Thomaston softball knocks off Mills for perfect regular season
Here's what perfection looks like. Morgan Sanson and the remarkable Thomaston softball team beat Lewis Mills, 8-2 to finish with a spotless 19-0 record. John Nestor has the story.
THOMASTON - The beat goes on at Thomaston High School as the Bears softball team wrapped up a perfect regular season with an 8-2 victory over Lewis Mills on Tuesday afternoon at Bev Lowden Field.
Thomaston (19-0) will enter the Class S state tournament not only unbeaten, but also with a school record 27-game win streak. The Bears are the defending state champs and will be the No. 1 or 2 seed depending on what East Granby (19-0) does in its regular-season finale on Wednesday against Stafford.
Mills put up a run in the first but Thomaston answered with two in the bottom of the frame and then a five-spot in the second to take a 7-1 lead. That was more than enough for Bears starter Morgan Sanson who scattered five singles and struck out five with one walk.
"Going into this season we had the same mindset and the same expectations," said Thomaston coach Kelly Finlay. "I honestly didn't think we were going to go undefeated but we had a team goal of winning the Berkshire League because last year we came up short and we did a great job with that."
Last season Northwestern edged Thomaston for the BL title and the Highlanders are the last softball team to beat the Bears, back on May 15, 2014.
"These girls, they don't ever give up," Finlay said. "They put in the hard work and just love to play."
Alexa Milius went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Nicole Schaefer added two hits for the Bears.
The win not only wrapped up a perfect regular season but also sent seniors Jensyn Cleveland and Nina Barone out on a winning note.
"It was great to finish the season unbeaten and win the Berkshire League," Barone said. "That was a goal of ours after falling short last season."
Cleveland and Barone have been a big part of the Bears' recent success and have been leaders on and off the field for Finlay's club.
"We are definitely going to miss them next season," Finlay said. "They are both such hard workers, always looking to improve. They're always working to get better and for them to have that mindset, it's great for our team and our team is going to be better because of the impact of those two."
Sanson struck out Julia Arel to end the game and the Bears looked happy, but weren't exactly dancing all over the infield. It may be because they have had the BL title wrapped up for the last few games and it could also be that they have now set their sights on a bigger prize.
"This is great and we are excited but we are also looking at the bigger picture," Barone said. "We're all business and now we are going to move on to the state tournament because that is what we want."