Staples softball routs Nonnewaug, now 2-0
Published 7:44 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015
The Staples softball team ventured into Litchfield County on Friday afternoon with a flurry of optimism after a strong season-opening victory.
And for the second time in as many games, the Wreckers came away with a blowout win. Staples moved to 2-0 on the young season with an 11-1 win over Nonnewaug. Junior shortstop Gabby Perry went 3-for-4 with a walk as the Wreckers pounded out 17 hits.
Staples, which defeated New Fairfield 12-3 on Wednesday, has scored 23 runs in two games.
"They should have a lot of confidence," Staples coach Charlie Judge said of his team. "We're not going to run away and hide from anybody. We'll play whoever shows up and do alright."
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Sophomore pitcher Gillian Birk went the distance for the Wreckers, striking out nine batters while allowing just four hits.
"(Birk) did well," Judge said. "Once she doesn't think and just accelerates and throws the ball like any good pitcher has to and turns it, she does well. She's getting better and better every time out."
When Birk did put the ball in play, the Wreckers defense gobbled up everything and didn't commit a single error.
"I thought we played really good defense," Perry said. "We've gotten a lot better this season; we're working a lot on that and progressing a lot more."
The Wreckers scored six runs in the top of the second inning to break the game open. Staples didn't need an extra-base hit, but there were plenty of singles to go around including a 2-run hit by Emily Lustbader.
"We pushed the ball well, we bunted the ball well and we hit the ball hard," Judge said. "We got our top hand through the ball. We got a lot of things done that these kids have been working on in practice."
Perry led off the game with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout. Leading 7-1 in the fifth inning, the Wreckers scored two runs on an error and a single by Sonia Klein. Staples scored two more runs in the seventh on RBIs by Lustbader and Birk.
"We were able to execute," Judge said. "When you execute, you score runs."
The Wreckers, who have just one senior and several juniors, defeated the Chiefs 6-5 at the end of last season. Many of Nonnewaug's players were on the field again Friday, including the pitcher Staples had success against.
Staples begins its FCIAC season on Monday against Ludlowe, with games against Stamford (Wednesday) and St. Joseph (Friday) to follow.
"Next week will tell us where we are," Perry said. "I feel we're going to do pretty good; I have a good feeling."