Fairfield Warde softball struggling with the first inning
Published 1:04 am, Friday, May 7, 2010
The first inning is developing into a problem for the Fairfield Warde softball team.
The Mustangs dug themselves a hole that they could not climb out of for the second consecutive game in their 6-0 loss against No. 10 Trumbull on Tuesday.
Trumbull scored five runs in the opening frame and has now been outscored 8-0 in the first inning in its two games with Westhill and Trumbull.
"It was too much for us to climb out of," Warde Head Coach Gary Quiricone said.
The Mustangs were bombarded by the Eagles' hitting in the first inning on Tuesday. After a leadoff walk to Alex Puglisi and a sacrifice by Veronica Alicea, Trumbull got five straight hits which were aided by a pair of Mustangs' throwing errors.
"This was uncharacteristic of our play," Quiricone said. "We were out of sync."
Warde also failed to get a key hit in clutch situations again. The Mustangs banged out seven hits, led by shortstop Stacey DiLeo's two singles and a double, but could not get her in. DiLeo died at third base three times, and Warde left seven on base for the game.
"We got the runners on base," Quiricone said. "We just couldn't get the key hit to get them in."
This was evident in the first inning, as DiLeo singled to open the game and was sacrificed to second base by Summer Anderson. DiLeo stole third, but was stranded there.
DiLeo also had the opportunity to score in the fifth inning, but fell rounding third base on a single by Gina Treglia. Unlike previous games where the Mustangs were able to drive the runners in, Alyssa Borowy and Kaitlin McCartney popped out to end the inning.
"That finely tuned machine that we had, broke down [Tuesday]," Quiricone said. "And we couldn't repair it fast enough."
Losing two straight games for the Mustangs, while a little alarming, is not bothersome for Quiricone. The Mustangs did regain some confidence when they beat Bassick 18-0 on Wednesday.
"We're a strong team," Quiricone said. "We weren't ourselves [Tuesday]."