Ellington's softball bats are on fire, gloves warming up

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Wed., Apr. 24, 2013
Ellington shortstop Rachel Tshonas makes a lunging catch vs. Enfield on April 22. Photos by Steve Smith.
Ellington shortstop Rachel Tshonas makes a lunging catch vs. Enfield on April 22. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Ellington Lady Knights improved to 5-2 after a convincing, mercy-rule win over Enfield (0-6) on April 22. “We're a really good-hitting team,” said coach Tom Gordon. “We're young, but we've even got a couple of freshmen who are hitting the ball really well.”

Gordon added that the Knights have scored close to 100 runs over their five-game win streak including vs. Enfield, which was recorded as a 10-0 win, but was really closer to three times that total. Ellington went through the batting order more than twice in the first inning.

The team has four seniors leading the way, and only two juniors, making the squad notably younger overall than in recent years.

Junior pitcher Samantha Anthony (who one-hit Enfield, and hit a home run herself to help her own cause) and senior Rachel Tshonas have been a one-two punch on the mound. With both pitching and hitting working well, the focus is on improving defense.

“In those close games, it's been our defense that has been the difference,” Gordon said. “If we don't play defense well, we won't beat anybody. We're working at it. We have a lot of kids in new positions. Only one outfielder is the same spot. Our first baseman and second basemen are new, and catcher is a big hole to fill. We've got a couple girls who are doing well there.”

Gordon said there are tests ahead, including Coventry and Granby Memorial (to which the Knights lost early in the season), and shoring up that defense will be the biggest key to making the playoffs. “We can hit, but we've got to play defense,” he said. “We'll see.”

The Knights host Coventry on April 26 and then go on a three-game road trip at East Windsor, Canton and East Granby on April 29, May 1, and May 3.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.

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