Connect Computer wins Rose title
Connect Computer captured its third straight Tim Rose Memorial City of Milford Women’s Tournament Division softball championship with a come-from-behind 12-7 victory over Milford Markets Shop Rite at Washington Field on Aug. 28.
CC’s best scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then let their defense determine the outcome in their favor for the fourth time this season in the match up between the top two seeds.
Kate McClelland had taken some jabs from Connect Computer teammates in the fourth when she fielded Amy Peterson’s grounder to first, and with the bag only a few steps away, went to shortstop Melissa Mezzanotte covering second base to get the inning-ending force out.
It proved to be a foreshadowing of a must-have double play two innings later.
MMSR’s Jill Battaglia reached base in the top of the sixth inning with a hard single to left-center before McClelland put the rally, and the end result, to bed with a perfectly started and turned 3-6-3 double play.
Defense was the difference, as CC took advantage of extra at-bats to take the lead in the fifth.
McClelland opened rally with a single past a diving Jeanne Hoggatt at shortstop.
Sara Laudano reached on an infield error, and with one out, Peterson chose to intentionally walk K.C. Budrewicz for the second of three times in the contest.
Joann DeNault made the strategy hurt with a run-scoring walk, and CC tied the game on Becky Carlin’s fielder’s choice ground out.
After another error, Jeannie Willinsky slugged a two-run single to right to give Connect Computer a 9-7 lead.
It was 10-7 after Milford Markets Shop Rite’s third error of the frame, before Peterson notched an inning-ending strikeout.
CC tacked on two runs in the sixth on singles by Lynn Souza and Sue Merz, an intentional walk to Budrewicz, and a misplayed grounder off the bat of DeNault.
Lauren Magaraci set Milford Markets Shop Rite down in order in the seventh.
MMSR, which had advanced to the final with a 21-3 win over third-seeded King’s Court, scored four runs in the top of the first inning.
Amanda Sebas walked and Peterson, Kristen Hunt and Hoggatt singled for a 2-0 lead.
Laurie Piroh lined a one-out single to center to double the advantage.
CC stormed back with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first, as Budrewicz doubled home McClelland and Laudano who had hit singles.
DeNault’s sacrifice fly made it 4-3.
Milford Markets Shop Rite increased its lead to 7-3 in the second.
After Gillian Gallagher reached on an error and Sue DiBiase walked with one out, Sebas knocked in a run with a single.
Peterson upped the margin to 6-3 with a base hit and Hunt delivered another RBI single.
Hoggatt singled to load the bases, but Magaraci left the bags full with a pop up and a strike out.
Kelley Garofalo at first base and Hunt at third made fine plays to keep CC off the board in the second.
Carlin in left field made a running catch in left and Willinsky behind the plate came up the first base line to make a catch on a foul pop in the MMSR third.
Connect Computer had gained the final with a 13-10 victory over fifth-seeded Advanced Home Audio/OAH, which had defeated fourth-seeded Keep It Clean 10-4 in the first round.
Team members for Connect Computer are Krissy Bayer, Tina Slie, Daisha Rivera, Lynn Souza, Kate McClelland, Sara Laudino, Joann DeNault, KC Budrewicz, Melissa Mezzanotte, Becky Carlin, Sue Merz, Keara Langston, Laura Magaraci and Jeannie Willinsky.
Leading Milford Markets Shop Rite were Barbra Held, Sam Hathaway, Rachel Foster, Gillian Gallagher, Amanda Sebas, Laurie Piroh, Kristen Hunt, Amy Peterson, Jeanne Hoggatt, Jill Cable, Jill Battaglia, Kelley Garafolo and Sue DiBiase.