went on.
This is a player with a constant smile on her face but a deep seeded drive to be better every time out.
With her predecessor, former Raider star Sydney Matzko in attendance, Dubois didn’t dominate early, she did one thing better, she pitched.
“She was acknowledging what the batters could not hit,” head coach Maryanne Musselman said. “That’s a smart pitcher. She’s going were they can’t hit, she’s shaking off pitches because she knew the hitters.”
The Raiders and Bobcats had scrimmaged during the pre-season and it helped Dubois know what they tended to swing at.
In a game that took just over an hour to complete, Dubois and second basemen Alexis Tyrrell accounted for the first nine outs themselves. Dubois struck out four and caught a pop up while Tyrrell fielded a pair of pop ups, snared a line drive and completed the third with an assist on a ground out.
After that it was the left side of the infields turn as third basemen Carissa Carbone grabbed a pop up and made a nice charging play on a bunt attempt.
Shortstop Lauren Jamieson got in the act to end the fourth on a pop up and you stared to think something special was happening.
Dubois was pitching to contact, something you are bound to do at this level and had faith in her defense to make the plays.
A seven pitch fifth featured a pair of comebackers to Dubois and the first of five straight K’s, bringing her to within two outs of perfection.
Amanda Thiel fielded a bunt and threw on to Tyrrell for out number two before Morgan Grady lifted a fly ball to medium left field that Taylor Rogers squeezed for the final out and perfection.
The Raiders gave Dubois all she needed in a two run fourth on an RBI ground out by Rogers and a lined single to center by Carbone that plated the second run.
What a difference six days made for the junior with the big smile.
From the bottom of the well to the top of the mountain.
The Raiders will be back in action on Thursday at home as they face off against either Pomperaug or Berlin.