Valley Softball Falls in Shoreline Quarters

The Valley Regional softball squad had quite a week last week, winning four games in a row to qualify for both the Shoreline Conference and state tournaments. This is the first time in 25 years the Warriors have made the state tournament.

Valley started the week with a 4-0 blanking of Canton on May 27 behind the solid pitching of Michaela Lavy and Emily Dona. Lavy had 13 strikeouts and also hit a double. Sarah Curran went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI, while Morgan Bakoledis went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The next day, the Warriors fell 2-0 to Shoreline semifinalist Old Saybrook. Lavy had three strikeouts in the loss, while Amanda Hull went 1-for-1 with two walks and Kaleigh Caulfield went 1-for-3.

Valley then played in a Shoreline Conference play-in game against Cromwell on May 29 to determine who would play in the quarterfinal round against top-seeded Morgan. The Warriors won 7-4 behind Lavy's eight strikeouts. Dona went 1-for-2 with a double, run scored, and an RBI; Caulfield went 2-for-3 with a run scored; Paige LaCasse went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI; and Amber Preble went 1-for-2 with two RBI.

Later that night in the quarterfinals, Valley lost 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning to Morgan in Clinton. Lavy had three strikeouts, while Hull went 2-for-4, Preble went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Dona went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

-Holly D'Addio

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