SOFTBALL: Southington Lightning strikes at national tournament

SOFTBALL: Southington Lightning strikes at national tournament

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SOUTHINGTON — The Southington Lightning 05's softball team capped an incredible summer in style, winning the USSSA Northeast 14U National Championship held at the new Fast Pitch Nation facility in Windsor

The Lightning’s dream season concluded with a 72-12-2 record. Southington went a spotless 8-0 in the USSSA tournament on its way to a national championship.

“The great thing about this team is that we needed everyone to work hard to win these games,” Lightning coach Marci Moskal said. “They all contributed in some way, whether it was a timely hit, great defensive play, amazing pitching or a sacrifice bunt to achieve the end result.”

The quest started with a 9-8 win over the Long Island Express out of New York and then a 5-2 triumph over the Lehigh Valley Patriot Flames out of Pennsylvania.

Southington then knocked off a pair of Connecticut teams, overpowering the Danbury PAL Storm 14-2 and clipping the Rawlings Wildcats 9-8.

The Lightning pushed their tournament mark to 6-0 by defeating the Classie Lassies Xplosion of New York 4-2 and Pocono Pride Black of Pennsylvania 5-1.

Those victories put the local squad in the finals. There, the Lightning swept Ohio Thunder Elite 14U Premier. Southington took the first meeting 5-3 and then ran away to a 12-2 conquest in the championship game.”

“They battled in every game from the first inning to the last,” Moskal said. “They are truly an amazing group of talented young ladies. Many of the teams that they beat were a year older than our kids.”

Moskal had coaching assistance from Bill Zesut, Ron Picard and Delaney Picard.

Members of the team were Cat Bachman (OF), Stella Blanchard (P), Morgan Lasek (LF), Riley McDermott (P), Sydney Miranda (2B), Emily Moskal (CF), Elyse Picard (C/SS), Emma Quint (3B), Kaylen Smith (LF), Lorelei Stancavage (C) and Hailey Zaczynski (1B).