Hannah Davis delivers the go-ahead hit in the top of the 6th to send Stafford to the program's first softball state title since 1976. #ctsb More championship excitement sure to come the rest of the weekend. pic.twitter.com/LP4JklLu4l
— CIAC Sports (@ciacsports) June 9, 2018
STRATFORD — Hanna Davis’ RBI single to left capped a four-run rally in the sixth and vaulted Stafford to the Class S softball championship, 5-4, over three-time defending champion Holy Cross of Waterbury Friday night at DeLuca Field.
This is the first state softball championship for the school since 1976.
Down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, and looking like it would be the fourth-straight victim in Holy Cross’ run of titles, Stafford stormed back.
Beginning with an error that allowed Julia Milnes to reach, Stafford loaded the bases with one out. Meg McDermott and Ryleigh Gilman hit back-to-back singles with two outs to tie the game up at 4.
That set the stage for Davis’ winning single. In the top of the seventh, Davis, who had come in in relief for Abbe Minor in the fifth inning, went to the mound and fought off Holy Cross’ last-ditch attempt.
With two on and two outs, Davis got the last batter grounded to first base and Stafford celebrated its first title in 42 years. McDermott finished 4-for-4 and had three RBIs to earn the game’s MVP for the Bulldogs.
The score was tied 1-1 after the first inning and stayed that way until Holy Cross took a 4-1 lead with a three-run fifth. Ali Brown had an RBI single to give the Crusaders the lead and then Holy Cross added three more on a hit and two Stafford errors.
— Courant HS Sports (@CTHSSports) June 9, 2018
STAFFORD 5, HOLY CROSS 4
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STAFFORD 100 004 X — 5