Fairfield Warde softball loses to Trumbull
Published 1:04 am, Friday, May 7, 2010
In seven years in the dugout helming the Trumbull softball team, Charlie Judge can't recall the FCIAC being this competitive. When he looked in the paper the other day and saw five of the league's teams ranked among the Top 10 of the state polls, he wasn't all that surprised.
"This is as even as it's been. The idea of the FCIAC having five teams in the Top 10 is amazing," Judge said "Usually there's one or two good teams, not five ... and the other teams out there ain't bad. If you think you're going to show up, throw your glove on the field and think you're going to win, you'll lose."
Tuesday, two of those Top 10 teams squared off, with Trumbull defeating Fairfield Warde 6-0.
Trumbull (11-2, 9-2 FCIAC) jumped on Warde with a five-run first, leaving ace pitcher Alex Puglisi to take care of the rest.
Puglisi, who saw her ERA dip to under a half-run per game, allowed 10 baserunners, but minimized the damage by inducing a couple of crucial pop-ups as well as striking out eight. In the process she shut down a Mustangs' team averaging over seven runs. It was also the first time Warde had been shut out this season.
"We came out and forced some mistakes," Judge said. "And we had Pugs. She shut them down. They've hit everybody else they've faced until her. The truth of it is, they're a (darn) good club."
Trumbull batted around in the first, with Puglisi starting the action by drawing a walk off Warde (10-2, 8-2) starter Gina Treglia. Following a sacrifice by Veronica Alicea, the next five Eagles rapped out hits, including RBIs from Tori Wetmore, Ashley Simoneau, Sarah Wesley and Brette Therriault. Trumbull also took advantage of some rare Warde mistakes in the field, including a pair of throwing errrors on Wesley's single.
"We weren't ourselves today (Tuesday), for whatever reason," said Warde Coach Gary Quiricone, whose team lost for the second straight game after opening the season 10-0. "The machine broke down today and we couldn't repair it fast enough and that's the best way I can put it."
Trumbull tacked on a run in the second when Puglisi drew another walk, with courtesy runner Jill Noto scoring two batters later on Wetmore's single.
Treglia eventually settled down, at one point retiring eight straight through the second and fourth innings, but the damage had been done. Puglisi did walk a pair of batters, pushing her season total to five.
"If we give [Puglisi] six runs, in all honesty, nobody out there is going to beat us," Judge said. "You'll beat us 1-0, 2-1, 3-1. Nobody is beating us with seven, eight runs."
Warde did mount a couple of threats. In the top of the fifth Stacey Dileo led off with a double and looked ready to score on Treglia's single up the middle, but slipped rounding third and wound up stranded there as Puglisi got the next two batters to pop out.
On a day where the wind caused havoc on any ball hit in the air, second baseman Alicea made a nice play in the top of the seventh, making a diving stop to grab Dileo's liner and double Heather Vanderheyden off first base.
Warde rebounded to beat Bassick on Wednesday, 18-0 to improve to 11-2.
Pat Pickens contributed to this story.