TORRINGTON >> No. 4 seed Torrington beat No. 13 Brookfield 2-0 behind a perfect game from senior pitcher Ali Dubois in the Class L Softball State Tournament’s second round Wednesday at Torrington High School.
Earning a first-round state tournament bye, the last time Dubois pitched, the Red Raiders led Holy Cross by a run with one out to go in the NVL Tournament semifinals at Naugatuck. Another pitching jewel by Dubois ended in heartbreak as the Crusaders’ final batter lofted a two-run homer over the left field fence.
“I think I was looking for some revenge today,” said Dubois after left fielder Taylor Rogers squeezed the final out in Wednesday’s gem – 7 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 errors, 0 Bobcat base runners.
“That (Holy Cross) home run was a good thing,” said Torrington Coach Maryann Musselman. “She worked hard today.”
“She pitched a great game; our girl (senior Samantha O’Brien) did too,” said Brookfield Coach Nick Castellano.
O’Brien’s pitching line was 6 innings, 2 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 hit batter.
“It was a good game, but, in order to win in states,” Castellano said, “you have to have three things: offense, defense and pitching. We had two out of the three, but we missed the first part.”
Torrington had all three, plus a fourth — opportunism.
In a game with few chances to score, the Red Raiders squandered two of them with over-aggressiveness, then hopped on a third to win the game.
Rogers lined the first hit of the game into center field in the second inning. Carissa Carbone followed with a ground-out to third. Rogers got doubled up rounding second in hopes of another base.
The same thing happened in the sixth inning.
Amanda Thiel led off with a hit to right field.
Cierra McGowan reached on the game’s only error, followed by a fielder’s choice on Thiel.
With Ashley Dowd and McGowan on first and second, Alexis Tyrrell hit a sinking line drive at Bobcat shortstop Cara Lennon that looked like it would get through. Instead, Lennon made a great catch, then doubled McGowan off at second.
“I don’t want to take away their aggressiveness,” said Coach Musselman.
The philosophy paid off. Between the two stings, the Raiders jumped on opportunity with both feet.
Nina Julian singled to right starting the fourth inning.
Lauren Jamieson, squaring to bunt, was hit by the pitch and the plate umpire awarded her first base.
“That was the game,” said Coach Castellano.
A double steal put Torrington’s runners on second and third.
Following a pop-up to O’Brien, Rogers hit an RBI ground-out to short. Carissa Carbone lined an RBI single to left.
“We’re used to seeing a lot of good pitching,” said Carbone.
“When we scrimmaged them in the preseason, we could not hit the ball,” said Dubois. “I think they might have under-estimated us.”
If so, it was Dubois’ chance to turn the tables twice.
Armed with a 2-0 lead, there would be no seventh inning homers. And this time, the Bobcats could not get the ball past Dubois and her defense.
Brookfield finishes the season 15-7.
Torrington hosts No. 5 seed Pomperaug today at 4 p.m.
“I want to keep remembering that home run,” said Dubois. “I want to keep the fire.”
No. 4 Torrington 2, No. 13 Brookfield 0
At Torrington High School
Brookfield 000 000 000 0 – 0 0 1
Torrington 000 200 X – 2 6 0
WP: Ali Dubois. LP: Samantha O’Brien.
Records: Brookfield 15-7; Torrington 18-5.