Staples softball holds off Danbury
DANBURY — The rainy start to the spring season meant both the Danbury and Staples softball teams are in the midst of a four game in four-day schedule against some tough competition.
The looming weather threatened to cause even more havoc when the two sides met up Wednesday on the Hatters’ field, with periods of moderate rain persisting for most of the contest.
But the sun peeked out in the bottom of the seventh and shined on the Wreckers, who got a complete-game effort from Sophia Alfero in a 5-2 win over Danbury that evened their record at 2-2 and dropped the hosts to 3-3.
Staples dropped its last game on Tuesday 8-3 to Ludlowe, but didn’t have time to reflect during the busy stretch.
“It was a new day,” Wreckers coach Luigi Cammarota said. “I told them as they walked over that Tuesday doesn’t matter. It was new pitches, new at-bats, a new team we’re facing.”
Alfero scattered seven hits and struck out seven Danbury batters. Getting slowly better as the game went along, Alfero retired nine straight at one point in the late innings.
“I don’t think the screwball was working as well as it has,” Cammarota said. “So we went away a lot more with the curve and drop curve. I think that threw them off; they were looking inside just from tendencies in the past few games.”
Taylor Rochlin and Gillian Birk provided the key hits for the Wreckers, who face another challenging opponent in Warde Thursday. Rochlin smashed a two-run single in the top of the third to give Staples a 2-1 lead, which was canceled out by an RBI single by Danbury’s Shea McNamara.
The Wreckers went ahead for good in the top of the fifth as Ashley Constantino reached on a fielder’s choice that scored a run. When she reached second on a wild pitch, Birk knocked her in with a single to to the outfield.
“We needed a couple of runs there obviously,” Cammarota said. “(Danbury pitcher Alexa McCarley) was throwing the ball away, and we told the girls they needed the let the ball get deep. We made some adjustments.”
Staples added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2.
The Hatters — coming off a big 3-2 win over Barlow Tuesday — were a little too sloppy in the field to come away with a win, said coach Shawn O’Brien. Alex Cooke had a big day at the plate for Danbury, going 3-for-4 including a big double over the outfield.
“We just didn’t make a couple of plays that we’re capable of making,” O’Brien said. “There were a few spots in the game where we extended their inning and allowed them to have another batter, and that’s what hurt us.”
STAPLES 5, DANBURY 2
STAPLES 002 021 0 - 5 7 1
DANBURY 100 100 0 - 2 7 2
Records: Staples 2-2, Danbury 3-3.