Johnston leads Lady Wreckers past Trumbull
When senior captain Jenny Johnston is healthy, the Staples softball team can compete with anyone.
Johnston has been battling a glutei muscle injury and an ITL band outside of her knee, was healthy on Wednesday and tossed a three-hitter with one walk in six strikeouts in leading Staples to a 2-0 victory at previously undefeated Trumbull.
"A lot of it was mental and I wanted to be back where I was, so I worked hard in practice and the coaches pushed me," Johnston said.
The Lady Wreckers raised their record to 4-2, Trumbull dropped to 7-1, 5-1 in the FCIAC.
"She's been working hard all week and today was the first time I felt she was the Jenny of last year," Staples Coach Mark Giordano said. "We have a new theme, which is to play every pitch and every out and score one run an inning and we'd be successful. We had a couple of key hits and ran the bases well."
Junior Sam Saccomano led the Lady Wreckers with two hits and slammed a double in the top of the second. Saccomano took third on the play when the Lady Eagle right fielder misplayed the ball and scored when Johnston reached on an error by the first base. Johnston was credited with an RBI on the play.
"She's a fast pitcher and I had to concentrate," Saccomano said. "The ball came fast over the plate and it was easy to hit."
In the top of the third inning, junior Sabrina Friend singled to left but was erased when classmate Alex Masiello reached on a fielder's choice. Masiello stole second and scored on junior Caitlin Kane's single.
Kane made a nice defensive play in the bottom of the sixth when she caught a fly ball in center field and then threw it to first to double up a Trumbull runner. Masiello had a double in the first inning.
"I hope this will be a spark to keep us going," Johnston said. "We got off to a rocky start but Trumbull is an incredible team and I hope this is a turning point for the season."