GROWS Rapids16U: OctoberFast Tournament Champs

CHAMPIONS - The GROWS Water-Oak Rapids 16U softball team, after losing their first game, won five straight games to capture the championship of the 18U OctoberFast Tournament in Windsor on October 2-3. Front row, left to right: Aryn Bombery, Sophia Onofrio, Madelynn Orosz, Jazmyn Browne, Haley Burger. Back row, left to right: Coach Tim Angiolini, Nikki Garretson, Adriana Guerrera, Nadia Andarowski, Ava Harkness, Sophia Angiolini, Amelia Boulli, Coach Evynne Graveline, Coach Kayte Graveline. Not Pictured: Olivia Rinaldi.

WINDSOR - The GROWS Water-Oak Rapids 16U softball team got off to a slow start, but came on quickly in the 18U OctoberFast Tournament at Fast Pitch Nation in Windsor.

“I think our team was a little out of sync the first game as all our players are playing fall sports for their High School teams and we really haven’t been able to have a full team practice,” said coach Tim Angiolini after his team won it’s next five game to capture the tournament title.

“After the first game we settled down and got everything going,” said Angiolini. “Our pitching was fantastic and our hitting was outstanding as we tallied 55 hits over six games.

“I can’t say it enough that all of our players play extremely hard and they all play for each other; it’s really is fun to coach this group.” 

Game One

On October 2, the Rapids faced the BVSA Titans 18U and lost the lead late in an 8-3 defeat.

The game was tied at two with BVSA batting in the top of the third when the Titans began to pull away. The Rapids opened up the scoring in the first inning, when Aryn Bombery smacked a two-run homer.

Nadia Andarowski took the loss for the Rapids; the right-hander surrendered eight runs on six hits over two and a third innings, striking out four.  Ava Harkness, Bombery and Adriana Guerrera each managed on hit to lead the Rapids. 

Game Two

Amelia Boulli shut down the CT Tigers 18U, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Rapids to a 3-0 victory.

Boulli surrendered only two hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one.

The Rapids racked up six hits, with Boulli and Bombery collecting two hits apiece. 

Game Three

In a 6-5 win over the Sparta Cyclones (Manning), Madelynn Orosz was the winning pitcher for the Rapids, yielding five runs on seven hits over four and a third innings, striking out five.

Andarowski threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen to earn the save. 

The Rapids hammered out nine hits, with Nikki Garretson, Andarowski and Bombery leading the way with two apiece; Sophia Angiolini, Guerrera and Boulli each had a  one hit apiece. 

Game Four

The Rapids avenged their earlier loss with a  7-3 conquest of BVSA Titans 18U, with Boulli pitching the locals to victory.

Boulli went five and third innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking one.

 Andarowski provided relief hewlp with two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen, picking up another save.

Water-Oak’s lineup banged out nine hits in the game, with Sophia Angiolini and Boulli both collecting two. 

Game Five

Andarowski was the winning pitcher in an 11-0 win over the Sparta Cyclones 18U, throwing a complete game shutout and boosting the Rapids into the championship game on October 3.

A six-run first inning sealed the deal for the Rapids, with Angiolini, Andarowski, Garretson, Haley Burger and Harkness all driving in runs.

Andarowski pitched four innings, allowing two hits while striking out six and walking one; she was backed by an 11-hit attack, with Andarowski, Harkness and Angiolini each collecting multiple hits. 

Game 6

The Rapids sewed up the championship flag with a 10-3 win over the top-seeded NWS Elite 18U.

Andarowski was credited with the victory,allowing one run on two hits over four innings, striking out seven, with three innings of  relief assistance from Boulli.

In the first inning, the Rapids got their offense geared up when Maddie Orosz lashed an RBI single, the first salvo in a 17-hit assault.

Andarowski and Bombery (home run) had three hits apiece; Orosz, Garretson, Boulli and Harkness had two apiece.

“I can’t say it enough that all of our players play extremely hard and they all play for each other,” said coach Angiolini. 

“It’s really fun to coach this group.”

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