MANSFIELD, Conn. — Pitcher Jillian Fugere struck out nine and allowed four hits as the Groton/Mystic Little League 8-10 All-Stars opened the state softball tournament Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Preston/Jewett City.
Mallory Bogle finished with two hits and an RBI for Groton/Mystic.
Alexia Lemmon struck out 15 for Preston/Jewett City.
Groton/Mystic advanced to states after capturing the Section 3 title on Saturday night with a 10-1 win over Glastonbury.
Leilani McCoy finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Fugere hit a three-run inside-the-park home run and struck out 10.
— Keith Kimberlin