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Brakettes are Pitcher Perfect in Return to Form

June 16- Nicole Williams and Abby Abramson (Cheshire High School) combined to throw a nine-inning perfect game Thursday night against the Connecticut High School All-Stars, as the Stratford Brakettes captured the annual matchup, 7-0.

After suffering a 6-3 semi-final defeat to the Lyons Spirit in the Cornfield Classic (Lyons, PA) on Sunday, the Brakettes were anxious to get back to their winning ways. That goal was achieved thanks to a well-rounded offensive attack and the pair of young pitchers, who completely shut down the opposition.

Williams (2-1, right photo) earned the win with a five-inning start, fanning five batters in the contest. Abramson (below) made her debut for the Brakettes against a team of her peers, facing both former Cheshire teammates and rivals in a four-inning relief appearance. She struck out 10 batters, including the last eight she faced.

The All-Stars are comprised of top graduating seniors from various high schools around the Nutmeg State.

Val Suto got things moving early for the Brakettes in the first inning with a leadoff single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved over to third on a single by Brittany Younan. Denise Denis came up next and reached on a walk to load the bases. With one out, Casey Harding drove in Suto on a fielder's choice grounder for a 1-0 edge. Noel Lent followed and drove in Denis with a single to stretch the margin to 2-0.

Connecticut All-Star starting pitcher Kristi Van Meter (RHAM H.S.-Hebron) settled in after the first inning, shutting down the Brakettes in the second and third frames, while striking out four.

Stratford tacked on another score in the fourth, as Lent led off with a walk and took second on a ball in the dirt. Lauren Pitney drove a single through the right side to score Lent for a 3-0 lead.

Younan started the home fifth off with a single up the middle and quickly stole second base. She came home on a base hit by Denis, putting the Brakettes ahead by four runs. With one out, Casey Harding smashed a two-run home run to left-center, her first as a Brakette. The towering blast pushed the lead to 6-0.

Denis helped to add to the lead in the seventh, legging out on opposite-field double with one out. She moved to third on a passed ball, and scored the game's final run on a sac fly to left by Jolie Duffner. Denis went 2-for-3 in the game, with a walk, while scoring three runs and driving in one.

Sophia Barbour (Darien H.S.) pitched the fourth and fifth innings for the All-Stars, while Ali Dubois (Torrington H.S.) threw the last three and struck out two Brakettes along the way.

The Brakettes will face the Connecticut Eliminators Elite Friday night in a 7:00 doubleheader at DeLuca Field.

All 2017 Brakettes games are live video webcast at www.brakettes.com.

Thursday night, June 15th
vs. CT H.S. ALL-STARS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
H.S. ALL~STARS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
BRAKETTES 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 x 7 11 0
Records: Brakettes 8-2-1
Batteries:
All-Stars- Kristi Van Meter (L), Sophia Barbour (4), Ali Dubois (6) and Jo Hillman, Molly Keshin (4), Madeira Alexander (6); Brakettes- Nicole Williams (W, 2-1), Abby Abramson (6) and Megan Hodgdon, Jenn Vazquez (6)
Homerun: Brakettes- Casey Harding (1)