Fairfield Warde softball beats Staples with walkoff hit
For the Fairfield Warde softball team, the beat just keeps on rolling.
The Mustangs scored a pair of runs with two outs, and then rallied in the bottom of the seventh to score the game-winning run, behind Gina Treglia's walkoff single, in a 3-2 win over Staples on Monday afternoon at Fairfield Warde High School.
"Staples is a good team," Warde Head Coach Gary Quiricone said. "We were able to push that run across in the bottom of the seventh, and there's nothing better than that."
Staples fought back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs scored on an Alex Masiello double in the sixth. Masiello finished the game 2-3 with a triple as the Wreckers fell to 1-1.
"Warde battled us all day," Staples Head Coach Mark
Staples starting pitcher Jenny Johnston, starting her first game of the season, went 6 1/3 innings allowing all three runs, and got the loss.
"She hadn't thrown a ball in 10 days," Giordano said. "She did a very good job."
After three scoreless innings, Warde jumped ahead in the fourth when after the first two batters were retired, Mustangs' center fielder Bianca Passaniti worked a walk.
"We're being patient at the bat," Quiricone said.
"I hit it far," Schettino said. "I just wish I would've slid better to be safe. But I was happy with it."
Warde went ahead by two in fifth when, again with two outs, Stacey DiLeo and Summer Anderson notched back-to-back singles. Treglia followed with an RBI single to drive in DiLeo and put the Mustangs up 2-0.
But that lead was short lived. First baseman Catherine LaMonte led off the sixth with a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Treglia hit Jenn Frusciante with a pitch. After Friend flew out, Masiello blooped a double in front of Anderson that scored two and tied the game at two.
"This was a lot of things we need all put together," Giordano said. --We need to pick up our bats."
Staples also had an opportunity in the seventh when Caitlin Kane worked a walk, but was thrown out stealing. Johnston followed with a single. Johnston was retired on a fielders choice by Courtney Garzone, who then reached second on a wild pitch. But, LaMonte lined out on a nice play by Schettino to end the threat.
DiLeo led the Mustangs' rally in the seventh with a walk. Anderson followed with a single, and Treglia roped a single to right field that scored DiLeo and lifted Warde to a 4-0 start.
Treglia was especially pleased to close the game with a game-winning hit after giving up the 2-0 lead.
"I just got really mad and I hit it wherever I could," she said.
The Mustangs have now scored 45 runs in four games and have allowed just three. Warde will put its unbeaten record on the line today against Greenwich at 4 p.m.
"These kids are awesome right now," Quiricone said. "They're giving it their all."