Softball: Trumbull U12 bats silenced by Monroe
Trumbull Little League’s 12U All-Star softball team was looking to break out the bats in its second game of District II Tournament at Bill Meyer Field in Westport on Monday night.
Coming off a loss to Fairfield in their opener, the locals were out to make hay but couldn’t solve the right-handed pitches of Monroe’s Kyra McCarthy.
Monroe had dropped its opening game to Westport, 6-3, but this time behind McCarthy’s one-hit gem posted a 10-0 victory.
Trumbull had first ups. With two down, Brooke Buzzeo hit a chopper in front of the plate and used her speed to beat out the infield hit. McCarthy however, retired the final 10 batters she faced in the run-rule four-inning contest. She struck out seven.
While Trumbull’s bats were silenced, the players showed off their prowess defensively before a large crowd of Trumbull rooters.
Trumbull infielders were Lillian Boland at first base, Bella Genuario and Nicoletta Colucci at second, Tiffany Suporn at shortstop and Daniella Chanaca at third.
Kendall Colford, Julia Schmitz, Sara Sabin, Bridget Rakoczy and Mary DeCarlo played the outfield.
Buzzeo did the pitching, with Melanie DiFabio at catcher.
Monroe’s Jacie Hall started the home first with a well struck ball to right field. When she tried to go to third base on the play, Chanaca was waiting to make the tag.
A single, consecutive triples and a two-out single stretched Monroe’s lead to 3-0 after one inning.
Suporn at short went high to catch Kathryn Gallant’s liner for the first out in the second. Schmitz was next to wow the crowd, as she raced from her position in left field to rob Hall of extra bases.
Monroe was still able to tack on two runs to take a 5-0 lead.
Buzzeo set Monroe down on one hit, including a strikeout, in the third.
In the decisive fourth, DeCarlo made a fine catch in left field and Suporn showed great range going out to short center field to grab a flare.
Trumbull is managed by Tony Buzzeo. The coaches are Greg Rakoczy and John Colucci.
Trumbull will play Westport on Friday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Meyer Field. The to-be-seeded semifinals will be Sunday, July 3, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The title game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6.