Softball: Trumbull rallies past Naugtuck

Using perfect execution and some daring base running, the Trumbull High softball team pushed across two runs in the sixth inning on Friday afternoon, erasing a 2-1 Naugatuck lead en route to a 3-2 victory, the first at the school for new coach Jacqui Sheftz.

Sheftz had previously won multiple state championships at Masuk High before stepping down after the 2014 season.

Taylor Brown led off the sixth against relief pitcher Megan Schofield by drawing a walk. Lea Thompson then dropped down a sacrifice bunt, which was mishandled. Both runners advanced on stolen bases.

Marisa Valenti followed with an infield hit, as Brown scored. When Diaz threw late to the plate, Valenti broke for second and was thrown out, but Thompson scored on the play.

Naugatuck, which was playing its opener, got a run in the first on Jenna Massicotte’s sacrifice fly. Massicotte’s double to deep center chased home Jackie Aronin in the sixth.

Trumbull’s Sarah Angelo singled in Lauren Zielinski, who had doubled, for Trumbull’s first run, in the fifth.

Ally Szabo pitched a complete game for Trumbull, now 1-1. She struck out 12, didn’t allow a walk, and gave up four hits while throwing 104 pitches.

“Early on, we were way out in front offensively but what kept us in the game was playing good defense,” Sheftz said. “In that sixth inning, we executed to perfection whether it was with a bunt, a suicide squeeze, or the double steal. It was really a matter of us putting runners on and forcing them to make plays.”

Trumbull dropped its opener earlier in the week to Newtown, 11-7.