Jun. 5—SOMERS — Gabby Tullock had one thing going through her mind each time she entered the batter's box for the Somers High softball team Saturday afternoon: when the ball was halfway to her, swing.
The strategy paid off as the senior finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored as the second-seeded Spartans topped No. 7 and NCCC foe Coventry 6-5 in a quarterfinal game in the Class S tournament here.
Somers (20-2) will play No. 11 Shepaug Valley in the semifinals either Monday or Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. Shepaug (12-5) topped No. 19 Ansonia 18-6 in six innings Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Coventry finishes 15-6.
"We have so much fight to go as far as we did (in 2019)," Tullock said. "This team has so much potential. Our entire batting lineup is super strong, we're all great hitters. I have so much confidence in our team."
The Spartans won the Class S championship in 2019, the first in team history.
Somers took the lead for good in the bottom of the third Saturday. With it tied 3-3 and one away, Bianca Green hit a solo home run over the left field fence. In the next inning, a two-run double to the center field wall by Tullock put the hosts up three.
But the Patriots still had life.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Caroline Wesoloskie laid down a bunt. The ball rolled along the third base line, but stayed fair to give the freshman a base hit.
Sophomore Julia Boya followed that with an RBI triple to the center field wall, then classmate Lindsey Harrington brought her home with a bloop single that just made it to the center field grass.
Harrington stole second base before Abby Boya grounded out. Delaney Harrington reached first when Green bobbled a grounder to second. With runners on first and third and two away, Remington Casida lined out to pitcher Emily Reynolds to end it.
Coventry got on the board with a run in the first, but the Spartans took the lead right back with two in the bottom of the inning. Each team added a run in the second before the Patriots tied it at three on a home run over the left field fence from Julia Boya on the first pitch of the third inning.
Madison Hinkley also had two hits for Somers, including a double. She added an RBI and a run scored. Teammate Grace Majowicz scored two runs. Reynolds went the distance, allowing three earned runs, striking out five and walking none.
Julia Boya paced the Patriots with two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Amy Prior added a hit and an RBI. Abby Boya took the loss, allowing three earned runs, striking out five, and walking one in six innings.
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