By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

The Staples softball team had its bats and arms working well Thursday.

Staples delivered the timely hits and despite using its No. 2 pitcher for most of the game, it came away with an 8-0 victory over Brien McMahon in an away game played on its home field -- Greens Farms Elementary School because McMahon's field didn't dry from this week's rain.

With the win, the Lady Wreckers raised their record to 4-0. The Lady Senators dropped to 1-4.

"The team worked very hard," Staples Coach Mark Giordano said. "The whole team played well and can hit the ball. We're working on putting the defense together."

The Lady Wreckers won despite losing senior righty starting pitcher Sam Saccomano in the second inning because of a sore muscle. Saccomano retired McMahon in order in the first inning but was taken out after allowing a single by sophomore Sam Bardos.

Enter senior righty Emma Axthelm, who allowed five hits and walked no batters to go with four strikeouts in six innings of work. Axthelm worked out of a couple of jams and was the winning pitcher.

"It was the team's support and it was important to keep my focus," Axthelm said. "Without them, I couldn't do any of it."

Axthelm maintained her poise and despite being unexpectedly thrusted into this situation, she remained calm throughout.

"I've been working hard the past few weeks and working side-by-side with Sam helped me fix my mistakes," Axthelm said.

Senior quad-captain Alex Masiello had three hits and doubled home sophomore Nikki Bukovsky (three hits) to give Staples a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Masiello finished the game with two doubles and sophomore Shannon Connors singled her in to make it 2-0. Connors had two hits, including a triple.

In the fourth inning, the Lady Wreckers played small ball. Senior quad-captain Catherine Lomanto singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice and eventually scored on sophomore Morgan DiDonato's groundout.

"I waited on the pitch and went with it," DiDonato said.

McMahon had chances in the second inning with runners on second and third with no outs and in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out. The team also had second and third with no outs in the sixth. All three times, Axthelm and Staples were able to escape unscathed.

"That's what I tell them, if we score and make it close, it's a different game and it puts pressure on Staples," Lady Senators Coach Dani Brown said. "I've been happy with their hitting but today, we couldn't get the ball out of the infield."

Sophomore Natalie Leslie led McMahon at the plate by going 3-3. Bardos had two hits and junior Regina Tamburro had the other hit for the Lady Senators. Overall, McMahon left seven runners on base.

"Defensively, we did what needed to do but offensively, we couldn't get it done," Brown said.

Giordano said, "McMahon is a scrappy team and didn't give up. We took advantage of little things."

Staples broke it open in the sixth. Lomanto singled, junior Shelby Schulman singled and classmate Heather Rosoff doubled in two runs to left-center. After Bukovsky reached on an error to score a run, senior quad-captain Caitlin Kane followed with an RBI single and Masiello closed out the scoring with an RBI double.

"It's a really good start and I hope to maintain it throughout the season," Lomanto said. "We're playing like a team and we're communicating well together. Everyone is doing their part."