HS baseball, softball update
Sam Platz tossed a one-hitter and coach Cary Nadel’s Trumbull High softball team defeated Ridgefield High, 14-0, on Friday.
Christie Costello went 4-for-4 to lead the Eagles’ 17-hit attack. Kristine Liptack (three hits) drove in four runs and scored three times. Jayme Thompson was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Megan Thaler and Costello scored three runs each.
Emily Clark and Lauren Zielinski had two hits each. Clark scored two runs and drove in a pair. Liptack and Thompson had triples, and Costello, Thaler and Clark hit doubles.
Nadel’s Eagles continued to swing strong bats when they pounded out 20 hits in winning a 15-4 decision from Brookfield High on Saturday.
Costello and Liptack had four hits each to support winning pitcher Marissa Valenti.
Clark had three hits, including a home run, drove in three runs and scored four times. Costello, who slugged two doubles, scored four runs and had three RBIs.
Zielinski had two hits and scored three runs, while Nicole Palmer had two hits, an RBI, and scored twice.
Harleigh Kaczegowicz had a double and drove home two runners. Nicole Chiappetta had a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Thaler doubled and scored and Thompson drove home a run.
Trumbull lost its season opener to Newtown High, 5-2, on Wednesday. Thompson had two of the Eagles’ seven hits, including a triple. Kaczegowicz and Liptack had two hits each. Newtown scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third. Trumbull tallied runs in the first and third frames.
St. Joseph baseball
St. Joseph had its chances at the plate, but Fairfield Warde left hander Hunter Hewitt got some tough outs and the host Mustangs defeated the Cadets, 5-0, on Monday.
St. Joseph is off to an 0-3 start, and while not pleased, Cadet coach Jim Chaves understands.
“It is a grind, and even though it is a short (20-game) season, you still have to take things game to game and inning to inning,” he said.
“Right now, we’re trying to find ourselves. We return all three starters (from last year’s state championship team) and they haven’t been bad, but they haven’t been great.
“The other two aspects, hitting and defense, well we haven’t put all three together yet. We will.”
Hewitt pitched out of a jam in the first inning and Warde got a couple of two-out singles from Alex Goven to take a 3-0 lead after three.
The Cadets’ Ishmael Herrera singled to start the fourth, but was out stealing.
Down 4-0 in the fourth, Jake Amoroso opened the frame with a walk, but Hewitt notched three strikeouts to negate Dave Cappela’s single and leave two runners stranded.
Warde turned a 6-4-3 double play in the Cadet fifth, after Matt Laveneziana was hit by a pitch and Mark Hirschbeck singled.
Mike Rotundo had four hits and three RBIs for St. Joseph, but Seymour scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to win a 7-5 decision in Trumbull on Saturday.
The Cadets had lost their season opener, 7-6, to Westhill of Stamford.
St. Joseph softball
Katie Gardella knocked in the go-ahead run with a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and coach Jeff Babineau’s Cadets opened its season with a 3-2 victory over Lauralton Hall in Trumbull on Wednesday.
Nicole Williams pitched into the seventh to gain the win, with Mikaela Mallozzi earning the save.
Lauren Pitney had two hits and scored a run and Tori Ceballos had two hits and an RBI for the Cadets, who scored runs in the first, third and sixth innings.
St. Joseph defeated Newtown, 12-0, in the sixth inning by mercy rule on Saturday.
Madeline Meier a freshman, threw a one-hitter with six strikeouts and drove in two runs. Pitney had three hits and two RBIs, Ceballos had two hits and three RBIs and Mallozzi had three hits.
Williams pitched a two-hitter and struck out 12 batters in St. Joseph High’s 10-0 victory over Fairfield Warde in Trumbull on Monday.
Hanna Errico had two hits and two runs scored. Mallozzi and Gardella each had two hits and two RBIs, as St. Joseph totaled 12 hits.