Christie Costello squaring softball up
Rarely is a scholastic softball game noteworthy for the attention one out draws from those in attendance.
But when the batter is Trumbull High’s Christie Costello, and the line-out in the Eagles’ game at Fairfield Ludlowe on April 19, ends a string of reaching base on 21-of-23 trips, it is to be noted.
“Overall for the season to date, Christie’s batting average is .808,” Trumbull High coach Cary Nadel said of his senior catcher.
“Christie is the type of player and leader a coach dreams of. She is always in the game from the first pitch to the last pitch. You can see it in her eyes.”
Costello was ripping the ball for the 4-1 Eagles against the 5-1 Falcons.
Batting second in a lineup that banged out 16 hits in a game won by Ludlowe in 10 innings, Costello singled to left field in the first inning.
Her next trip to the plate came with two out and a runner on base in the third — Costello doubled up the gap to drive in a run to key a four-run rally.
In the fourth, Costello singled sharply to left to put runners on first and third
Costello ripped a pitch to center field with one out in the sixth inning.
When she came to bat in the top of the eighth with the game tied at 5, Costello lined out to third base and the ball was struck so hard it resulted in a 5-5-3 double play.
“Christie is the centerpiece to our lineup,” Nadel said. “We hit the ball one-through-nine, but no one is swinging a bat like Christie.”
In games with Trinity Catholic from Stamford, Danbury and Ludlowe, Costello had 12 hits in 14 trips, including two doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored. She stole five bases.