Lady Rams keep rolling in playoffs

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., May. 31, 2012
Ace Kaitlyn Lajoie has pitched lights out for the Rams all season.
Ace Kaitlyn Lajoie has pitched lights out for the Rams all season.

The Rockville Rams varsity softball team scratched across a walk-off run to beat Sheehan in the first round of the CIAC Class L tournament. Coach Frank Levick said the game was closer than he would have liked it to be, but also a good test of his team’s resilience.

The Rams got down early, as staff ace Kaitlyn Lajoie hit the first batter she faced, who later scored, and then beaned another in the first. Rockville played from behind until the 5th inning, when Jajoie plated teammate Jackie Ose and beat out a throw to first herself.

The Rams went up by sending another runner across in that inning, but Sheehan answered with a run in the seventh to tie the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Ose again got herself on base, and was moved to second with a sacrifice bunt by Laura Skoly. Then it was Lajoie again who knocked Ose home.

“They fight like crazy,” Levick said of his team. “Everybody could have just hung their heads after the two hit batters and the run, but they came back, fought, and won the game.”

Levick said the main thing his team is still adjusting to is hitting outside pitches, and hitting line drives – something that will be necessary if the team continues to play home games, as the open space at the RHS diamond leaves too much room for outfielders to track deep shots. Levick said the team’s belief is that they can go all the way to a state title.

The Rams (now 19-2) are slated to face Fitch (6-seed, 18-3 record) in a quarterfinal game on June 1. “We keep telling them ‘it’s our year,’” he said. “If we win Friday – if we can get past Fitch, I think it’s ours. But, no matter what, Levick said his team can already look back on a great season.

“I’m proud of these girls,” he said, “every one of them,” he said. The Rams earned a 3-seed and a first-round bye in the tournament, after posting an 18-2 record for the regular season. Only Foran and Maloney had better records, both at 19-1.

For complete tournament bracket, visit www.casciac.com.


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