It's Oxford versus Seymour for the NVL softball crown.
NAUGATUCK: We got the rematch most thought would happen.
It’ll be Ashley Guillette against Raeanne Geffert. It may last 25-innings and there may be 100 strikeouts.
Seymour and Geffert took advantage of the little things to get by the Torrington Raiders in game one by a 3-1 final before Guillette and Oxford needed but two runs and 18 strikeouts from their ace in a 2-0 win over Holy Cross.
They’re the number one (the Wolverines) and two (the Wildcats) in the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament and they will play for the top prize on Wednesday evening right back in Naugatuck starting at 6:30 p.m.
The last time these two teams met, my good friend Rick Wilson had dinner at about 10:30 on a school night after needing a calculator to add up all the K’s (there were 45 in total, 25 by Guillette and 20 by Geffert).
Each team advanced by doing just what was needed to get by an opponent who had a very good pitcher themselves by not missing chances.
In the first game, the Raiders had the first scoring chance when the put a runner on third with just one out after taking advantage of a vacant third base after a bunt play caught the Wildcats out of position, allowing the runner to go from first to third uncontested.
The Raiders though, decided not to send the runner on a somewhat shallow fly to left and the runner was stranded.
Seymour found themselves in a similar spot in their half of the third but cashed in with a little help from Torrington and a downright pesky player who will be haunting the NVL for three more years.
Freshman Rebecca Johnson has become a unique weapon for the Wildcats and after a slap hit to center in her first at bat, worked out a walk from Raiders ace Ali DuBois with one out.
Shari Minalga laid down a bunt towards third that the Raiders fielded and threw on to first for the out but no one covered third, allowing Johnson to motor all the way to third.
“When Rebecca get on,” manager Ken Pereiras said, “It’s like giving her a double. She just makes things happen.”
With Johnson on third, DuBois uncorked a wild pitch and without the benefit of hit, Seymour had the lead at 1-0.
Geffert meanwhile, was on a roll, retiring 14 of 15 at one point didn’t allow the Raiders a chance to put runner in scoring position during that stretch.
The junior (sorry again NVL) would finish the day with 11 strikeouts and didn’t really face a threat until the Raiders battled back in the top of the seventh, putting the tying runs in scoring position with two outs.
Consecutive singles by Brittany Young and Marissa Morris opened the door but Geffert shut it some with consecutive strikeouts.
Carissa Carbone launched a long double that scored Young for the Raiders run but with runners on second and third, Geffert induced a pop up to second that ended the game.
In the nightcap, Guillette was, well Guillette. She fanned 18, allowed three hits and a two run cushion may have well been 20.
The senior, who is headed to Coastal Carolina next fall, 13 of 14 at one point and the top seed put up single runs in the second and fourth innings.
So, here we go again.
6:30 p.m. game time. Yes, the lights work and there are plenty of them.
How many K’s will add up on Wednesday?
I’m not sure but I hope Mr. Wilson eats before he gets there. It’s not good on the stomach to eat at 11:30 p.m.