Softball Bears remain golden - stop Holy Cross, 3-2
THOMASTON – The Golden Bear express just continues to roll on and it doesn’t seem to matter much what the name is on the opposing jersey.
A good Holy Cross team came to Bev Lowden Field Friday afternoon for one of those rare softball crossovers between the Naugatuck Valley League and the Berkshire League. The Crusaders (7-4) already own a victory over the state’s No. 6 ranked team and defending Class M champion Seymour.
It was one of those intriguing matchups particularly when you consider that defending Class S champion Thomaston could face the Crusaders down the road, Holy Cross also now in Class S.
And guess what? You can change the season but you just can’t seem to change the Bears. When the last strike was called Thomaston owned a 3-2 win and spotless 10-0 record.
With six of the starting nine players and eight of the total of 13 players on the team members of the Bears two-time defending Class S state champion basketball team it is also hard not to think about this – last loss Jan. 30 to Nonnewaug, 51-50, in basketball.
Umm, lose much guys?
And don’t think the experience doesn’t carry over.
‘”Those girls are used to tough games,’ said coach Kelly Finlay who, yep, is also an assistant on the girls basketball team. “When it goes down to the wire they know how to keep fighting. They don’t want to lose.“
The record says they don’t do it much either.
In a solid pitching matchup, Morgan Sanson outdueled the Crusaders’ Sarah Lawton with a five-hitter and five strikeouts. Lawton was outstanding in defeat with a four-hitter and 10 strikeouts except that two of the Bears’ hits went a long, long way.
Danielle Genest found the left center field gap for a solo line shot in the third inning, staking the Bears to a 1-0 lead. Then freshman Alexa Milius made her presence known in a big way.
Milius clocked a two-out, two-strike two-run home run over the right center fielder’s head for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“I was just looking for a base hit,” said Milius who has become a major threat in the Thomaston lineup. “I just wanted to get my bat on a good pitch. (Lawton) was a good pitcher, it was hard to get your timing against her. “
Holy Cross rallied for two runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-2 but Sanson made sure that was where it stayed. The junior left hander retired the side in the seventh to seal the victory.
And again, the basketball experience wasn’t far away.
“We don’t get intimidated, we have confidence we can win,” said Sanson.
A mid-season, non-league win. How big was it? Maybe a bit more than average.
“It’s good for us to get out or our league for a game and go against tough competition in Class S,” said Finlay. “Holy Cross has been in Class M. It’s little confidence-booster to know that we can beat teams like this.”
The Golden Bear train rolls on right through the seasons so far.