Stamford softball rolls over McMahon
Updated 10:21 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
STAMFORD -- Coming into the season with a young roster and question marks at a few positions, it was unclear how the Stamford softball team would fare once thrown into the fire of the FCIAC schedule.
If the last two games are any indication, they are coming along just fine.
The Black Knights pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 15-2, five-inning win over McMahon Wednesday.
That result comes on the heels of a 10-2 win over Ridgefield Monday and moves the Knights to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the FCIAC.
Seeing the bats throughout the lineup begin to heat up is a welcome sign for Stamford.
"It is great. Everyone did amazing and did their part," Stamford shortstop Kelly DiPietro said. "It is great to see because we have so many young girls on the team and they can all it. It's great to see that and know there is a future for the team."
The future is one thing, but this team is winning now, doing it with timely hitting and solid defense.
Stamford finds itself among several chasing the top teams in the league, hoping for a spot in the FCIAC playoffs.
"Every game is a big game for us," Stamford coach Tony Esposito said. "We are hopefully in the middle of the pack somewhere and day by day we are getting better. The younger kids are hitting the ball and we are happy with our progress."
The Black Knights attack Wednesday was led by DiPietro who was 3 for 4 with three RBI and a run scored. Haley Lamotta was 2 for 4 with two runs and a RBI, Sara Staley who went 2 for 3 with a RBI and two runs and Lauren O'Neill who went 2 for 3 with two doubles, a walk, a run and 4 RBI.
Christina Joaunou pitched four innings, picking up the win while striking out six. The Black Knights defense committed only one error behind Joaunou. The defense playing well is another area that has pleasantly surprised Esposito.
"We hit a couple of cuts from the outfield and got some good jumps on the ball," Esposito said. "This is how you want to see a young team develop. We are growing but we have to win the games at the same time because one more hit for them in the third inning and it is a close game and the kids need to understand that."
The Black Knights seem to be coming together sooner than expected, but in the FCIAC, it is never too soon to play well.
"It is still pretty early but it's not too early," DiPietro said. "It was a rough patch in the beginning because we were figuring out spots but it all really came together and this game really showed it because we were able to hit and make the plays when needed."
Stamford 15, McMahon 2
MCMAHON 002 00 -- 2 4 2
STAMFORD 062 7X -- 15 16 1
Records: S - 6-2, 6-1; M -- 2-3, 2-3 FCIAC
Doubles: S -- Lauren O'Neill 2, Shannon Stabile, Staley; M -- Danielle Bonis HR: M - Rodriguez