TERRYVILLE - The Terryville softball team came into Thursdayâ€™s game against Shepaug needing just one more win to qualify for the Class S state tournament.
But it wasnâ€™t the Kangaroosâ€™ day, as the Spartans took it to them in a 23-3 loss at Terryville High School.
Shepaug plated five runs in the top half of the first inning and Kangaroos starting pitcher Tiffany Pires didnâ€™t record an out until she struck out the sixth batter that stepped into the batterâ€™s box.
Bouncing back from the large early deficit proved too tall of a task.
â€śI wasnâ€™t very happy today with our recovery skills,â€ť Terryville coach Stephanie Fuller said.
â€śLately weâ€™ve been doing a really good job with keeping our heads up and staying in the game and recovering from mistakes. Today they were aggressive in the first inning and it kind of scared us a bit and we had a really hard time picking it back up.â€ť
Pires was charged with the loss and gave up 16 hits. She didnâ€™t walk a batter, though, showing impressive command for a freshman.
For Pires it has been an up and down first season with the team, thrust into the role of being the everyday starting pitcher for the Kangaroos.
With Piresâ€™ pitch count rising as the season progresses, Alexandria Michaud has relieved her at times.
Michaud has struggled on the mound, as she typically doesnâ€™t pitch.
â€śI donâ€™t know of any other pitchers in our league that have pitched 18 games in a row with 10 of them being 10 [weekday] days in a row,â€ť Fuller said. â€śItâ€™s crazy. Our schedule this year definitely isnâ€™t helping us.â€ť
Michaud pitched the sixth and seventh innings against the Spartans and allowed eight earned runs on seven hits and six walks.
â€śThe way that they hit was a struggle,â€ť Terryvilleâ€™s Amy Ieronimo said. â€śA lot of it we couldnâ€™t control. Our coach always says control the controllable and sometimes we donâ€™t do all that great with that and get down on stuff we canâ€™t control.â€ť
The top four hitters for Terryville were solid, combining for 13 hits. Michaud went 3-for-4, Olivia Tuohy went 2-for-4, Martina Trovato went 2-for-4 and Ieronimo finished 2-for-2.
Ieronimo, the No. 4 hitter, drove in Tuohy with a single in the bottom of the third inning.
The other RBI in the game for the Kangaroos was off the bat of Lacy Lyons, who ripped a double to score Maria Cesare in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Itâ€™s right back to work this afternoon for Terryville.
The Kangaroos have another chance to qualify for the postseason with a win today against Litchfield, a team they beat 24-5 just last Thursday.
While a win will secure a tournament spot, a loss would make the final game of the year against Northwestern an elimination game.
In order to reach the postseason for the first time in five seasons, Terryville will look to stay composed for all seven innings regardless of how the game starts.
â€śWe need to keep our energy,â€ť Martina Trovato said. â€śIf we make one mistake we have to stay up, we canâ€™t fall down like we did today early.â€ť
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