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It could be said with some certainty the Shepaug Valley High School girls' softball team has experienced a `hit or miss' season.

Coach Steve Pickett's Spartans rarely seem to play a close game.

The good news is that, heading into the regular-season finale Wednesday vs. Nonnewaug in Woodbury, the Region 12 girls owned a very creditable 11-8 record.

That ledger is good enough to earn the Spartans a berth in the upcoing state Class S tournament. Pairings are to be established Friday, May 30.

What is strange is how Shepaug got to 11-8. It would seem coach Pickett and Co. either win, and win comfortably, or they aren't in the ballgame.

Only three times in 19 games has the outcome been closer than five runs, and most were either one-sided victories or defeats.

The Spartans edged Housatonic Valley Regional, 2-1 in mid-season and recently outlasted Gilbert, 7-5, for its two close wins this spring.

Wamogo beat Shepaug, 4-2, in a recent game in Litchfield for the local girls' only close loss.

Overall, the Spartans have scored 188 runs, or just about 10 per game, while surrendering 129.

Leading the Spartans this spring has been its junior-senior battery of pitcher Kelsey Johnson and Summer Mercier. They have combined 10 times to limit the opposition to four runs or less. Summer's fellow seniors who have lent their talents to the cause are Kailee Munson, Bria Noone, Olga Pavlova and Mairead Rosa.

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