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To win your first four softball games of a season, a team must be able to hit the ball, hit with power, defend their positions and have a pitcher that can put them in position to be successful.

Those terms describe coach Stephanie Dawid’s Foran High Lions, who moved to 4-0 with a 9-6 victory over North Haven on Monday.

Foran collected 13 hits, including a pair of solo home runs, played error-free ball while building a 9-1 lead, and freshman pitcher MaKenna Prete did her job in the circle against the Indians (3-3).

“I’m incredibly proud of my team,” Dawid said. “We practice breaking down pieces of the game, so that we are ready (for any situation). It is coming together and we are excited for all of it.”

Foran’s outfield of senior captain Natalia Hart in center and sophomores Alyssa Deptula in left and Kalie Mendola in right cover a lot of ground.

Amanda Mendillo, a three-year starter, is at shortstop. Junior Hannah DeSousa plays first base, junior Caitlyn Parisi is at second and senior captain Brittany Baker plays third.

Senior captain Kayla Gosselin is at catcher. Sophomore Alexis James is the designated hitter. Courtney Olenski is the Lions’ top pinch runner.

“I liked the way my team battled every inning; every run mattered,” Dawid said. “They stayed settled, which was important because North Haven never gave up.”

The Lions scored a run in the first and three in the second to lead 4-0.

Hart and DeSousa had singles in the first inning.

Mendola reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt and Parisi ripped a single off North Haven pitcher Ava Mattei’s glove to start the fourth.

Mendillo drilled a two-run single to left center field and scored on Gosselin’s sacrifice fly.

Baker added a single and Hart doubled in the third, but both were stranded.

Mendillo opened the fourth inning with a no-doubt-about-it home run to take the score to 5-0.

North Haven threatened with an inning-opening double in the home fourth, but Hart threw out the runner trying to score on a single to center.

The Indians got on the board in the fifth, but Prete left two runners in scoring position by getting the last two outs in the frame.

DeSousa hammered a home run with two out in the sixth for a 6-1 lead.

Hart and Mendillo added RBIs during a three-run seventh. Deptula and Shannon Sanders had set the table with singles.

The Indians used an infield hit, Foran’s only error, followed by five straight hits to close the deficit to 9-6. Mendillo, at shortstop, got the second out on a force play and Hart caught a fly ball to center to strand two runners.

Foran will host Guilford Friday, Hillhouse Monday and Jonathan Law Wednesday. First pitch for all the contests is 3:45.

Roundup

Foran defeated Wilbur Cross, 19-0. Caitlyn Parisi threw a one-hitter at the Governors, striking out eight. Natalia Hart went 4-for-4, including a double and a triple. Hannah DeSousa was 3-for-3 with two doubles. Hailey LaForte had a single, a double and two walks.


Foran shortstop Amanda Mendillo is waiting to tag North Haven's Ari DelVecchio on a delayed steal attempt. — Bill Bloxsom photo