WATERTOWN - The Girls’ Rapids Oakville-Watertown Softball (GROWS) 18U Blue fall team had a full weekend of action
The Rapids played five games on the October 10-11 weekend, winning two of them, which left them with a solid 9-4 record.
A three-run first inning and the Rapids were off and running towards an eventual 9-2 win over the Impact Fastpitch CT team on October 10.
Nadia Cestari, Velicia Salvati and Olivia Lombardi had three hits apiece for the Rapids, who finished with a total of nine; Salvati and Lombardi drove in two runs apiece, with Salvati blasting a two-run, pinch-hit home run and Salvati rapping a pair of doubles.
Skylar Arent pitched five innings for the Rapids, scattering seven hits and striking out three.
The Showcase Bombers Elite stunned the Rapids with a four-run fifth ining to notch an 8-6 comeback win on October 10.
It appeared to be business-as-usual after the Rapids jumped out toa 3-0 first inning lead, only to have the Bombers come all the way back.
Kendall Allen and Salvati homered for the Rapids; Salvati drove in three runs and Allen knocked in two.
In their final game on October 10, the Rapids wre unable to rebound from their tough loss to the Bombers as they fell to Diamond Zone, which staged another last ining rally to win, 3-2.
Allen had two hits for the Rapids; Arent was the hard-luck starter and losing pitcher, despite giving up only three runs while striking out six in 5.2 innings.
It was a new day on October 11, and the Rapids, looking to shake off the effects of their late-game setbacks the previous day, appeared to do just that against the CT Lady Knights, unloading a mid-game barrage in a 12-6 win.
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Rapids erupted for eight runs, then added four more in the fourth inning, paced by an 11-hit attack.
Allen, Alyssa Roberts and cassidy Doiron delivered two hits apiece for the Rapids; Allen and Doiron both drove in two runs as the Rapids unleashed six extra-base hits.
In a wild first inning, the Lady Knights Gold outscored the Rapids, 5-4, setting the tone for what looked like it was going to be a long slugfest.
Against all apperances, the teams shut down each other the rest of the way, and the one-run Knight lead held up.
Salvati delivered a two-run triple for the Rapids; Makenzie Jones had two hits and scored one run in the loss.