Softball: Law defeats Naugy, advances to semifinals

The 13th-seeded Jonathan Law High softball team scored single runs in the first, second and third innings, then tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh for a 5-2 CIAC Class L quarterfinal win over host Naugatuck High on Friday night.

With the victory, coach Melanie Blude’s Lady Lawmen advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since the 1988 season. Law, with Michelle Chartier the coach, won its one and only state softball title in 1980.

The Lady Lawmen (15-8) will take on top-seed Masuk High (23-0) in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Tuesday at West Haven High.

Senior first baseman Skyler Bender's double to right-center scored Cali Jolley and Kacy O'Connor in the seventh, boosting Law's lead to 5-2.

Freshman pitcher Brianna Buccitti struck out two batters and started the game's final out when she fielded a ground ball hit by the Greyhounds' Julia Pelliccia and threw her out at first. Naugatuck had runners on second and third at the time.

Buccitti recorded her 14th win by pitching a six-hitter with five strikeouts. She didn't allow a walk. Buccitti also drove in a run with a single in the second.

Bender had two of her team's five extra-base hits while Jolley and Gina Boccamazzo also had two hits apiece.

"This is a very relaxed and confident group of kids," said Blude, who in 14 years has played Naugatuck three times in tournament play, winning the last two. "There were times when I was nervous tonight, but our players kept their cool. We got great games out of everyone. Skyler gave us a huge hit in the seventh. She did it with two strikes on her. She just sat back and ripped that pitch.”

Naugatuck finished its season with a 15-8 record.