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CV Elite softball eliminated from Little League regionals

Published: 7/27/2021 9:35:55 PM
Modified: 7/27/2021 9:35:56 PM

BRISTOL, Conn. — The Bradford, Vt.-based Connecticut Valley Elite youth softball team bowed out of the 10-team Little League East regional tournament on Monday in a 9-1 loss to Connecticut to close a 1-2 appearance at the double-elimination tournament at Breen Field.

Representing Vermont, Connecticut Valley opened the tournament with a 12-0 loss to New York on Saturday morning. New York jumped to a quick 5-0 lead after one inning and used a seven-run third to end the game early via the mercy rule.

CV bounced back handsomely, however, with an 11-9 win over Rhode Island on Sunday night that included a pair of four-run innings to cap a comeback from a 6-3 deficit through four frames.

Braylee Phelps got CV’s fifth inning going with a one-out double. Brooke Osgood followed with an RBI double, and back-to-back-to-back singles from Kaylee Hamlett, Ava Kingsbury and Grace Griswold tied the game at 6-6. Mia Johnson’s sacrifice bunt plated Kingsbury to give Vermont its first lead since the second inning.

After Rhode Island tied the game in the home fifth, CV responded with a four-run sixth to take the lead for good. Abby Longto’s run-scoring triple plated Alexis Placey for the go-ahead run. An error later brought in Longto. Hamlett (triple) and Kingsbury (double) produced run-scoring extra-base hits for an 11-7 cushion that withstood a late Rhode Island rally.

Hamlett finished the game 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Kingsbury and Tori Forentine also drove in two runs. Hamlett also earned the win with 3⅔ innings of relief, and Grace Griswold shook off two walks in the sixth for the save.

Connecticut Valley’s tournament ended with Monday’s loss to Connecticut, one that saw the Vermonters match an opening-inning run before being overpowered. Longto doubled in the bottom of the first, moving up on a Phelps ground out before scoring on a Kingsbury RBI fly ball to right.

CV’s roster: Ella Putnam, Joslin Williams, Maisy Frydman, Brooke Osgood, Mia Johnson, Addison Murray, Tori Forentine, Braylee Phelps, Grace Griswold, Abby Longto, Alexis Placey, Kaylee Hamlett and Ava Kingsbury.

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