Taylor Brown helped her team to an FCIAC basketball title and a berth in the Class LL championship game in March. So when times got tough in the Lady Eagles’ state softball final 4-3 victory over Southington High on June 10, Brown instinctively knew what to do.
“It was positive thinking,” said Brown of her lip-synching a few words from her shortstop position after Southington loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth inning of a one-run game.
“I kept saying ‘One more pitch, one more pitch’, I was thinking of the trust I had in (pitcher) Ally Szabo. Bases loaded nobody out, she was amazing. I’m so proud of each and every one of my teammates. This team rose up, as everyone of us gave our best effort. Southington is such a great team, but anything is possible if you believe it.”
Szabo retired the next three batters on a strikeout, a pop up to Briana Giacobbe at first and a fly ball to Erica Fluskey in right.
Brown, who doubled, homered, reached on an error and was hit by a pitch in the final, didn’t allow any negative thoughts to enter her mind prior to the contest.
“I told them that it stinks to lose (the girls hoop final), but that anything can happen,” she said. “In basketball, nobody believed we would make it there and nobody thought we would make it here. The loss in basketball definitely hurt a lot, but it gave me a learning experience that you have to leave it all on the court or on the field.
“After losing in first round of FCIACs (in softball), we were hungrier than ever. We knew we’d be playing amazing teams in the tournament. The town of Trumbull, our parents, the fans, we were very lucky to have so much support. I’m so happy we could do this (win a title) with them.”
Brown will be attending Montclair State (Division III) in New Jersey.
“I’ve enjoyed playing both sports so much at Trumbull,” she said. “Montclair is such a good fit for me. I’ll be playing basketball, although if I have the chance I’d play softball as well. I was 50-50, because both sports have been so much fun.
“In basketball season I’m a basketball player; in softball season I consider myself a softball player.”
To make things easier, you can simply call Taylor Brown a state champion.