Saccamono pitches Lady Wreckers softball to 3-0 start
Staples senior Sam Saccamono had a memorable week on the softball diamonds, tossing a no-hitter the very next game after throwing a disputed one-hitter which may have, in fact, been a no-no.
Saccamono helped the Lady Wreckers knock off host Trinity Catholic Friday and visiting Bridgeport Central 7-1 Monday. The only "hit" she allowed in the win over Trinity was on an infield grounder which Staples softball coach Mark Giordano said was bobbled by his first baseman. Giordano said he would have scored it an error but the home team's stats are the ones that are official and Trinity recorded the play as a hit. That didn't faze Saccamono, who closed out the one hit/no-hit effort with 12 strikeouts, then followed up the outstanding performance with a clear-cut no-hitter against Central. She struck out 11 batters in the win over Central.
As dominant as Saccamono was against Central, she had to work her way through some trouble -- including an inning in which she walked a batter and hit three in a row to force in a run -- and arm stiffness. Giordano, as a matter of fact, tried to take her out of the game three different times because he was concerned about the potential for injury. He consulted with his pitcher who insisted she was okay and wanted to finish the no-hit effort.
"I told him I wanted to keep going because I thought I could throw another no hitter," Saccamono said. "It felt really good."
"Somebody's pitching a no hitter -- you really can't pull her out," assuming they are healthy enough to keep going said Giordano, adding that he has worked as a pitching coach throughout the years. "She wanted to pitch through it."
Saccamono, after allowing run to score and reloading the bases in the fifth, settled down to fan the next three batters. Her team already had a 4-0 lead and added to a 4-1 advantage with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth.
The pitcher used a combination of a fastball and curve and allowed only two balls to get to the outfield between the last two games. "She was hitting her spots. She was moving the ball around the plate," Giordano said.
In the win over Trinity, Alex Masiello and Heather Rosoff both had three hits, and Rosoff and Shelby Schulman each knocked in runs. The game was a scoreless battle until the late innings when Staples pushed across two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Connors was behind the plate for the stellar pitching performances. Fellow catcher Sabrina Friend, sidelined with an injury to begin the year, has been impressed with Saccamono's efforts in the pitcher's circle. "It's a really great season for her," Friend said.
Staples is off to a perfect start which includes a 6-5 win over Ridgefield in the opener and Friend looks forward to returning to the lineup as early as this coming week. "I definitely want to be behind the plate again and swinging the bat to help the team out," Friend said.
Staples just missed the FCIAC playoffs last spring, and the team is shooting for a return to the tourney. Giordano has been mostly pleased with his team's efforts and also sees some room for improvement as the Wreckers prepare to face some of the conference's tougher teams. "So far, our defense has been doing a really nice job," the coach said. "We're still working on putting everything together -- the potential's there."