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Undefeated East Granby/Granby softball rolls to District 6 championship

East Granby/Granby went 7-0 to capture the Little League Major Division (ages 11-12) softball championship in District 6.

East Granby/Granby went 7-0 to capture the Little League Major Division (ages 11-12) softball championship in District 6.

TORRINGTON, July 6 – The group of girls that comprise the East Granby/Granby Little League softball team has won before. For the past two seasons, the squad captured the District 6 championship in the 9-10 age division.

The team is still winning. East Granby/Granby completed a dominating run to capture the District 6 Major Division (ages 11-12) softball championship with a 14-0 win over Simsbury in four innings at Torrington Middle School Monday night.

East Granby/Granby went 7-0 in the tournament and won five games by mercy rule – leading by 10 runs or more. Four of the five games were done after four innings.

PItcher Abby Kidd struck out six in Monday's D6 final.

PItcher Abby Kidd struck out six in Monday’s D6 final.

“We have an outstanding team,” East Granby/Granby manager Steve Kidd said. “They listen so well and they do everything we ask of them. We’re just trying to teach them to love the game.”

It’s the first Major Division championship for players from East Granby. Granby last won a District 6 title at the Major Division in 2005. But Granby had been to the D6 final four times in the last six years including last year when they lost to Torrington in the championship game, 3-1.

There are six Granby girls on this championship team and five from East Granby. They all play together in the Granby Little League program.

It’s a solid team with good pitching led by a pair of 11-year-old pitchers, Abby Kidd and Emma Griffin. On Monday night, Kidd went the distance, allowing just four hits and striking out six in four innings of work.

They didn’t commit an error Monday night and rapped out 11 hits, led by Maggie Kidd, who was 4-for-4 with a RBI triple. Griffin was 2-for-4 with a RBI double. Lexi Nichols had a RBI triple for the winners while Leah Langhoff, Lizzy Strapp, Katie Dsutka and Grace Hall each had hits.

Simsbury (5-3) was led by third baseman Jordan Aeschlimann, who was 2-for-2 with a double. Isabel Mortillard was 2-for-2 at the plate. Simsbury did have load the bases in the first inning but Abby Kidd got a strikeout to end the threat.

Simsbury had a pair of exciting victories over Terryville in the double-elimination portion of the tournament to earn its spot in the championship game. Simsbury beat Terryville, 6-4 at week ago and eliminated Terryville on Sunday night with a 4-3 victory.

East Granby/Granby's Maddie Kidd rips a hit Monday night.

East Granby/Granby’s Maddie Kidd rips a hit Monday night.

East Granby/Granby will begin play in the state tournament on Wednesday at Bob Lang Field in Seymour. They will face District 5 champion Bristol at 6 p.m. Their second game will be on Friday night at 6 p.m. against the District 3 champion.

The second and third place team play on Saturday with the top seed facing the winner on Sunday for the right to win the Division 2 title and move on to the four-team state finals.

East Granby/Granby 14, Simsbury 0 (4)
At Torrington
East Granby/Granby (7-0)        234  5 – 14-11-0
Simsbury (5-3)                          000  0  —  0-2-3
Abby Kidd and Maddie Kidd; Kelly Reynolds, Rachel Jano, Jordan Aeschlimann (4); WP: A. Kidd; LP: Reynolds; 2B: Aeschlimann (S), Emma Griffin (EG/G); 3B: Maddie Kidd (EG/G), Lexi Nichols (EG/G)

District 6 Major Softball
Round robin standings: East Granby/Granby 4-0, Simsbury 3-1, Terryville 3-1, Burlington 3-1, Canton 1-3, Thomaston 0-4, Avon 0-4
Double-elimination playoffs
East Granby/Granby 14, Burlington 0 (4)
Simsbury 6, Terryville 4
East Granby/Granby 11, Simsbury 1 (4)
Terryville 6, Burlington 4
Simsbury 4, Terryville 3
Final: East Granby/Granby 14, Simsbury 0 (4)

Division 2 state tournament
At Seymour (Bob Lang Field)
Wednesday, July 8: Bristol vs. East Granby/Granby, 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 9: District 3 champion vs. Bristol, 6 p.m.
Friday, July 10: District 3 champion vs. East Granby/Granby, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: Second place team vs. third place team, 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: Final — First place team vs. Saturday’s winner, 1 p.m.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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