BRISTOL - The Velocity eliminated the Cobras from the Bristol Girls Little League Softball City Series on Tuesday night, in a high-scoring game that saw a total of 16 different players cross home plate.
Stephanie Jabs and Abby Simard each reached base safely four times and scored three runs apiece for the Cobras. Madison Foertsch, Emily Valentine and Siena Ricciardone each scored four runs for the Velocity in their 24-14 win.
The Gators and Panthers were tied 5-5 through three innings in a back-and-forth game before the Gators tacked on seven runs in the final two frames to win 12-6.
Brooklynne Whitlock pitched a complete game for the Gators, giving up four earned runs and striking out nine batters. Arianna Rivera went 3-for-4, reaching base safely four times and scoring four runs for the Gators.
Leah Webber, Kayla Webber and Makayla Bouchard each scored two runs for the Gators. Webber made a sensational catch in deep center field that effectively ended a rally, preventing two runners from advancing in the second inning.
The Panthers put up three runs in the first inning on base hits by Delaney Bartell and Desiree Nickerson. Samantha Burke scored a pair of runs on a night that was delayed for 20 minutes when the lights went out during the bottom of the fifth inning.
All players from both teams joined together in the center of the field, happily entertaining themselves until the lights were restored. Their sportsmanship highlighted the evening affair.
Defense was the key to the game for both teams. However, Nickerson stood out after catching two pop flys and making three assists from the shortstop position. Bartell made an athletic diving play to catch a line drive at second base. Ava Gesner caught a deep fly ball in left field to retire the first Gators batter in the first inning.
The Velocity were set to take on the Panthers in another elimination game on Wednesday at Rockwell Park. The Gators will await the winner of that game in the City Series championship on Thursday.