Foran softball tops Sheehan
MILFORD >> Having already suffered its share of late inning losses this season, the Foran softball team made sure it didn’t happen again Tuesday afternoon.
Scoring five times in the third inning, Foran defeated Sheehan 6-2 in a Southern Connecticut Conference contest at Foran High.
Foran, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-7, rallied in the home half of the third after the Titans had taken a 2-0 lead.
Kalie Mendola started it with a single to left and later scored on Hailey LaForte’s single to center. Foran then loaded the bases on an error and a walk before another error scored LaForte with the tying run.
With the bases still loaded, Alyssa Deptulski’s bunt single scored Amanda Mendillo for a 3- 2 lead. Courtney Olenski followed with a single to left to score a pair for a 5-2 Foran advantage.
“This win means a lot to us,” said Deptulski, who had two singles and a walk. “Today was a whole team win. We have been trying hard to get our energy back up. We proved we can do it.”
The Lions iced the game in the sixth with an insurance run when Olenski scored on an infield single by Caitlyn Parisi.
“We have been talking about our energy level a lot, and bringing it to the field,” Foran coach Stephanie Dawid said. “They went up first, but we used that energy we talked about and came right back. We were in that position because we worked hard.”
The rally by the Lions erased what was an early 2-0 lead by the Titans. After having runners on base in the first two innings and failing to score, Sheehan finally capitalized in the third when Meghan Murphy scored freshman Tea Martin with a single off Foran starter Makenna Prete.
The Titans extended the lead to 2-0 when Foran committed an error on a steal attempt.
Sheehan (5-7) had just one more scoring opportunity in the fifth inning, but failed to capitalize. Hunt tripled with one out, but Foran’s Prete got out of trouble by striking out Erin Dighello and getting Murphy on a grounder to Parisi at short.
“Errors definitely hurt us today,” Sheehan coach Sarah Wyant said. “We have to take that and learn from it. We could not get ourselves back in it. We need to keep chipping away.”
Prete went the distance for the Lions, allowing seven hits and striking out eight, while not walking a batter.
“She did a nice job,” Dawid said of Prete. “She has been working hard on where to pitch people and where to throw the ball.”
Sheehan pitcher Gabrielle Fiedler allowed seven hits, while walking three and striking out four. Seven different Titans reached safely with a base hit.