Trumbull softball returns two All-Staters, untested lineup

Trumbull's Cassi Barbato and Mackenzie Bruggeman provide coach Jacqui Sheftz with college-bound All-State performers.

Trumbull’s Cassi Barbato and Mackenzie Bruggeman provide coach Jacqui Sheftz with college-bound All-State performers.

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Trumbull brings back catcher Cassi Barbato and third baseman MacKenzie Bruggeman to the lineup, but besides the All-State tandem, softball coach Jacqui Sheftz said the team is young.

“Cassi will play at Radford (Division I) and Mackenzie at Assumption (Division II),” Sheftz said. “Junior Kyle Barbagallo played second base as a freshman and will be in the outfield. Jenna Duffy was a DP (designated player) as a frosh and this year will play first base. Everyone else is new.”

Trumbull is ranked 5th in the GameTimeCT Preseason Top 10 poll and has the pedigree to earn such a rating.

Sheftz, since taking the job at Trumbull in 2016, has guided her Eagles to a Class LL state title (2017), a state final (2018) and state semifinal (2019) with a combined regular season record of 66-13 (13-7 in first year).

Sheftz won three state and six league titles at Masuk and recorded a combined 286-101 mark in 12 seasons at Masuk and two at Staples.

The coaching staff is almost entirely new.

Joining returnee Mark Dempsey will be Alyssa Pagano, who played shortstop on two of Sheftz’ Masuk state-title winning teams, was a four-year starter at Southern Connecticut State University, and played on a Stratford Breakers’ team coached by Dempsey that won a national championship.

Denise Denis, the all-time home run leader with the Stratford Brakettes, and Zoli Szabo, whose daughter Ally pitched Trumbull to its firstever state title in 2017, complete the staff.

Trumbull is scheduled to host No. 4 St. Joseph on Saturday at 11.

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