Bobcats clinch QVJC girls' softball championship
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Brooklyn - posted Tue., Jun. 12, 2012
The Brooklyn Middle School Bobcats clinched the Quinebaug Valley Junior Large Division championship in softball on June 7, capping an undefeated season. The Bobcats defeated the Thompson Tigers 5-3 in a closely-fought contest.
“It was a fantastic season,” said coach Amanda Sorel. “A lot of these girls have been playing together since they were little. They are a great group of athletes. They're good kids all around.”
The Bobcats' entire infield consisted of eighth-graders. “When I took this team on last year, I told them that there's a good and a bad to this group,” Sorel said. “The good thing is that we have so much talent. The bad is the kids can play anywhere. It's definitely about putting the right combination of kids out there. If I have to move things around, I can. Also you are only as good as every single position on the field. Sometimes you have to make some tough decisions.”
One of the tough decisions on Wednesday was who would pitch. Courtney Trahan and Angela Caponi both looked good in pre-game warm-ups. Caponi got the call to start and Trahan played first base.
“We had excellent pitching, and pitching is key,” Sorel said. “That gave us a leg up, but we also had great defensive skills on the team.”
Brooklyn jumped out to a 3-0 start, but Thompson evened the score in the fifth inning. “I had some heart palpitations going on,” Sorel admitted. “One of the things I love about this group of girls is that they are true athletes. They have spirit and fight. They never give up. Even when things seem to be not going their way, they will dig deep and pull it out.”
Thompson threatened in the sixth inning. With a runner on first, a Thompson player hit a line drive to Caponi, who caught the ball. She flipped it to first, catching the base runner off guard for a double play.
“That was a game-changer right there,” said Sorel. “Between that and Courtney Trahan's hit to the outfield, those were game-changers.”