Lauralton Hall bats come alive

After dropping a pair of close decisions to open the season, coach Amanda Acampora’s Lauralton Hall softball team outscored its next two opponents 29-1.

The Crusaders, who lost to St. Joseph of Trumbull, 3-2 in extra innings, in their first game, fell victim to one big inning by Seymour High in a 5-3 loss to the Wildcats on April 10.

Acampora proved to be prophetic when she said after the Seymour game:

“I am very optimistic about this team. We are off to a slow start. The hitting is in a slump. When you put runs on the board, it becomes contagious.”

Lauralton traveled to Southbury on Saturday and defeated Pomperaug High 17-1. The Crusaders followed this up with a 12-0 road win over Bethel High on Monday.

In the loss to Seymour, the Crusaders took a 1-0 lead on Jackie Brewster’s first-inning home run. They made it 3-0 in the third.

Kaitlyn Mingione’s fly ball to right fell in to put her on first and the Crusaders showed off their short game, with Maureen Connolly and Alexa Dawid bunting their way on base.

Brewster fought off some tough pitches by the Wildcats’ Raeanne Geffert before she singled to left for a 2-0 lead.

Lindsey Spitz drove in the third run with a base hit.

Seymour scored all its runs in the fourth inning on four hits and a walk.

Cassie Rossetti slugged a two-run double to key the rally.

Geffert reached on an error with one out in the fifth and Cassie Tilton singled to center, but Miessau got out of the jam.

David in center and Christianna Cottrell at second base denied the Wildcats’ Rossetti and Caitlyn O’Hara of bases hits in the fifth.

Brewster started a 6-4-3 double play turned by Cottrell to erase Laura Dieckman, who had reached on an error in the top of the seventh.

Haley Congdon singled in the fourth and Lauralton threatened again in the fifth.

Dawid singled to left field to lead off the frame and Brewster bunted her way on base, but after Spitz flied out to center, Seymour catcher Amanda Harkins made a fine play on Cottrell’s bunt in front of the plate for the second out. A strikeout ended the inning.

In the loss to St. Joseph, the Crusaders were led by Connolly, who had two of its four hits and scored a run.

Lauralton will visit Masuk High in Monroe today at 4.