EASTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder under-18 travel softball team won its season-ending tournament and closed out the fall season with a record of 12-2.
The Thunder was seeded first in this weekend's playoffs and opened with a 12-0 win over the fourth-seeded Valley Storm.
Amanda Novak handled the first three innings in the circle, allowing only three hits and one walk and coming away with three strikeouts. Rylynn Witek closed the last two innings in impressive fashion, with two strikeouts, zero walks, zero hits, and throwing only three balls out of her 16 pitches.
The final game of the season pitted Greylock against the second-seeded NWS Elite in a very competitive contest for the championship.
NWS got on the board first, with a run in the first inning. But after two more uneventful innings, the Thunder struck in the fourth starting with a triple from Witek. The rally continued with Rylie Bishop, Avery Vale-Cruz, Brodi Rosier and Logan Stansfield each crossing the plate.
NWS got a run in the fifth, but it was answered by an inside-the-park home run by Rosier in the seventh, and the NWS were held to just one more run in the bottom of the seventh to make Greylock Thunder the fall ball champions with a 6-3 win.
Madi Puppolo and Avery Vale-Cruz worked hard in the circle, striking out six batters each.
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