Stamford beats Staples, 4-0
A failure to capitalize on its chances, coupled with a few mental errors in the field, cost the Staples softball team on Wednesday. Although both teams finished the game with five hits, Staples lost 4-0 at home to Stamford, who raised its record to 7-6. The Lady Wreckers had two runners thrown out and dropped to 5-5.
"You have to make the extra plays," Staples Coach Mark Giordano said. "They played small ball well and we made boneheaded plays in the field. [Stamford Coach] Tony Esposito coaches a great game and surprises you with different things and we didn't come to play. We're in a slump where we can't get the key hit."
Lady Black Knight righty Taylor Zito allowed only five hits and walked none while striking out seven. Stamford helped Zito out when junior catcher Melissa King nailed Staples junior Caitlin Kane on her attempted steal of second base in the second inning with freshman shortstop Krysta Robustelli applying the tag.
In the bottom of the third, Lady Wrecker junior Sabrina Friend hit a one out single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Junior Alex Masiello followed with a single to left and Friend tried to score but was thrown out by senior tri-captain Jessica Ortega on a perfect throw to King, who applied the tag.
"It's a continuous struggle and weakness we have," Staples senior co-captain Jenny Johnston said. "We have great hitting but we can't string them together and move people around."
Giordano said, "I gambled with Sabrina and it's one of those things that didn't work out. They made a bang-bang play."
Conversely, Stamford capitalized on its chances. Junior Chelsea Sciarretta hit a leadoff double in the second and scored on sophomore Tori Hynd's fielder's choice. Sciarretta (2-4) had a leadoff double in the fourth and scored when junior Lindsey Yanicky hit a grounder to the box and Johnston's throw went over first base.
Johnston has battled injuries all year and had a decent game, albeit not her best. She allowed five hits on four earned runs while walking two, striking out seven and hitting a batter.
In the sixth, Stamford scored twice through small ball. Senior tri-captain Brittany Ulloa led off with a bunt single and after a walk and fielder's choice, Hynd drove in Ulloa with an RBI bunt single. With two outs, Ortega drove in a run with a walk.
"I'm feeling better than I did but they did what they were supposed to do and got on any way they could," Johnston said.
After Zito struck out two batters swinging in the top of the fourth, Johnston reached first on an infield single. Kane (2-3) followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second with two outs, which set the stage for junior Catherine Lomanto. Lomanto lined a shot to center field but Stamford senior tri-captain Becca Hasak made a catch to rob her.
"Catherine hit a nice shot to center but their fielder made a nice catch on it to rob her," Giordano said.
Lomanto's flyout was the first of 10 straight outs Zito recorded as she remained untouched for the duration.
"We didn't play 100 percent to our potential and we definitely didn't bring our `A' game," Giordano said.
Johnston said, "We want to go out strong and how we played isn't reflective on how we can play."