The Tiverton 11-12 softball all-stars ran their way to the RI state championship by clobbering South Kingstown 13-1 in front family and friends at Town Farm Field on Wednesday night. Tiverton beat …
The Tiverton 11-12 softball all-stars ran their way to the RI state championship by clobbering South Kingstown 13-1 in front family and friends at Town Farm Field on Wednesday night. Tiverton beat South Kingstown two games straight in a best of three series to win the title and move on to the regional tournament held in Bristol, CT, where they will play their first game against Connecticut on Sat. July 23 at 4 p.m.
“This is awesome,” said Tiverton head coach Mike Martin. “These kids are incredible. Everything is peaking for these girls at the right time,” said Coach Martin. “Offensively and defensively there’s not a weak spot on this team. We knew we were going to be a power houses team. A lot of the girls were on a minors all star team that fell short of winning states in 2019. Seeing them grow and turn into what they are now is pretty incredible.”
“I did not expect this. It was very shocking,” said Tiverton pitcher Addie Wolf. “It’s means a lot to me. I’m very proud of my team and I’m really glad that Tiverton can make like an event in history that’s never been done before.”
“This is great for our town,” said shortstop Elodie Cannon. “I’m really excited. It will be fun,” she said of the team going to Bristol. Cannon has experience winning championships with her club team. “I feel like we’ll see more competitive teams in Connecticut. Faster pitching, maybe some spin on the ball. Nothing that we can’t handle.”
Tiverton smashed ten hits and stole 13 bases in routing South Kingstown
The Tiverton offense again dominated on the base paths in game two, stealing 13 bases in three innings. The team stole a whopping 28 bases in six total innings of play against South Kingstown during the two game series.
“I’d say that we are a pretty skilled team with our base running,” said Cannon, the team’s cleanup hitter. We are pretty fast. We are intelligent. We’ve been practicing a tremendous amount.”
The offense smashed ten hits (23 for the series), drew six walks and ran like the wind once reaching base. Leadoff hitter Brooke Sowa set the tone as she singled and proceeded to swipe her way around the bases including a steal of home plate, when the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher, to give Tiverton an early 1-0 lead. Her trek around the bases was finished before two hitter, Abby Gilfillen drew a walk off South Kingstown pitcher Erica Kostarides. Once she reached base, Gilfillen stole second, sped to third on a passed ball and ran home when Carlie Martin smashed a single to left field for a 2-0 lead. Martin who went two for two, with a triple and 3 RBI, stole second and third base, before she and Elodie Cannon who was hit by a pitch, scampered home on a hit by Kaylyn Aubuchon for a 4-0 lead. Paisley Parisee and Addie Wolf also scored as Tiverton led 6-0 after the first inning.
Cannon said that the team has had whole practices based just on base running. “Coach would teach us the correct form and our pitcher would go into the circle and we’d time it off of her. Just lots of practice. Practice makes perfect,” she said.
Wolf strikes out six in four innings
Wolf who pitched the last inning in game one, was called upon by Coach Martin to start game two.
“My mindset was to not be cocky and just pitch like it was practice,” she said. After getting the nod, she prepared herself mentally, warmed up and then executed on the field. Wolf stifled South Kingstown as she struck out six, walked one and allowed just two hits. Both hits came in the last inning with the game in hand. Makailyn Grenier scored the South Kingstown lone run that broke the shutout.
“Addie is a phenomenal pitcher,” said Coach Martin. “She’s really come along the last year or two. Last season she was our third pitcher. This year she throws hard and is super consistent. With Brooke Sowa, (who started game 1) we have a knockout one and two.”
Tiverton scored four more runs in the second inning and three more in the third inning. Gilfillen, Cannon, Aubuchon and Sophia Morales scored in the second and Sowa, Kelsey Conway and Martin scored in the third.
Tiverton looks forward to competing
Tiverton has not played a full six inning game on their path to the state title as they have crushed every team in their path by ten runs or more which rules the game over after four innings. Coach Martin for one is scouting the regional teams and looking forward to playing better competition.
“I’m doing my scouting,” said Coach Martin. “I’m watching all the videos from 2021 to see what the competition level looks like. Honestly, I think these girls can compete. I really do. I’m looking forward to them playing against teams that will give them a run for their money.”
During the district and state competition, Coach Martin had to reign in the girls as the scores ballooned.
“The team practices hard and they are really aggressive,” Coach Martin said. “I’m super excited to see what they can do going forward. Our bench is so deep, all of the girls can hit. It’s a whole team effort.”