Mystic's magical ride ends one win short of state softball title

Orange - The ending was bizarre, not befitting a series which started with a pair of 1-0 victories, one for each team.

Mystic drove to Orange on Monday, played an inning and a half but couldn't outlast the weather, then drove back Tuesday for the continuation of the deciding third game in the state Little League softball (ages 11-12) championship series.

The scheduled 6 p.m. start was pushed back to 7:30, while District 4 administrator Jocelyn Chang and her staff worked feverishly for several hours to prepare the field, raking endlessly.

Then Mystic made seven errors, six in one inning, falling to Seymour.

Seymour's six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning were mercifully, for Mystic, washed away by rain, accompanied by a dynamic thunder and lightning storm which marked the end of the team's successful run. Seymour won by a final score of 4-2.

"That was very, very, very uncharacteristic. It definitely was weird," Mystic manager Pete Georgetti said of the streak of errors in the bottom of the fifth, which appeared contagious. "I literally couldn't believe my eyes. Wow. I just couldn't believe my eyes.

"We were totally thrown off (by the weather). Don't take anything away from Seymour; they were awesome. But we didn't do grounders, we didn't do pop flies (before the game). We didn't do our normal routine and that's partly my fault. We were chasing raindrops."

Mystic left home about 2:30 p.m. and warmed up off and on from the time it arrived around 4.

The District 10 champion, Mystic came back with left-handed pitcher Allison Georgetti, who won Sunday's game 1-0 in extra innings. She began the bottom of the second from where the game was suspended Monday, with two runners on and a 1-1 count on Malyssa Kubik. Seymour led 2-1.

Kubik singled to load the bases with nobody out. Georgetti then got a ground ball to second baseman Casey Flax, who threw home for the force. Megan Condo flew out to right field for the second out, but Jill Andes tapped a two-out single to score a run before Georgetti got the last hitter on a ground ball.

Mystic got a run back in the third on a leadoff double by Flax over the center fielder's head, a single by Allison Georgetti and a sacrifice fly by Nora Ryan. But that was all the scoring for Mystic.

Seymour tacked on an unearned run in the fourth on a two-out triple by Condo and a dropped fly ball, making it 4-2.

Seymour, which next plays in the New England bracket of the Eastern Regional later this week in Bristol, batted around in the fifth before a brilliant flash of lightning ended things.

Condo was the winning pitcher for Seymour, was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

Georgetti and Ryan had two hits each for Mystic.

Pete Georgetti, whose daughter Katherine was a member of the Fitch High School Class L state championship team, was hoping for another title for the family.

He said he had a chance to address his players during the final lightning delay.

"We had a good talk," Georgetti, the manager, said. "I told them we were so proud of them. Once the crying's over, they're going to be proud of what they did. Our goal was to beat Waterford (for the district title), but once you get to those other things, you want those, too."

v.fulkerson@theday.com

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