WATERTOWN - In the first competition involving a local youth sports team since the COVID-19 outbreak, the GROWS U-18 softball team took to the softball diamond on June 20 and 21, playing four games in which they finished with a 2-0-2 record.

Against the Titans 18U Blue, the Rapids scored a 7-5 win on June 21, scoring five times in the third inning, then adding solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Dayton Doiron was the winning pitcher for the Rapids, allowing seven hits in six innings while striking out eight.

May Dawes and Harley Jasmin had two hits apiece for the Rapids, with Dawes driving in three runs, while Jasmin, Makenzie Jones, Rachael Ushka and Daria Cisowski, who homered, drove in one run apiece.

              1 2 3 4 5 6  R H E

TITANS   0 1 0 3 1 0  5 7 3

RAPIDS 0 0 5 1 1 x  7 6 1  

The Rapids and Titans Green 16U teams played to a 4-4 tie on June 21, with the Titans coming back from a 4-2 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to forge the deadlock.

Jones and Autumn Mitchell had two hits apiece for the Rapids, who scored three runs in the top of the second inning to answer a three-run Titan first.

In all, the Rapids banged out nine hits to support the pitching efforts of Loren Mossey and Doiron, who combined to strike out eight.

               1 2 3 4 5 6  R H E

RAPIDS    0 3 0 0 1 0  4 9 0

TITANS    2 0 0 0 2 0  4 8 1

On June 20, the Rapids jumped out to leads of 2-0, 4-3 and 5-4 over the Titans 18U Green, but frustratingly were not able to put them away, having to settle for a 5-5 tie.

Doiron had two hits and two RBI to lead the nine-hit GROWS attack; Jasmin, Jones and Ushka drove in one run apiece.

In the pitching square, Alyssa Roberts pitched five innings, allowing only four earned runs.

              1 2 3 4 5  R H E

RAPIDS   2 0 2 0 1  5 9 1

TITANS   2 1 0 0 2  5 9 0 

In their first game of the season, the Rapids, behind the one-hit pitching of Doiron, rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Southington LIghtning 16U on June 20.

Doiron was in complete control, striking out five and walking only two batters and throwing 15 first-pitch strikes.

The Rapids scored two runs in the third and fifth innings to give Doiron all the run support she would need.

Batters one-through-four took care of the offense, as Jones, Dawes, Ushka and Kendall Allen drove in one run apiece.

Ushka, Allen and Cassidy Doiron had two hits apiece for the Rapids.

               1 2 3 4 5 6  R H E

RAPIDS    0 0 2 0 2 0  4 9 0

S’TON      0 0 0 0 0 0  0 1 1

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