Greenwich softball overcomes Trumbull in 11 innings
Updated 9:37 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2013
TRUMBULL -- Greenwich softball coach Mary Beth Fratello said after Sunday's 6-4, 11-inning victory over Trumbull that it seemed both teams "wanted to keep playing because they didn't want to go home and do homework."
Trumbull coach Charlie Judge may not have minded if his players wanted to go home . . . as long as the homework was Softball 101.
"If you can't execute, you can't win," Judge said after Sunday's critical FCIAC loss. "We had this game won four times."
In the end it was Allison Kach's run-scoring groundout and an RBI single by Ebba Mark that proved the difference in the top of the 11th. But the events leading up to that had to upset not just Judge but both coaches.
"We've been hitting the ball but not getting runs," Fratello said after the Cardinals (13-4, 12-3 FCIAC) had 15 hits and left 12 runners on against Trumbull pitcher Maddie Festa, who escaped several jams with minimal damage.
Rebecca DeCarlo, who led Greenwich with four hits, had a two-run single in the sixth to tie it. Trumbull then put runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth and failed to score after a failed suicide squeeze, and had two on and no outs in the seventh and came up empty again. The seventh inning ended in stunning fashion as the Eagles (9-7, 8-6) ran themselves in an inning-ending triple play.
Festa and Kristine Liptack led off the seventh against Kach with singles, putting runners on first and third and none out. Emily Schofield then lifted a fly to shallow right and Judge, coaching third, sent the runner home. But Greenwich right fielder Jen Ambrogio nailed the runner at the plate, and then catcher Erin Ferguson threw out Liptack, who was trying to go first-to-third on the play.
"I was not surprised he sent the runner because Charlie is aggressive," Fratello said. "(Ambrogio) came up throwing. I was shocked we got a triple play."
Trumbull left a runner in scoring position in every inning from the fifth through the ninth.
"Our situational hitting was horrible," Judge said. "We need a single and they're trying to hit it 500 feet, or we don't get a good jump on a suicide squeeze. I didn't like our offense, our defense or our pitching today."
Hits by Colleen Bennett and Kach produced a first-inning run for Greenwich before Christie Costello singled and scored on three wild pitches in the home first. After Greenwich took a 2-1 lead in the third on Ferguson's RBI single, Nicole Palmer's single keyed Trumbull's two-run third.
Kristine Szabo's RBI single made it 4-2 in the fourth before DeCarlo tied it in the fifth.
Bennett, Kach and Mark added two hits for the Cards, who moved within one-half game of first place.
Liptack had two hits for Trumbull, which now trails Danbury by one game for the final FCIAC playoff berth.
Trumbull 4 (11)
GREENWICH 101 002 000 02 -- 6 15 3
TRUMBULL 102 100 000 00 -- 4 8 3
Records: Greenwich 13-4, 12-3 FCIAC; Trumbull 9-7, 8-6. Batteries: G--Allison Kach (W, 11-4) and Erin Ferguson; T--Maddie Festa (L, 9-6) and Christie Costello. Highlights: G--Rebecca DeCarlo had four hits and two RBI, Colleen Bennett, Kach and Ebba Mark each had two hits. Kach struck out six and walked one. T--Kristine Liptack had two hits and Jayme Thompson had a double. Festa had six strikeouts and walked one.