Glastonbury Little League softball champs crowned
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Jun. 22, 2011
The Glastonbury Little League softball season came to a dramatic close as the regular season champs, Glastonbury Family Dental, faced Hartford Toyota in the championship match on June 18 at Academy Field.
Glastonbury Family Dental wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, netting the 5-run-per-inning limit in the first with aggressive, heads-up base-running and timely hitting.
Hartford Toyota scratched runs across in the second and third innings, including a key RBI by Colby Johnson.
Dental’s Sydney Baird knocked one in for her team in the bottom of the third, and Kaylee Stebbins tacked on another with a double in the fifth to make it a 7-2 final for Glastonbury Family Dental.
Toyota’s Emily Jones also turned in a spectacular double play to end the fifth.
“It was an awesome game between two great teams,” said winning coach Jon Stebbins, giving credit to Hartford Toyota for playing a fine game and battling to the finish.
“[Toyota’s] Sara O'Connell pitched four innings of two-run ball and was backed up by some stellar defensive plays by Ali Zilahy and Jones. Colby Johnson did a great job behind the plate for Hartford Toyota. Amanda Heffernan had a hit for Toyota, and Ashari Brown walked and scored after stealing several bases,” Stebbins said.
Stebbins also thanked his team for their great game, and their sportsmanship all year long.
“Jessica Rodden pitched five amazing innings, allowing only two runs to score with 10 strikeouts,” he said. “Alaina Dixon did a super job playing catcher, acting like a cat behind the plate. Glastonbury Family Dental also had great running of the bases by Rileigh Queen and amazing catches by Tori Hurley in the outfield. Kira Patel, Sydney Baird and Casey Rodden also did a fantastic job helping their teammates score. Kristi Talia lightened the spirits on the team by constantly cheering people on all year long.”
Stebbins also thanked his coaching staff of Tom Rodden, Vincent Talia and Woody Baird.
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