Nashua Nightmares finish second in 18U softball showcase

The Nashua Nightmares 18U girls softball team had a strong second place finish in the Bow Turn 2 Invitational Showcase.

The first year squad dropped its first game to a talented New England Diamond Gems team, but bounced back on Day 2 to beat the NH Comets Blue, 7-4.

This game featured timely hitting by pitcher/third baseman Shannon Chapman and catcher/outfielder Hailey Reed, as well as stellar defense from outfielder/shortstop Marissa Cammarano and infielder/outfielder Kat Mostone, who made an outstanding catch in center field to help preserve the win.

The Nightmares dropped their third game to a tough Apponaug Pride team, but showed their grit and determination by overcoming a slow start to come back in the late innings. Pitcher/second baseman Taylor Miller pitched an outstanding game and outfielder Chantal Roussel sparked the offensive rally that fell just one run shy.

Earning the 12th seed for Sunday’s elimination round got the Nightmares off to an early start versus the fifth-seeded NE Hurricanes, but the ladies came out playing an inspired brand of softball.

Great pitching by Chapman was backed up by stellar defense by shortstop/outfielder Shaylyn Freitas, who made several acrobatic catches to keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard.

Timely hitting by third baseman/outfielder Morganne MacKay and infielder/outfielder Ellen Cook, who also stepped up and played a great second base, helped the Nightmares blank the Hurricanes 3-0.

The fourth-seeded hosts NE Comets Red were next up for the Nightmares, and Taylor Miller was up for the challenge once again. Backed up by solid defensive play, Miller stymied a strong Comets offense, holding the hosts to one run as the Nightmares moved on by a 2-1 margin to face the top-seeded Rhode Island Thunder in the semifinals.

Shannon Chapman used her array of off-speed pitches and a dominant fastball to hold the No. 1 seed in check all afternoon and the Nightmares rallied in the middle innings to gain the lead. Clutch two out hits by first baseman/outfielder Angelica Aguilera and catcher/outfielder Nicole Scotti helped open up the offense, and Chapman, Reed and Cook followed to help power the Nightmares to an 8-2 victory.

A rematch with the second-seeded NE Diamond Gems awaited the Nightmares in the finals. Taylor Miller was masterful in the circle, holding a powerful lineup to just two runs, but the Nightmares were held to just three hits by Cook, Scotti and Miller in a 2-0 thrilling finale defeat.

Also on the Nightmares, but away for the weekend, were Mary Fontaine and Emily Paquin.