Softball: Trumbull defeats Southington for first state title
The Trumbull High softball delivered on a request from its coach Jacqui Sheftz in the affirmative, when the Lady Eagles defeated Southington High, 4-3, in the CIAC Class LL championship game at West Haven's Frank Biondi Field on Saturday night..
“How do we want to be remembered? How are you going to put Trumbull softball on the map?” were the questions head coach Jacqui Sheftz posed to her ninth-ranked Lady Eagles. “It (the win) is about us playing within ourselves, doing what we do best, playing as a team. We wrote our own legacy today.”
Ally Szabo was named MVP after the senior won the pitching matchup-from sixth-seeded Southington ace Kara Zazzaro and knocked in the winning run with a single in the seventh inning.
“You are only as good as your seniors,” Sheftz said after Trumbull's first state title. “Erica Fluskey had a big hit, Taylor Brown had a big hit, Ally Szabo had a big hit, kudos to them and to the entire team.”
Southington (22-2) took the lead when Ellen Scafariello blasted a long home run to left field leading off the bottom of the second inning.
Trumbull (21-4) took the lead in the fourth.
Szabo opened with a single and courtesy runner Maggie Coffin went to third when Courtney Fairfield’s sacrifice bunt led to a throwing error on a fielder’s choice attempt at second base.
Zazzaro notched a strikeout and got an out at the plate on Julia Huzi’s bunt.
That left the rally up to Fluskey, who ripped a two-run single to right-center for a 2-1 lead.
Brown made it 3-1 with a home run over the fence in left with two down in the sixth inning.
Szabo, who had stranded five runners on three hits through five innings, couldn’t keep the Blue Knights off the board in the sixth.
Abigail Lamson singled and Scafariello drew a walk.
Szabo got the first out with her fifth strikeout and enticed a pop up to Briana Giacobbe at first.
Zazzaro lined a hot single off Delilah DeStefano’s glove at third base to load the bases for Kaitlin Semmel, who hit a liner to center that Alexa Adinolfi just missed snagging on a full out dive.
The game was tied 3-3.
Trumbull built the winning run in the seventh.
Alexa Adinolfi opened the inning with a walk.
Lea Thompson’s sacrifice bunt put her in scoring position.
Szabo promptly singled past first and down the first base line, as Adinolfi came home.
Southington threatened with two out in its last at bat.
Lamson singled to center for the Blue Knights’ seventh hit.
Scafariello walked to put the go-ahead on board, before Szabo struck out Francesca Ferrante to give Trumbull’s its first championship.