Connect Computer hoists Tim Rose title
Connect Computer took a 9-8 lead in the top of the seventh inning, and then stranded a pair of baserunners in the bottom of the frame to earn the Tim Rose Memorial women’s softball city championship over King’s Court at Washington Field on Aug. 20.
Third-seeded Connect Computer defeated second-seeded Milford Markets Shot Rite, 4-2, in the semifinals.
King’s Court, the top seed, defeated Advanced Home Audio 10-6 after the four seed had topped fifth-seeded Keep it Clean 11-2 in the opening round.
In the title game, Connect Computer took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Sara Laudano and Daisha Rivera had singles to set the stage for Melissa Mezzanotte, who had an RBI hit to Lorien Chambvich in left field, who threw Rivera out trying to score with Briana Kleckner making the tag.
Ali Hudyma followed with an run-scoring single.
King’s Court took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Kleckner started the rally with a double and Lisa Buccieri walked off right-handed pitcher Laura Magaraci.
Hudyma threw Kristen Lugovich out on her grounder to second base, but Kleckner raced home on Kristen Fiengo’s hot shot groundout to Jess Rickel at third.
Sue Shannon slammed a two-run single to gain the 3-2 lead, before Magaraci knocked down Steph Dawid’s liner up the middle and got the ball to Katie McClelland at first to retire the side.
Slie had a one-out single in the second inning, but King’s Court right-center fielder Sarah Rodrigues got a force out at second on Magaraci’s liner.
Connect Computer tied the game at 3 in the third with the aid of consecutive outfield errors.
King’s Court regained the advantage with a run in the home third.
Tina Colon and Kleckner opened with singles, before Tina Slie at third base and Lee Ann Howard in right took care of the next two batters.
Fiengo saved the rally with an RBI single to left.
Each team stranded two runners apiece in the fourth, with Howard and Heft reaching for Connect Computer and Carrie Potter and Linda Goodman getting on base for King’s Court.
The home team expanded its lead with a four-run fifth inning, when the Court’s Lugovich capped the frame with a bases-loaded triple to right-center field.
That plated Amanda Parshley, Colon and Klenckner, who had singled. Lugovich scored on Fiengo’s sacrifice fly.
Chasing an 8-3 deficit, Connect Computer drew four runs back in the top of the sixth inning.
Howard singled, after King’s Court’s Chambvich threw Rickel out attempting to stretch an inning-opening single into a double.
Slie singled and Magaraci walked to load the bases, before Lugovich put the second out in the book on a foul ball/strikeout.
Laudano’s single into the hole at shortstop brought in a run, Slie slid home safely on an infield error, and it was 8-7 after McClelland reached on a hit to right field.
Magaraci set King’s Court down in order in the bottom of the sixth, and Connect Computer came to bat needing a run to extend the game.
Hudyma and Rickel had one-out singles, before Lugovich put the second out in the book. Slie saved the day for Connect Computer with a clutch-two-run double.
King’s Court received consecutive singles from Rodrigues and Pashley to start the bottom of the seventh, but Magaraci retired the next three batters, including a great pitch for the last out.