Young Jewett City softball All-Stars fall short in section tournament
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Jewett City - posted Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Jewett City’s 9- and 10-year-old All-Star softball squad earned this year’s District 11 championship but fell short in the semifinals of the Section 2 tournament with a pair of losses to Waterford South and Windsor over the weekend.
The team, led by head coach Nichole Janca with help from Rob Morano, Mark Lathrop and Mark Janca, managed a 4-1 win in their initial sectional tourney outing, against a historically strong squad from Coginchaug July 18. Their subsequent Saturday match-up against Waterford South suffered from what Janca called “one bad inning where we threw the ball around,” costing the team runs and leading to a 5-3 loss.
Moving to the loser’s bracket meant a game the following day, and Janca said she switched her pitcher and catcher to give her starting pitcher, daughter Julia Janca, a rest. But the bats didn’t heat up sufficiently to match the hitting of opponent Windsor, who went on to a 4-2 victory over Jewett City. “I think it was just nerves. We made the plays this time but we couldn’t hit,” Janca said.
Even so, she said, “it’s been a great season. I had a lot of young girls, and they all improved tremendously. They had fun but they learned a lot of softball.” Jewett City’s two opponents, Waterford South and Windsor, were scheduled to slug it out this week for the section title. Windsor would have to defeat Waterford South twice, as that squad entered the final round undefeated.
Janca said that even though “there were a lot of tears last night [after the loss],” the girls gathered for a fun post-season sleep-over.