Softball: Law rallies past Naugy in Class L

Jonathan Law scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, erasing a 5-2 deficit en route to a 7-5 win over Naugatuck High in the first round of the Class L state tournament.

Freshman Kacy O'Connor provided the game-winning hit, a pinch-hit, two-out single that drove in the go-ahead runs. Fellow freshman Skyler Bender had the other big hit in the inning, lining a run-scoring single off of the glove of Naugy pitcher Jenna Miller to tie the game at 5.

Prior to the decisive sixth inning, coach Melanie Paolini's No. 16 seed Eagles (12-9) had managed just four hits off of Miller. Amanda Leone (three hits) singled in Erin Saley in the bottom of the first, before Leone's solo home run made it 5-2 Naugatuck in the bottom of the fourth.

In the sixth, Gege Romero led off with a single, before Saley bunted her over for Leone, who lashed an RBI single to left field. Madison Murphy, Justine Bannon and Bender followed with singles, before Anna Lynch's flyout moved Bannon and Bender into scoring position. O'Connor then hammered a pitch off the fence in center field to give Law the 7-5 cushion.

Law's Aubrey Bepko made the lead stand up in the circle in the top of the seventh, allowing just a one-out single to Shannon Searles. Before that, Bepko retired 11 in a row after 17th-seeded Naugatuck (11-10) pushed across four runs in the third — three coming on Searles' towering three-run home run to right-center field.

With the tying run at the plate, Bepko got a fielder's choice grounder and flyball to left field to secure the victory for Law, which advanced to face top-seeded Fitch High of Groton (19-0) on Thursday.

Fitch, the defending Class L champion, had a first-round bye. First pitch is 4 p.m.