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After Tyrrell keeps DuBois hydrated, Raiders get by Indians in softball by a 5-1 final.

POSTED May 19, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Sometimes, all it takes is a random act of kindness by a teammate who is always seems to be there for you.

On Thursday afternoon, on Senior Day for the Torrington softball team, the Raiders bats were nowhere near as hot as the air temperature around them.

In the top of the fourth against rival Watertown, the Raiders had just one hit, a leadoff bunt single by Nina Julian when senior pitcher Ali DuBois stepped to the plate.

Before the Raiders ace got in the batter’s box though, teammate Alexis Tyrrell asked the home plate umpire if she could bring some water out to her battery mate during a break in the action.

The umpire obliged and DuBois worked on getting hydrated before stepping in the box.

Two pitches later, DuBois planted a long, two-run home run over the left center field fence and her team was on their way to a 5-1 win over the Indians in the Raiders last regular season game.

Torrington finishes with an impressive 17-3 mark and will start play in the upcoming Naugatuck Valley League Tournament on Saturday when they host Oxford at noon at THS.

“She’s always looking out for me,” DuBois said. “Alexis is such a great friend and teammate. It’s great to know I have somebody like that.”

Tyrrell started behind the plate on Thursday, allowing fellow senior Mariah Herczeg the opportunity to start on Senior Day and is a bundle of energy behind the dish, showing tremendous athletic ability which she displayed several times on foul balls anywhere near her.

The Senior Day festivities almost didn’t happen when the Watertown bus broke down on Route 8 near the Harwinton exit. Torrington sent a bus to secure the team and the game got underway nearly an hour late.

The delayed start hurt the team that waited at the field, the Raiders, who got off to a slow start at the plate and trailed 1-0 going to their half of the fourth inning.

One may have though the Indians would be the ones to get off to the slow start after sitting on a hot bus for nearly an hour but the Indians struck first when shortstop Julia Spagnoletti drove a 2-2 pitch from DuBois in the right centerfield gap for a leadoff triple.

Spagnoletti would come home on a soft single over third by center fielder Jacqueline Baldino and the visitors had the lead.

Watertown had a chance to do more damage after putting tow more runners on in the first on an error and walk but DuBois reached back and struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

The first time these two teams met earlier this season, it was another close game that Raiders would win by a 4-0 score and for a while it appeared the Indians might get their revenge.

Over the first three innings, the only baserunner the home team got was a walk to Taylor Rogers.

Once DuBois got the lead, she held the Indians in check while her teammates, led by senior Carissa Carbone, got her some insurance.

First baseman Nina Lestrud worked a walk with one out in the bottom of the fifth and moved all the way to third on a terrific bunt for a base hit by Sidnee Kovall.

A walk to Tyrrell loaded the bases with just one out before Nina Julian hit into a force out at the plate, leaving the bags full for Carbone who lined a sharp single to center, scoring Lestrud and Kovall for a 4-1 lead.

Torrington would add their fifth run in the bottom of the sixth without the benefit of a hit.

Lauren Jamieson walked and went all the way to third on a successful sacrifice by Rogers.

Jamieson would score on a wild pitch.

Watertown put two runners on in the top of the seventh but DuBois delivered her eleventh strike out and the Raiders came away with the win.

NOTES: The NVL Tournament starts Saturday at Torrington in the quarterfinals before moving to Naugatuck for the semi’s and finals on Monday and Wednesday of next week.

Torrington finishes the season in third place in the NVL with their 17-3 mark, their only losses to Holy Cross and Seymour (2), teams they will have to go through if they want to bring home the championship.

At 17-3, the Raiders are tied in Class L with Masuk.

The top seed in their bracket is Pomperaug, a team they beat in the states a year ago in route to their semi-finals appearance.     




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