Mystic takes NS-P to the limit in District 10 softball

Mystic's Rylee MacMillan slides home safely under the tag of North Stonington-Pawcatuck pitcher Trinity Lennon to score a third-inning run during Mystic's 8-5 win Thursday in the championship round of the District 10 Little League (11-12) softball tournament. The teams will meet again for the title on Saturday.

Stonington - The Mystic Little League 11-12 softball all-stars got even with North Stonington-Pawcatuck on Thursday night.

Now they'll have to do it again.

Mystic, the defending District 10 champion, rallied to win 8-5 and force a winner-take-all game Saturday at Mystic at 5 p.m.

Mystic led 4-2 heading to the bottom of the third inning - despite having only one hit. But North Stonington-Pawcatuck scored three in the bottom of the third for a 5-4 lead and had the bases loaded with one out.

Mystic pitcher Jayden Delaporta, who struggled with her control early, took over from there. She struck out the next batter and induced an inning-ending groundout.

"Jayden left the bases loaded and that got us out of trouble,'' said Mystic coach Dave Mewha.

Delaporta struck out three in the bottom of the fourth and she and her teammates got the lead back in the top of the fifth.

Natalie Labasi, Mystic's leadoff hitter, started the inning with a booming triple. Cassie Woods reached on an infield single as Labasi held, then Delaporta doubled home Labasi. Woods scored on a passed ball, Emily Adams drove in Delaporta, stole second and third then scored on a wild pitch.

Delaporta retired the side in order in the fifth. And, while allowing two singles, struck out three more batters in the sixth to end the game.

"Our team has worked hard for this,'' said Delaporta. "It was really tough. They're a good hitting team.''

Delaporta finished with an eight-hitter with 11 strikeouts and four walks.

"She really settled in,'' said Mewha. "They were teeing off on her early. They were right on her.''

North Stonington-Pawcatuck beat Mystic 7-6 Monday night to earn a spot in the championship round.

"We missed a couple of timely hits,'' said North Stonington-Pawcatuck coach Tom Lennon. "And that's what we had Monday. We load the bases twice and left them loaded. That was our downfall.''

Labasi was 3-for-4, scored twice and stole three bases to lead Mystic, something Mewha has seen a lot.

"She gets on base, and she scores,'' Mewha said.

Jenna Bendfeldt scored twice and Delaporta drove in two runs for Mystic.

Cameron Dreher and Lainnie Connor had two hits each and Connor also scored twice for North Stonington-Pawcatuck. Trinity Lennon took the loss, but pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts and four walks.

d.davis@theday.com

Mystic pitcher Jayden Delaporta, center, celebrates with catcher Natalie Labasi after defeating North Stonington-Pawcatuck 8-5 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game on Saturday for the District 10 Little League (11-12) softball title.
Mystic pitcher Jayden Delaporta, center, celebrates with catcher Natalie Labasi after defeating North Stonington-Pawcatuck 8-5 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game on Saturday for the District 10 Little League (11-12) softball title.
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