NORWALK, Conn. The Norwalk Riptide 14-and-under softball team stayed alive in the New England Regional Saturday with two victories and one loss. Norwalk is one of three teams remaining in the tournament, and plays in the losers' bracket final Sunday to earn a berth in the championship round.
The Riptide won its first game Saturday over Connecticut Valley South of New Hampshire, 15-0. That gave Norwalk a 2-1 record in pool play. In its first game in the double-elimination championship round, Norwalk dropped a 4-3 decision to Lynn, Mass. Norwalk nursed a 3-2 lead into the sixth before the tying and winning runs scored on errors.
Norwalk bounced back with an 11-4 win over Kingston, Mass., in its first losers' bracket game. That set up a rematch Sunday with Lynn in the losers' bracket final Sunday at 9:30. The winner advances to the championship round, where it will need to win two games to win the New England title.
Ryan Lajoie handled the bulk of the pitching work for Norwalk. Mia Grenier also stepped in and pitched effectively. Grenier was needed after Amy Hurd, one of the Riptide's top pitchers, broke her nose in a game Friday and is unavailable for the rest of the tournament.
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