Westport 10-11 softball routs Enfield to win state crown
Updated 10:56 am, Monday, August 19, 2013
On Sunday, they began putting the finishing touches on a dominant state tournament run.
Two days later, they completed it.
Riding a 12-run second inning, Westport's 10-11 softball team powered its way to a 16-0, four-inning rout of Enfield on Tuesday in the state championship in Newington.
The Little League title is the first for Westport, which outscored opponents 43-10 in states.
"Our girls came to play," said manager Mark McWhirter, whose team had beaten Enfield 14-7 in the winner's bracket final on Sunday. "They did a great job. They overwhelmed the other team."
Westport recorded eight hits and benefitted from 10 walks by the District 8 winner to end the game two innings early because of the mercy rule. The quick ending came as a pleasant surprise to the eventual champions.
"We never expected to mercy a team in four innings in the finals of the state tournament," McWhirter said.
In the pitcher's circle, Catherine Connell and Sophia Alfero each threw two innings, limiting Enfield to just one hit.
Facing slower pitching than what they had seen during District 2 play -- McWhirter said that the opposing pitchers were around 30 miles per hour, down from an average of 50 mph earlier in the summer -- Westport made adjustments at the plate and produced.
Up 4-0 after one inning, Westport batted around twice in the second.
"Everybody came out with a new strategy to hit the ball. And they did a great job," he said. "We didn't log one strikeout."
McWhirter praised his players afterward, crediting their work ethic, in particular.
"I think it's a reflection of how hard our kids have worked," he said, "and the kind of character of players they are. They never stopped playing their best.
"They're a class act."
On July 23, Westport opened the tournament with a 13-3 win over District 3 champion Seymour.
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