The Crusader softball and baseball teams each won their games via walk-off. Both move on to the NVL Tournament finals, which will be played Wednesday at Naugatuck High School.
Softball trailed Torrington 3-2 in the last of the seventh inning of their semifinal game at Naugatuck on Monday. Worse still, the Crusaders were down to their final out. Nicole Strielkauskas help Holy Cross going with a double, then Aubry DeFoe unloaded for a two-run, walk-off home run and a stunning 4-3 victory.
|Holy Cross softball fell behind Torrington 3-0 in Monday's NVL semifinal, but ended up winning 4-3 |
on a dramatic two-run walk-off homer by Aubrey DeFoe.
In the baseball semifinal, Wolcott jumped on Holy Cross for four runs and a 5-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning. The Crusaders responded in a big way. First, a sacrifice fly made the score 5-2, then Matt Bonvicini launched a three-run homer to tie the game.
|Holy Cross freshman Tim Zupkus had this solo home run in Monday's NVL baseball semifinal against Wolcott, but he also added a key two-run single in the seventh inning of a wild 9-8 victory.|
"As I said before the tournament, if we advance to the NVL championship, which is where we said we wanted to be, we're going to face three great teams," Holy Cross head coach Mike Phelan said.
Normally, it's pitching and defense that does it for the Crusader baseball team. This time, it was the bats.
"We did have good at bats," Phelan said. "We battled at the plate."
Both Holy Cross teams battled on Monday, and now each will play for a NVL title on Wednesday.
That's it for tonight. Look for more from me on Holy Cross softball and baseball tomorrow.