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DuBois (15 K's, 3 RBI's) and Jamieson (2 hits, 2 RBI's) lead Raiders to NVL semi's.

POSTED May 21, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The road to the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament Championship is rolling on through very familiar territory.

The top four seeds in the league all moved on Saturday to the semi-finals that are scheduled to be played on Monday (weather permitting) in Naugatuck with the first game (# 3 Torrington against # 2 Holy Cross) starting at 4, followed by the nightcap (# 1 Seymour against # 4 St Paul) at 6.

In Torrington, the Raiders rode the strong arm of newly named All-NVL First Team ace Ali DuBois (one hit, 15 K’s) to a convincing 7-1 win over an Oxford team that pushed them the last time the two teams met 11 days ago in an eventual 3-2 Raiders win.

The Crusaders snuck by Wolcott by a 1-0 final while Seymour destroyed Sacred Heart, 19-1 and St Paul took care of Watertown by a 6-2 final.

If either the Falcons or the Raiders want to advance to the finals (scheduled for Wednesday in Seymour) they will have to do something neither could do during the regular season.

Beat the Wildcats or the Crusaders.

Torrington finished the regular season with a 17-3 mark and are riding a fourteen-game winning streak since dropping a 5-1 loss at home to Seymour.

The Raiders dropped their season opener to Seymour by a 2-1 final and where blanked by Holy Cross on April 18 by a 1-0 final.

Since that April 18 loss in Waterbury, Torrington has played much better and against some stiff competition including the Falcons (a 4-2 win) and a win over a previously unbeaten East Granby team (4-1).

What will it take to get past Sarah Lawton, who has owned the Raiders of late and a chance at the NVL title?

Perhaps some more of how they have played lately, including against the Wolverines on Saturday when they jumped out to a fast 2-0 lead which could have been more.

Alexis Tyrrell drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second. Carissa Carbone beat out a bunt, moving Tyrrell to third and then taking second herself before DuBois lined a long single to left, driving in the two runners.

On the mound, DuBois had a post-season look about her and you could hear it loudly when the ball landed with a bang in the glove of catcher Alyssa Dowd.

The Wolverines only managed that one hit and scored their only run in the third inning, albeit an unearned one.

DuBois struck out at least one batter in each frame and fanned the side in the fourth on 11 pitches.

The Boston University bound frame thrower retired the last thirteen she faced.

At the plate, DuBois has simply been a force of late. Her two-run home run against Watertown on Thursday gave her team the lead for good and on Saturday, she was 2 for 2 with three runs batted in. Her sacrifice fly in the Raiders sixth capped off the home teams scoring.

Torrington scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings to give their ace additional breathing room, not that she needed it.

A single, error and a walk loaded the bases for shortstop Lauren Jamieson who has been one of the teams most consistent offensive performer all year and showed why by driving a hard single to center, scoring two.

Carbone had another solid day at the plate with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI while Taylor Rogers drove in a first inning run with another terrific bunt for a base hit.

Beating either Holy Cross or Seymour signifies that you have done the little things to perfection, something both of those teams do so well.

Getting the bunts down or taking the extra base while always taking full advantage of an opponent’s mistakes.

Lawton awaits in the semi-finals.

Will this be the time Torrington can solve her?  





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