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Stonington - Stonington High school softball coach Ann-Marie Houle could barely contain her excitement, what she jokingly called "screaming in the outfield" during the postgame huddle.
It was a sophomore, meanwhile, Jess Connor, who spoke to the team and helped put an Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division-clinching victory in perspective.
"It's a good reflective team," Houle said. "She told the kids, 'We won because this was a team win. Everyone contributed.' She said it matter-of-factly. Like, 'This is the truth.' I like that about her."
Stonington backed winning pitcher Theresa Kane with five runs in the fourth inning Monday and went on to beat Griswold 10-5, forcing a three-way tie for the Medium Division title between Stonington, Griswold and Waterford.
A Griswold win would have given the Wolverines (15-3, 8-2) the title outright. Stonington (13-5, 8-2) lost to Griswold 10-1 on May 5.
Waterford (12-5, 8-2) split games this season with Griswold and Stonington. The Lancers blanked Plainfield 9-0 Monday to earn their share of the title.
Brooke Arruda was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI for Stonington and Mallory Kane was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Freshman Cameron Dreher had a two-run single in the decisive fourth, which broke a 3-3 tie, and drove in three runs overall.
In other games:
• Winning pitcher Kazi Walker (7-2) and Tori VanCleave combined on a three-hitter with eight strikeouts as Waterford defeated Plainfield 9-0. Megan Elphick had a pair of hits, including an RBI triple, for the Lancers.
• Jo Hobert scored on a one-out error in the top of the seventh inning as Fitch rallied to beat St. Bernard 5-4. St. Bernard (12-6) led 4-2 after four innings before Fitch scored twice in the fifth to tie the game. Caroline Taber earned the win pitching in relief, striking out seven and allowing no hits in her stint, adding two hits and an RBI for the fifth-ranked Falcons (17-0).
Jackie Lewis and Cassie Woods scored twice and Katherine Georgetti went 2-for-3 for Fitch. Kiely Smith hit a two-run home run for St. Bernard.
• Montville rallied for three runs in the bottom of seventh inning to defeat Ledyard 6-5. The Colonels (6-12) took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Briana Bisson (3-for-3), but an RBI double by Adrienne Foret in the bottom of the seventh pulled Montville (11-7) within 5-4, Nicole Dutka tied the game with an RBI single and Foret scored the game-winner off Nicole Walmsley's sacrifice fly to right. Katrina Awad went 2-for-4 with a triple and Stephanie Szot walked three times and scored three runs for Montville. Sara Bennett was 2-for-3 and scored a run for Ledyard.
• Meghan Welch scattered three singles as East Lyme defeated Windham 19-0 in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule. Kirsten McGinty had three hits, including a double and pair of home runs, for the Vikings (13-2), who had 22 hits. East Lyme's Morgan Lloyd also homered and Erica Hill (two doubles), Carly Puckett (double, triple) and Kaylie Crosby each added three hits.
• Melissa Castillo had a double and a home run and Emily Arico finished with two doubles and a home run for Norwich Free Academy in a 19-4 victory over Lyman Memorial. NFA is 14-5.
• Sue Rodriquez had three hits, including a double and a triple, with two RBI as Killingly beat New London 12-3 in the ECC Medium. Liliana Figueroa went 3-for-3, including a solo home run, for New London (0-19, 0-10) and Joeanna Gomez hit a two-run home run.