Trumbull learning as it goes
The Trumbull High softball team lost 4-1 to Lauralton Hall in its season opener in Milford on Wednesday.
Maddie Festa singled home Christie Costello in the top of the third, after the Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the first.
Lauralton still had two runners aboard with one out when Festa retired Rachel Landock on a fly ball to Nicole Chiappetta in center and then struck out Jenna Bump.
Festa twice left the bases loaded, but Lauralton tacked on two more runs in the fifth.
“She threw the ball really well,” Trumbull coach Charlie Judge said of Festa. “And, our defense played extremely well for a young team. We will get better.”
Trumbull’s run-scoring rally began when Nicole Palmer singled, only to be forced out by Costello, who went to second on a wild throw to first.
Festa’s two-out single brought her home.
The Crusaders looked to add to their 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
Alexa Dawid punched a leadoff single to center before Costello caught her attempting to steal second.
Jackie Brewster, Jess Napolitano and Alex Moleski singled to load the bases, but Festa struck out the next two batters to keep her team in the game.
Trumbull threatened to tie the game in the fifth after Kristen Szabo doubled to lead off the frame.
Lauralton pitcher Haley Congdon notched a strikeout and enticed ground outs to short and third to leave Szabo at third.
Jayme Thompson doubled in the second inning, but was stranded.
Trumbull threatened to tie the game in the fifth after Szabo doubled to lead off the frame.
Congdon notched a strikeout and enticed ground outs to Connolly at short and Landock at third to leave Szabo at third.
Lauralton stretched its lead to 4-1 in the home fifth.
Dawid reached on an error and Brewster beat out a bunt single before Jess Napolitano singled Dawid home.
Moleski singled to load the bases and Landock hit a sacrifice fly.
Jenna Bump singled to reload the bases, but Festa got out of the jam on an infield fly in a tough wind to Palmer at second and a fine 3-4-3 exchange from Palmer to Kristine Liptack at first.
Trumbull loaded the bases to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the sixth.
Kristine Liptack doubled and Emily Clarke and Chiappetta had infield singles to load the bases, but Congdon pitched out of the jam when Napolitano scooped up Szabo’s grounder to second and made the play to Brewster at first to end the threat.
Judge knew his team was in for a tough game with the Crusaders.
“They are always one of the best program’s in the state and Theresa (Napolitano) always does a good job coaching them,” he said.
“The bad weather in the preseason hurt us, because with such a young team we need to get on the field and go over things again and again.
“I really like this group and we’ll be fine.”
Trumbull split its next two games, losing 5-2 to Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday and defeating Newtown High 3-1 on Saturday.
Liptack had three hits, drove in a run and scored a run versus Ludlowe. Katie Tyler had a single.