The first 14 innings of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL state title game were simply building up the suspense. Then Rachel Dube
ended it all with one swing of the bat, eliciting a raucous celebration.
The Southington (Conn.)
senior catcher hit the biggest home run of her life Saturday night when she won a state title with a walk-off home run to left field in the 15th inning to beat Amity 1-0 for the title.
She told the New Haven Register
that she considered bunting. Looks like she made the right choice.
“They were catching everything, so when push comes to shove, we were just trying to get someone on,” Dube said. “We were just trying to put a score on the board, so you had to do what you had to do. I had two strikes on me, and I knew I had to swing, but I was actually thinking about bunting on that hit. But then I said, ‘Just go for it.’"
Her coach, Davina Hernandez, told the newspaper: “We talked about (bunting). I said, ‘Take a cut.’ She took a cut, and was right on it. I said, ‘No, hit away, but crowd the plate even more.’ She hit away and just got a hold of it.”
The big blast gave Southington its 16th state title in 20 years in Connecticut and helped the team finish a perfect 24-0.