Joseph stifles Staples' bats
The old adage that "good pitching beats good hitting" came to pass when the Staples softball team went up against two-time FCIAC champs Westhill at Greens Farms Elementary School on Friday. In fact, the undefeated Lady Vikings (4-0) also had the better hitting this day as the Wreckers (2-2 FCIAC) went down 11-2. This contest featured a pitching match-up between the two school's aces, senior captain Jenny Johnston for Staples and senior captain Jennifer Joseph for the Lady Vikings.
Johnston was still recovering from an early season injury and struggled early. "It was tough keeping the ball away from their hitters. They hit the ball very well," said the lanky thrower. "I simply have to work through the injury and the cold weather didn't make that any easier."
Staples Coach, Mark Giordano said, "We couldn't make a couple of double plays when we needed them and you can't do that against a good team like Westhill. They play `small ball' very well and jump on every opportunity."
For the Vikings, senior Joseph was nearly untouchable all afternoon long. A two-time All FCIAC first team selection, the future Springfield College hurler kept it up for all seven innings and was backed by strong and timely hitting. Junior Caitlin Kane had two hits and two RBI and classmate Alex Masiello had a hit for Staples.
The Lady Wreckers made some great catches in the outfield but couldn't get their bats working. Joseph was painting the edges of the plate and was in total control of this game.
Staples plays at Trumbull today at 4 p.m.