BERLIN - The CT Titans Green (Terryville) are trying to make their last tournament as a full team a memorable one.
With many of the players set to move on at the conclusion of the Nutmeg Games 18U softball tournament, they would like nothing more than to cap off a four-year run together then with a gold medal.
“[Sunday] is going to be one of the hardest days,” Titans pitcher Kim Mrozinski said. “It’s going to be the last time a lot of us play together. This is our last hoorah. We want to put everything out on the field that we can. We didn’t come here to play one game. We came here to play our hearts out.”
Terryville’s second game Saturday afternoon was a good start.
Led by Mrozinski from the pitching circle, the Titans beat the WTN Rapids 6-1 at Sage Park to secure the top spot in Group B. Earlier in the day Terryville tied the Cheshire Wildcats 2-2.
To put it simply, Mrozinski dominated the Rapids hitters. She struck out seven and gave up only two hits in the five-inning game.
“I pretty much just train every week so it’s one of those type things where it’s muscle memory,” Mrozinski said of her start. “I have the faith that my team is going to have my back at all times. I just go out there and pitch the ball. If I miss my spot, I know my team has me no matter what.”
The one run Mrozinski did give up was unearned after she overthrew an easy pitch and catch to first base in the fourth for what would have been the third out of the inning. A double two batters later scored the run.
The Rapids had a chance to tack on more in the inning, but Mrozinski was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam after getting a shallow fly ball just past the infield grass. They went down quietly in their final at-bats of the afternoon.
“Kim did a great job in the circle,” Titans head coach Brian Oatway said. “Her and Ally Taylor, our catcher, played a really nice game today. She hit her spots and offensively today we hit the ball well. I was pleased with how we played.”
Natalie Amato, Sydney Oatway, Lindsey O’Bright and Jordan Fitzsimons all provided RBIs from the second inning on, while Megan Sharon and Nicole Antonowicz both hit triples.
Amato and Oatway each drove in a run on a ground out in the second and fourth innings respectively. Terryville scored a second time in the fourth after Amato reached first on an error, allowing Sharon to score.
O’Bright and Fitzsimons later hit back-to-back sacrifice flies in the fifth to cap off the team’s scoring. But the Titans were also able to strike early, taking advantage of two passed balls in the first inning that led to O’Bright and Taylor scoring the first two runs of the game.
Terryville never struck out against the Rapids and 12 batters reached base.
“There’s a level of comfort when you score early,” the ender Oatway said. “That’s why it’s important when we have girls on second and third and less than two outs to bring those runs across the plate. We did that early and that helps.”
The Titans will now play the Lady Wildcats Premier at 10:40 a.m. today and will have to win another game after before getting a shot at the gold. Terryville, tough, plans on finishing with those three wins when all is said and done.
“The second win today gave us some momentum,” Mrozinski said. “We’re going in [the final day] with a good record and we’re just going to play as hard as we can. It gave us a good push.”
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or firstname.lastname@example.org