Lions bounce back versus Hornets
After suffering a 2-1 season-opening loss to visiting East Haven High, the Foran High softball team took the field on Saturday morning looking to break through against Branford High.
Behind a two-hit shutout from junior ace Jessica Harkness, the host Lions put their first check in the win column by blanking the Hornets 3-0 in an Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision matchup.
Harkness struck out 13 batters, walked two and allowed just a pair of singles.
“Jess pitched a heck of a game,” Foran coach Jeff Bevino said.
However, Bevino wanted to see a crisper effort from his squad, which managed just five hits — including one over the final three innings.
“I’m just not happy with the effort,” Bevino said. “I told them they are outthinking themselves. They’ve got to relax and they’ve got to play.”
In the bottom of the first inning the Lions struck for the game’s first run, providing Harkness with all of the run support she needed.
Ashley Mendillo lashed a one-out double to the alley in center field, then scored on Gina Georgetti’s RBI groundout two batters later.
Kelsey Austin led off the second inning with a single back through the middle for the Hornets, but Harkness stranded her at second by recording a pair of strikeouts and a dribbler back to the circle.
Jenna Zacarelli kicked off the home half of the frame by singling off of Branford’s Megan Ferraro.
After Susan Anthony grounded out and Amanda Portoff drew a walk, Kayla Gosselin lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to increase Foran’s lead to 2-0.
Foran’s final run came in the bottom of the third.
With two outs, Georgetti singled to center and scored when Rebekah DeRosa tripled to right-center field.
The Lions managed one hit the rest of the way, a one-out single by DeRosa in the bottom of the sixth.
But, Harkness kept the Hornets at bay, with Aliza Danker’s line-drive single in the top of the seventh that tipped off of Zacarelli’s glove at third base accounting for Branford’s second and final base hit.
“A win is a win,” Bevino said. “I’ll take that every single time... I just think we can play a lot better. And we will.”
Foran went on to defeat Hamden High, 15-0, on Monday afternoon to improve to 2-1.
Dani Kemp tripled and scored on Mendillo’s sacrifice fly for the Lions in the first inning in their loss to East Haven.
Marissa Bruno slugged four hits, including the 100th of her career, to help Foran to a 15-0 victory over Hamden on Monday.
Bruno had two doubles and drove in two runs to pace an 18-hit attack against the Green Dragons.
Georgetti had two doubles, a single and drove in two runs.
Fallon Bevino had two hits and drove in four runs.
Zacarelli has a single and a double, Bryzy Gonski had a triple, and DeRosa had a single, a double, and three RBIs.
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