SOFTBALL: Wallingford softball continues big summer

SOFTBALL: Wallingford softball continues big summer

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WALLINGFORD – The banners piled up this week for the Girls Little League Softball of Wallingford.

The 12U all-stars are off to the state tournament after claiming the District 5 and Section 2 championships. Also, the 10U Wallingford all-stars clinched the District 5 championship this week and are currently playing in the Sectionals.

The 12U all-stars went 4-1 in the double elimination District 5 bracket. Wallingford dropped it’s second game to Berlin, but eventually beat them twice to claim the banner at the Dunn Athletic Complex.

Wallingford picked up wins over Meriden, Bristol and Plainville during their title run. Wallingford defeated Berlin in the final on July 3, 8-0.

The Sectionals were held in Simsbury and in the round robin play, Wallingford downed Oxford and lost to Granby/East Granby in eight innings after surrendering five runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Wallingford rebounded to knock off another furious rally by Granby/East Granby in the championship game. Outfielder Mariana Perkins made running catch with the tying run in scoring position in the final inning to clinch the win, 6-5.

Trinity LaValley was named the tournament MVP in the District tournament. There was no MVP named in Sectionals. LaValley pitched every inning in all nine postseason games for Wallingford.

The 12U all stars will now play in a double elimination state championship with three other teams. All of the state tournament action will be held at Coginchaug. Wallingford opens action on Friday against Milford at 8 p.m. Windsor and Waterford are also going for a state championship. The championship is expected to decided on Monday or Tuesday.

Members of the 12U team are: Reilly Hunter (2B), Trinity LaValley (P), Ivie Archer (SS), Payton Collins (3B), Brooklyn Stanley (RF), Emerson Collins (1B), Melanie Carling (C), Mariana Perkins (LF), Kaylin Findley (CF), Talia Crispino (CF), Lisa Doukas (RF), Madison Thomas (LF) and Jorja Trocchio (2B/3B).

Manager Jamesohn LaValley and Mike Collins (1st base coach) and Todd Carling (bench coach) round out the coaching staff.

“It has been a total team effort where we have had to dig deep and come from behind more than a few times,” Jamesohn LaValley said. “Especially playing in a total of nine games between Districts and Sectionals and having four of them ultimately be elimination games. This team is battle tested and has shown its heart. We have learned not to dwell on the 10 percent of the things that don’t go our way in a game, but instead focus on the 90% that does.”

The 10U squad collected its championship with a 7-0 over Bristol at Pragemann Park on Wednesday. Wallingford went a perfect 3-0 in the title run.

The Wallingford 10U team opens up Sectionals against Seymour on Monday at Pragemann Park.

The team is managed by Carl Tetreault and has Steve Cassesse and Keith Dandorph on his staff.

Members of the 10U squad are: Ava Sutera (LF), Ava Saez (CF), Chloe Carling (2B), Haley LaValley (P/3B), Jamie Fitzgibbons (RF), Julia Cassesse (C), Lily Dandorph (1B), Logan Slabaugh (RF), MaryJane Prentice (LF), Mattingly Andrews (SS), Natalie Schaefer (LF), Nina Gross (LF) and Sophie Tetreault (3B/P).

“Bristol pushed us to our limit,” Tetreault said. “We always have a great battle with them each year.”

On Thursday, Wallingford Mayor William Dickinson stopped by practice on Thursday to congratulate both championship teams.