NORWICH — Pawcatuck’s 11-12 Little League softball All-Stars erased an early 3-0 deficit and downed Middletown 13-3 in the Section 2 tournament on Monday.
Pawcatuck answered Middletown’s three-run top of the first by score seven in the bottom of the ining and never looked back in the mercy-rule win.
Erin Craig hit an RBI triple and Abby Flakus doubled in a run as Pawcatuck batted around in the first. Pawcatuck is now 2-0 in section play with two mercy-rule wins.
Pawcatuck is the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament and could take the title with a win Thursday at Norwich at 5:30 p.m. The state tournament begins on Sunday.
Kendra Perez and Trinity Lennon pitched two innings apiece on Monday.
Lainnie Connor led off the second inning for Pawcatuck with a solo home run.
In the bottom of the fourth. Miranda Arruda hit a two-run single and later stole home to make the score 13-3.
Flakus finished with three hits. Colette Dreher and Briana Beverly hit two singles apiece.
Thursday’s opponent is yet to be decided. Middletown will face the winner of Rocky Hill-Preston in the losers’ bracket final. The team that advances from the losers’ bracket will need to beat Pawcatuck twice to win the sectional championship.
Mystic/Groton Junior 5, Montville/Salem/Bozrah 1
MYSTIC — Caroline Taber recorded 10 strikeouts in Monday’s District 10 Little League win and Mystic/Groton finished pool play unbeaten.
Taber also added two doubles, a single and two RBIs.
Jayden Delaporta went 3 for 4 with a double and Brooke Arruda chipped in with three hits and two RBIs.
The game was the final one in pool play, and Mystic/Groton finished with a 4-0 record. Mystic/Groton will face Waterford in a best of three series that begins Wednesday at Rossie Field in Mystic at 5:30 p.m.