Law softball team putting game together
With Erin Harrigan, the Jonathan Law softball team has a pitch-to-contact thrower in the circle. The sophomore’s ability to entice ground-ball outs is contingent on a strong infield defense. It is imperative that coach Melanie Blude’s Eagles make the plays, if not it compounds the impact of putting the ball in play by strong hitting teams.
“I’m happy with the way we played today,” Blude said after Law dropped a 10-5 decision to East Haven on Friday. “We had a couple of errors we don’t normally make, but we swung the bats well.”
With young players meshing with a trio of veterans, Blude is counting on time being on her team’s side. Erin Saley in center field, Gege Romero at second base and Megan Smith in left field are senior captains.
“It seems like the season has been going on forever,” she said of the quick-starting, but rainout sodden campaign. “It’s only been four games. Our defense is going to come together. Erin moves the ball around and hits spots to force those ground balls.”
A right-hander, Harrigan pitches to sophomore catcher Skylar Bender.
Freshman Cali Jolley is at shortstop, classmate Gina Boccamazzo is at third base and junior Maddie Murphy is at first.
Freshman Ally Stein is in right field. Sophomore Kacy O’Connor is the designated player, with junior Isabella Rolden and freshman Pam Ellison coming off the bench.
The Eagles rallied from a 6-0 deficit, with four of the runs unearned, to draw within 7-5 before the Easties closed out their sixth consecutive win to open the season.
Jolley drove home Saley, who had opened the home third with a single, to make it 4-1.
East Haven put five hits together to plate three in the fourth. Winning pitcher Laura Anderson knocked in two runs and Kara Hanson had the other RBI.
Law answered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
Bender hit a first-pitch double to the base of the fence in left field to open the inning.
She scored when Boccamazzo’s grounder was misplayed. O’Connor singled her home.
Saley bunted her way on base, and then intentionally got caught in a rundown that ended with an Eastie error. O’Connor scored on the play.
Stein singled and Smith bunted Stein to second.
The Eastie’s Alyssa Barcomb then saved two runs with a lunging dive on Romero’s sinking liner to left.
Law took another run off the deficit in the fifth.
Murphy spoiled three two-strike pitches before driving a base hit up the alley.
Anderson put the next two batters in the book, before O’Connor delivered a clutch two-out RBI single.
East Haven scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to wrap up the scoring.
Law saved a run in the second when Saley’s throw from center on Julia SanGiovanni single was cut off by Murphy at first, who threw a strike to erase Bianca Pappacoda trying to score for the third out.
Law defeated previously unbeaten Hale Ray, 8-4, in Moodus on Saturday.
The Eagles (1-4) had 10 hits on the day and scored three runs in the first inning. They led 4-0 after two and added four runs in the fifth. The Little Noises (5-1) scored a run in the third and three in the sixth.
Smith was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Boccamazzo was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. O'Connor had two doubles and two RBIs. Harrigan pitched a five-hitter to get the victory.