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Softball team advances to semi-finals in convincing fashion

Softball team advances to semi-finals in convincing fashion

Published: May 18, 2024 8:30 PM

The Newtown High School softball team defeated visiting Immaculate of Danbury 14-2 in the quarterfinals of the South-West Conference Tournament on May 18.

NHS, the No. 3 seed, came back for a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory in the regular season meeting between these teams. This time, the Nighthawks fell behind 1-0 in the first inning before scoring the next seven runs to pull away.

It was again a walk-off of sorts, as four bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the sixth inning ultimately led to the game ending early with an inning-plus due to the 12-run differential playoff mercy- rule.

Addy Cordova singled to bring in Maddie Thoesen for a 2-1 lead in the first inning.

NHS scored five runs in the second. Back-to-back singles by Sophia Caruso and Gilly Boughan, the latter on a perfectly placed bunt, followed by a bunt by Oliva Doersch and the base on an error, loaded the bases. Bri Pellicone worked a walk to drive in the third run and Thoesen cleared the bases with a line-drive double off the left field wall for a 6-1 lead. Cordova hit an RBI double to end the scoring in the inning.

Julia Berry drove in a run on an infield single for an 8-2 lead in the third.

Thoesen hit a double, one of her four hits, that led to pinch runner Valeria Gutierriz scoring on a sacrifice fly by Gabby Ansman for a 9-2 lead in the fourth.

Starting pitcher Cordova and reliever Thoesen closed out Immaculate’s offense, with Thoesen striking out in the fifth and adding another K in the sixth.

In the last of the sixth inning, Thoesen and Cordova singled to set the table for the walk carousel. Ansman walked to load the bases, Caruso walked to force a run, Boughan was hit by a pitch for another run, and Doersch, Berry and Lila Accousti each scored a run with a walk.

Newtown will take on No. 7 New Milford, which upset No. 2 Brookfield in the semifinals Monday, May 20, at neutral site DeLuca Field in Stratford (time to be announced).

Gillian Boughan bunts for a single as part of Newtown’s five-run rally in the second inning. —Bee Photos, Hutchison

Olivia Doersch races to first base.

Valeria Gutierrez scored a point in Newtown’s win.

Maddie Thoesen fires a pitch.