The CT Legends 18u travel softball team came within one win of taking the National Softball Association’s World Series, played last week in Williamsburg, VA.

The Legends, a college showcase team coached by Yale assistant Sara Holland and comprised of high school players from throughout the state, ultimately dropped two of three games to the Virginia Dixie Chicks in the championship round to finish as the NSA runners-up.

Four New Canaan players—Molly and Rachel Keshin, Gillian Kane and Kara Fahey—had impressive performances which helped lead to the Legends’ strong showing.

Fahey, a rising junior and New Canaan High School’s starting third baseman for the past two seasons, had five hits and four RBI in the tournament. Fahey had a huge two-out, two-RBI double that helped break open the Legends’ first round game in the double-elimination bracket against the Lakeland (PA) Hurricanes.

The Keshin twins, who will be playing next spring at the University of Virginia combined for 18 hits over the seven-game tournament. Rachel Keshin had 10 of those hits, including two doubles, four RBI and five runs while Molly Keshin had eight hits, three doubles and scored seven runs. She also stole a team-high nine bases.

Kane, a rising senior and New Canaan High School’s starting pitcher, struck out 10 batters in 12 innings pitched in the tournament. She hurled a one-hitter in a 6-1 win against the Hurricanes and had eight hits, five RBI and five runs in the series. Kane also recorded a save in support of Legends teammate Abby Abramson of Cheshire High School, Connecticut’s Gatorade State Player of the Year.

The Keshins, Kane and Fahey each had terrific seasons for NCHS this past spring, helping the Rams to a 10-10 regular season record and make their second consecutive appearance in the CIAC playoffs.

Molly Keshin received All-State, Academic All-State and First Team All-FCIAC honors. Rachel Keshin was also named to the All-FCIAC First Team and was a finalist for CT Gatorade Player of the Year. Kane was named to the All-FCIAC Second Team and earned a spot on the CHSCA Junior Select team, while Fahey was named All-FCIAC Honorable Mention for the second straight year.