Cadets get big hits to top Eagles
“We got some timely hits, which are always important but especially in a rivalry game,” St. Joseph softball coach Jeff Babineau said after a pair of three-run rallies propelled his Cadets to a 6-3 victory over Trumbull High on May 5.
The Cadets, ranked third in the state writer’s poll, are 12-0 overall and 10-0 in the FCIAC. Trumbull is 8-4, 7-3 FCIAC.
“We had baserunners in five-of-seven innings,” Trumbull coach Cary Nadel said. “They hit us, we hit them. A good team (St. Joseph) capitalized on extra outs.”
The Cadets’ Nicole Williams (10-0) and the Eagles’ Samantha Platz took a scoreless game into the home third, when St. Joseph took a 3-0 lead.
Lauren Blose doubled to lead off the frame. Lauren Pitney and Mikaela Mallozzi loaded the bases with one-out singles, before Tori Ceballos dropped a single on the foul line in right to plate a pair. Mallozzi scored the third run on a misplayed cutoff.
Platz, who struck out eight batters and walked only two, got out of the jam with a strikeout and a pop up back to the circle.
Trumbull pulled a run back in the top of the fourth. Megan Thaler singled with one out to open the rally and pinch-runner Marisa Valenti went to second on a fine play by Katie Gardella on Nicole Chiappetta’s tough chopper up the third base line.
Williams, who struck out five batters, got Platz to hit a fly ball, but Valenti came around to score when the outfielder’s collided.
St. Joseph upped its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Amy Chacho singled and pinch-runner Sam Errico was safe at second when the fielder’s choice throw was dropped.
Blose sacrificed the runners up a base and Madeline Meir delivered a pinch-hit RBI single.
Pitney followed with a two-run double. Tori Ceballos singled and a hit pitch Williams, but Platz left the bases loaded with a strikeout.
Trumbull tallied twice in the sixth.
Kristine Liptack worked out one of two free passes and pinch-runner Hannah Stegler stole second.
Thaler doubled her home and Chiappetta sent her to third with a single to center.
Pitney caught Platz’ looper to short for the second out, but Nicole Palmer lined a ball off Williams.
Pitney was there to throw her out, but pinch-runner Brittany Rodriguez scored to make it a 6-3 game.