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Stonington - Allison Georgetti isn't an outfielder by trade, generally playing first base when she doesn't pitch. Her dad, Pete, the manager of the Mystic Little League softball team, asked her to play there Sunday for the good of the team and told her to just give every ball her best shot.
"I told her, 'If these balls are out there, just take a chance on them,'" Pete Georgetti said. "'What's the worst thing that can happen?'"
What Allison did figure out was the best thing that could happen.
With Waterford runners on second and third in the bottom of the second inning, Georgetti sprinted into the gap and lunged to catch a sharp, rising liner hit by Caroline Petchark, saving at least a pair of runs.
Mystic then scored eight in the top of the third and went on to beat Waterford 13-2 for the District 10 Little League (ages 11-12) championship. Mystic advanced to the Connecticut Section 2 tournament being held this week in Waterford and will open Wednesday against the District 7 champion.
Mystic won the opening game against Waterford on Friday in the best-of-three series, 5-3, before falling 4-3 Saturday.
On Sunday, Mystic connected for 14 hits, five in the third, during which it sent 13 batters to the plate. Olivia Carney drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run, followed by a two-run single by Aspen Ryan, a fielder's choice to drive in a run by Abigail Rogers, an error and RBI singles by Angelina Doak, Casey Flax and Meagan Giwoyna.
"I was really surprised when I actually caught that," Georgetti said of her grab in center field, which protected a 1-0 Mystic lead at the time. "That boosted our confidence. After that we wanted to show if they could do it (hit), then we could do it, too."
"Our team is really good," said Ryan, the winning pitcher. "We know how to catch them and all that stuff. We just had to focus on not getting down on ourselves (after losing Saturday)."
Ryan, a left-hander, pitched a seven-hitter with one walk and one strikeout, retiring Waterford in order in the bottom of the third with a big lead as a cushion. She didn't allow Waterford on the scoreboard, in fact, until the sixth and final inning, when Jayne Darras drove in the first run with a single and Rachel Miller had an RBI groundout.
Ryan was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for Mystic and Giwoyna had three hits and two RBI, while Flax and Georgetti had two hits each.
"That's how we play. That's how we're supposed to play," Pete Georgetti said. "… We met and we talked about teamwork, mostly. I don't think we played as a team yesterday. I told them to think of yourselves as sisters. They believed it today.
"They made some good defensive plays. That comes from being relaxed and confident, which you need at the tail-end of a tournament like this. It was nice to have some breathing room today. But I said it in the dugout, 'This game's not over.' Waterford is too good of a team."