STAMFORD -- It was 41 degrees at game time for Thursday afternoon's softball tilt between New Canaan and Stamford, creating tough conditions, especially for the first game in the season.

Stamford however, didn't get the memo.

The Black Knights scored in every inning en route to a 12-2 run-rule shortened game to claim a win in their home, and season, opener.

"I was glad to see the kids put the bat on the ball," Stamford coach Tony Esposito said. "I'm proud of them, It's been cold throughout the scrimmages maybe we were used to it, I don't know, but they had very effective at bats."

Stamford wasted no time getting on the board as center fielder Lauren O'Neill lead off the home half of the first with a triple and later scored the first run on an error off a groundball to short by Kelly DiPietro. The inning would eventually net three runs for Stamford.

The Knights added four more in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth on 10 total hits, including a home run over the left field fence by No. 9 hitter Victoria Cuscuna. Stamford didn't bat in the bottom of the fifth as the game was ended under the mercy rule.

In the circle for Stamford was sophomore Sara Staley, who gave up just three hits on the afternoon.

"Sara did an amazing job," said senior first baseman Brianna Arias, who had a pair of two run singles in the win. "She really gained her confidence so now she knows she can do it against any team."

On the New Canaan bench coach Danielle Simoneau is just happy to have the first game jitters out of the way, and knows the season can only improve from here.

The Rams couldn't get much going offensively ,but their biggest flaw came on the defensive end were they committed seven errors. Pitcher Jamie Schlim did all she could to limit the damage, striking out seven and stranding 10 runners on base.

"Jamie did well, I can't take anything away from her," Simoneau said. "That was a very good outing from her coming off last year, she was hitting her spots, she had complete control over where she was throwing the ball; unfortunately if you give Stamford one extra out they're going to make you pay, if you give them 10 to 15, that's what the score looks like."

Simoneau and the Rams can at least take solace in the fact Thursday was Game 1 of a long season, and the coach doesn't want the performance to linger in the mind of her players.

"The minute they walk up the steps and down the ramp they have to leave it here," Simoneau said. "Learn, live and move on."

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Stamford 12, New Canaan 2

NEW CANAAN 0 0 2 0 0--2 3 7

STAMFORD 3 4 3 2 X--12 10 1

Records: New Canaan 0-1, Stamford 1-0. Batteries: NC--Jamie Schlim (0-1) and Molly Keshin; S--Sara Staley (1-0) and Victoria Cuscuna. Highlights: NC--Jamie Schlim struck out seven batters and hit a two run double. S--Brianna Arias went 2-4 with 4 RBI's and Victoria Cuscuna hit a solo home run in the win.