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Softball 2017: HKHS First Round Class M State Championships

Submitted by Mark Hale.

Haddam-Killingworth hosted Plainfield in the first round of the Class M tournament May 30, 2017 and came away with a resounding 15-3 victory.
Winning Pitcher Hannah Theriault was hit up for 2 runs in the first inning on a lead-off double by Katarina Devolve and an RBI single by Madison Kelley. Kelly would later score on a Fielder’s Choice. Theriault stymied the Panthers’ offense after those initial tallies.

Rachel Senechal’s Triple

In the home half of the first, the Cougars pounced; with All State Shortstop Rachel Senechal smacking a lead-off double to right center. Her All State cohort, Catcher Faith Mauri, drilled an RBI single into center. Amanda Minervino followed with a single. Mauri and Minervino were chased home by HK’s 2017 Valedictorian Ari Masotti’s mammoth triple to right center. Masotti was escorted home by Ali Halligan’s single to right.

Plainfield picked up their final run in the top of the third.

HK let the good times roll in the bottom of the third; plating 8 in a stream of well-struck balls: Minervino doubled to left; Halligan reached on an error; Shannon Nelson tripled to dead center; Riley Mrozcka belted a sacrifice fly to right to score Nelson. Ana Hale singled, Olivia Whitehead drew a base on balls, and both were chased home by Senechal’s triple to left center. Mauri followed with a towering homer to center. Minervino singled for her second hit of the inning, Masotti followed with her own 1-bagger, and Halligan drove in the last run of the inning on a Fielder’s Choice to short.

#13 Ana Hale Crossing Home

HK grabbed 3 more in the bottom of the fourth frame when Tori Rich reached on an error and took second with some heads’ up base running. Hannah Little singled to send Rich in to score. Olivia Whitehead followed suit with her own single. Mauri knocked in Little with a single and Minervino chased Whitehead home with a Fielder’s Choice to third.
Brooke LaTouche pitched well in relief to pick up the save.
Haddam-Killingworth travels to North Branford High School for the second round May 31, 2017 in a game scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (but, it likely will start early.)
Plainfield 3 Haddam-Killingworth 15
(at Higganum)
WP: H. Theriault
Plainfield 201 000 0 3 6 2
Had-Kil. 408 300 x 15 20 2
HR:(HK) Mauri
3B: (HK) Masotti, Nelson, Senechal
2B: (P) DeVolve; (HK) Minervino, Senechal
RBI: (P) Kelley (2); (HK) Mauri (4), Halligan (2); Nelson (2), Senechal (2); Little, Minervino, Mroczka.
Pictures by K. Brown.