SHELTON — It was a pretty good day for Olivia Vadas to say the least.

Vadas, a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter over five innings with eight strikeouts and no walks while going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI Saturday, leading the Warde softball team to a 14-0 win at Shelton in a non-league matchup.

“I’m feeling happy, and feeling good about the rest of the season,” the low-key Vadas said afterward. “I just can’t wait to play again.”

Her opponents can certainly wait if she’s dealing the way she did against the Gaels. Vadas retired the first seven batters she faced, four via strikeout, before lefty swinging Jillian Komornik had a slap infield hit along the first base line no one could field.

“It was kind of chaotic,” Vadas recalled. “We were where we were supposed to be, it just got away from us.”

That didn’t matter because the Mustangs (4-1 record) staked Vadas to a 5-0 lead in the first inning with six straight batters coming to the plate without an out being recorded.

Vadas had an RBI base hit to center field during the frame before Camryn Johnson delivered the big blow — a three-run triple to deep left. Johnson would eventually score on a wild pitch.

With solid pitching, hitting and defense (no errors), Warde coach Gary Quiricone was pleased with how his team played.

“Olivia was strong again today,” said Quiricone, who had high praise for his sophomore’s pitch selection and delivery. “Our biggest concern earlier in the season was our hitting and certainly we came around today. We hit right through the lineup which was nice to see, especially against a good team like Shelton.”

Warde tacked on four more runs in second to take a 9-0 lead with Johnson and junior captain Abrianna Natoli each delivering two-run singles.

What hurt the Gaels (1-2) in the field was allowing the Warde leadoff batter in every inning to reach base, except the fourth, due to miscues and errors. That opened the floodgates.

“They (Warde) did capitalize on it (our mistakes),” Shelton coach Joann Desrochers said. “We had a lot of walks today and our pitching has to be able to not allow so many runners on base. Every time a runner was on base we made an untimely error and runs were scored.”

And with the way Vadas was pitching, there wasn’t a whole lot Desrochers’ squad could do to get going at the plate.

Warde added two runs in the third, with Vadas and Liz Kane notching RBI hits, and three more in the fifth, with Natoli hitting a two-run double and Amanda Petrizzi plating a run on an RBI groundout.

Natoli finished 2-for-3 with a walk and 4 RBI, Johnson also was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI and Sophia Sancho reached base four times and she scored three runs.

“Our entire team is playing on all cylinders right now,” said Quiricone, whose team doesn’t have any seniors on the roster yet has won three in a row, including a key 3-0 victory over Staples on Thursday. “We’ve got momentum now so we’re going to take one game at a time but this momentum I think is going to carry us the rest of the season.”


WARDE 542 03x x — 14 9 0

SHELTON 000 00x x — 0 1 3

Records: W 4-1, S 1-2

Batteries: W—Olivia Vadas (W, 3-1) and Katie Goodchild. S—Sara Rivera (L, 1-2), Emily Renkowsky (fourth) and Bryana Heuser. 2B: W—Vadas, Abrianna Natoli. 3B: W—Camryn Johnson.