Thomaston softball gets by Lewis Mills, 6-5.
Morgan Sanson and the Thomaston Golden Bears got by Lewis Mills by a 6-5 score on Monday afternoon in Burlington. The Bears improve to 11-1 with the win and host Nonnewaug Tuesday.
BURLINGTON: Step one of three is completed. There is still much hard work to do.
As they entered their toughest stretch of games this season on Monday when they visited Lewis Mills, the Thomaston girls had a chance to show what they were made of against the best the Berkshire League had to give this season.
Against a determined foe who had already tasted knocking off the other top dog in the BL, Northwestern a week ago, the Bears had all they could handle but still managed to come away with a 6-5 win.
Thomaston jumped out fast in this one with a three spot in the first inning that might have been more if Spartan pitcher, Amy Powers had not buckled down after watching the first three batters she faced reach base and two of them score before recording an out.
Sophomore Julia Romaniello got on fast when she was hit by the first pitch of the game and scored on a long triple by junior Nina Barone.
Abby Hurlbert drove in Barone with a line drive through the right side and proceeded to steal two bases in a big hurry.
Powers recorded consecutive strikeouts but Nicole Schaefer worked a long count before lining a single to right that scored Hulbert.
Mills got out of further trouble when catcher Emma Kryanski threw out Schaefer trying to steal on a very close play.
Thomaston would add another run in the top of the second when Gabby Hurlbert lined a drive to left that bounced off the left fielders glove and led to Hurlbert coming all the way around to score.
The lead may have continued to grow in the second but an unusual play led to an inning ending double play.
Sophomore Danielle Genest singled to right center and when the Spartans failed to cover second, she took the extra base.
Romaniello hit a roller to third and was out at first on the throw but Genest took off around third, trying to score and did slide in safely with a nifty hand tag of the plate.
After Spartan manager David Bohmer came out and talked to the umpires about Romaniello interfering with his first basemen, the men in blue agreed and both runners were called out, ending the threat and more importantly, taking a run off the board.
Morgan Sanson started for the visiting Bears and retired the first six she faced before her defense let her down in the bottom of the third.
An error on a hard line drive to left by Mills leftfielder Julia Arel gave the home team a runner in scoring position and after Arel moved up to third on a wild pitch, she scored on a single by Kryzanski.
A stolen base and a pair of groundouts plated the home team’s second run and it was a new ballgame after three.
Mills would carry that momentum into the next inning when they would score three times and take the lead at 5-4.
One run scored on a Golden Bear error, the next two on a hard grounder to deep short by Kryanski that found its way into the outfield for the lead.
How a team answers after giving up five straight runs can be a true character test and this Bears team has no problem passing tests.
The rally started with two outs in the top of the fifth when Erin O’Neill walked on four pitches and stole second.
O’Neill would come around to score on a Sanson single up the middle.
Sanson took off and swiped second where she scored on the second RBI of the night by Schaefer.
The Spartans looked to keep the pressure up in their half of the fifth but Sanson buckled down with a runner on first by striking out Powers to end the threat.
Mills put runners on in the sixth and seventh innings but could not bring that tying run around.
When Abby Hurlbert squeezed a pop up by Gina Daniele, the Bears had pulled out a close one by keeping their heads under pressure late.
For this team, pressure is nothing more than an excuse to focus better.
The live for it.