Eagles turn back Fairfield Warde softball
The Trumbull High softball team made easy work of Fairfield Warde, handily defeating the Mustangs by a score of 7-1 on May 15.
Samantha Platz took the mound for coach Cary Nadel’s Eagles and threw a complete game, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out three.
“Sam’s been great all week for us, and she’s one of the best-fielding pitchers I’ve coached,” Nadel said. “We’re swinging the bat well; we got a couple of big hits today from Harleigh Kaczegowicz and Lauren Zielinski. They’ve got good team chemistry, and it shows.”
After a quick top of the first, Trumbull’s offense got off to a roaring start in the bottom of the inning.
Christie Costello drew a four-pitch walk and stole second, then came around to score in no time when Kaczegowicz pounded a triple.
Kaczegowicz utilized some speed and heads-up baserunning to steal home, extending Trumbull’s lead to 2-0.
Platz faced another four batters in the top of the second, and Trumbull’s offense was right back at it in the bottom of the frame.
The inning got off to a slow start, opening with a pop fly to third base and a grounder back to the pitcher in just four pitches. The Eagles still had a rally in their bones, however, and Zielinski was the one to get things started.
Zielinski singled and promptly stole second, putting a runner in scoring position for Costello, who hammered a double to score Zielinski.
Not to be outdone, Kaczegowicz waited for an 0-2 count before smashing a two-run home run to stretch the lead to 5-0.
Platz continued to dominate on the mound, working one-two-three innings in both the third and fourth frames. Platz herself singled and stole second with two outs in the bottom of the third, but was left stranded on base.
The Eagles did add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Zielinski, this time with one out, smashed a nicely hit triple to start things off. Costello, wasting no time, lined a first-pitch single to bring Zielinski in to score and extend Trumbull’s lead to 6-0.
Megan Thaler got on base with one out in the bottom of the fifth when she lifted a 1-2 pitch for a double. She advanced to third when Platz grounded out to the shortstop, but was left stranded sixty feet from home.
Warde got its offense going in the later innings. The Mustangs had scattered a few baserunners here and there, and finally managed to push across a run in the top of the sixth.
It was no harm, no foul for the Eagles, as they earned the run back in the bottom of the inning.
Nicole Chiappetta singled to lead off the inning, then advanced to second when Zielinski reached on an error. Costello then worked the count to 3-1 before drawing a walk to load the bases for Kaczegowicz.
Kaczegowicz grounded to third, and Warde opted to take the lead runner. That left the bases loaded for Kristine Liptack, who grounded out to third but in the process brought Zielinski in to score her third run of the day.
The RBI took the score to 7-1.
“Our plan is to place top four in FCIACs and hopefully in the top ten in the state,” Nadel said. “Of course we’re always looking ahead to the next win, and we just take it one game at a time.”
Trumbull High defeated Stamford High, 5-2, on May 14. Samantha Platz drove in four runs. Harleigh Kaczegowicz had a single, a triple and scored a run. Emily Clark had a hit and scored two runs. Kristine Liptack had a hit, a run scored and an RBI.