WINDSOR - While many of their peers are spending the summer of 2021 doing little or next to nothing, the members of the GROWS 18U Blue softball team, who show their love for the game and are more than happy to be able to be back playing a ‘normal’ schedule of games, continued not only to play, but play well at weekend tournaments throughout the state.
Most recently, coach Chris Martin’s team competed in a three-day tournament held in Windsor, going 4-1 to improve to 16-5 on the season.
The Rapids got out of the gate with a solid 5-1 victory over the NWS Elite 18U.
Watertown got things moving in the first inning, when Brianna Catalani singled on a 2-2 count, driving in the first run of the game.
Watertown lengthened their lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three times. The offensive onslaught was led by Felicia Salvati and Skylar Arent, who drove in the runs in the inning.
Arent was having her way in the pitchers’ circle, as well and was the winning pitcher; the lefty lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and one run (losing her shutout bid in the bottom of the seventh inning) while striking out five, aided by a defense which played errorless ball behind her.
Sarah Ross took the loss for NWS Elite, pitching seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking one.
In all, Watertown rapped out eight hits; May Dawes and Catalani had two apiece.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rapids 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 5 8 0
Elite 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
In a game shortened to two innings by inclement weather, the Rapids, who scored three runs in the top of the first inning, were 3-1 winners of the Valley Storm 18U.
The abbreviated game saw the Rapids bang out five hits, with Dawes, Kendall Allen, Alyssa Roberts, Cassidy Doiron and Felicia Salvati contributing one apiece, with Roberts and Salvati delivering RBIs.
Paige Fekete was the winning pitcher, allowing one run on one hit while striking out three in 1,2 innings befgore the game was halted.
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Rapids 3 0 3 5 2
Storm 1 0 1 1 0
In much better playing conditions, the Rapids again used superior pitching on the CT Hornets G2 in a 5-0 victory.
Paige Fekete got the win and Payton Doiron combinerd on a two-hitter for the Rapids. Kekete allowed two hits over four innings, striking out three; Doiron threw the final ining in relief.
In a rarity, the Rapids failed to score in the first inning, but made up for it by pushing across a single run in the second inning and two more in the third and fifth frames which proved to be more than enough for Fekete.
Emily Bishop took the loss for the Hornets, allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out six.
Watertown was bolstered by a nine-hit offense, with Cassidy Doiron and Kendall Allen each enjoying a two-hit effort.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Rapids 0 1 2 0 2 5 9 1
Hornets 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Another impressive pitching effort lifted the Rapids again, as Roberts and Arent combined on a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 Rapids victory over the CT Bombers Black.
This time, Watertown opened up scoring in the first inning on a Kendall Allen RBI ground out.
Roberts took it from there, going four innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Arent pitched a clean final inning to complete the shutout.
Watertown did tack on three runs in the third inning with a sacrifice fly by Catalani, a groundout by Allen, and a double by Dawes bringing in tack-on runs.
Dawes had two hits.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Rapids 1 0 3 0 0 4 4 1
Bombers 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
In their final game, it was the Rapids on the shutout short end of the score as they fell to the CT Impact Baccoulis, 3-0.
The Impact got on the board in the top of the fourst inning, then added two more in the second to complete the scoring while holding the powerful Watertown offense to one hit, a first inning single by Dawes.
The pitching was strong on both sides; Impact hurlers struck out two, while Watertown pitching sat down seven.
Arent took the loss.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Impact 1 2 0 0 0 3 6 1
Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
BY THE NUMBERS
The Rapids are hitting .398 as a team, led by May Dawes (.595), Sam Sylvester (.520), Brianna Catalani (.488), and Cassidy Doiron (.458).
Alyssa Roberts and Skylar Arent led the team with three home runs apiece; as a team, the Rapids have clubbed 17.
Cassidy Doiron tops the team with 29 RBI; Catalani has 18 and Roberts and Kendall Allen have 16 apiece.
Dawes has 25 hits, Allen and Roberts 23 and Doiron 22; in OPS, Dawes sits atop the numbers at 1.569.
In the pitching circle, Arent has five wins; Sylvester (1.50 ERA) and Fekete (32 strikeouts in 30 IP) have four apiece.
The staff ERA is 2.69 and it has struck out 112 batters in 109 inings again only 39 walks.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Rapids are scheduled to play six games at Pragemann Park in Wallingford on July 16-18...At 9 a.m. on Friday, July 16, the Rapids face the Kaboom 18U Barbero 18U, followed by a 10:30 a.m. matchup against Xtreme Chaos Gold Summer 2021 18U...At 4 p.m., Watertown takes on the NY Nighthawks Nighthawks 18U...On Saturdfay, July 17, the action begins at 9 a.m. against the ECBNY 18U and on Sunday, July 18, Watertown will be challenged by the CT Lady Knights 18U at 9 a.m. and the Western Mass Warriors 18U at 10:30 a.m.