Stamford softball hands New Canaan first loss
Published 3:15 pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The feeling of the first loss of the season was still fresh in the minds of the Stamford High softball team.
The Black Knights, determined to get back on track, left New Canaan with same feeling in the pit of its stomach after knocking off the previously undefeated Rams 15-2 at Waveny Park on Monday. Stamford used a nine-run second inning and some stellar defense to dispatch the Rams, which now sit in second place behind St. Joseph in the Eastern Division. Stamford (6-1, 5-1 FCIAC) remains atop the Central Division.
Sophomore shortstop Krista Robustelli was at the center of nearly all the action for the Black Knights. Robustelli ignited Stamford's second-inning rally with a two-out, two-run single to right field. She then scored on Yanicky's two-run double to deep left.
Seven consecutive Black Knights reached base after two outs were recorded in the second inning, as Stamford jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The final blow of the frame was a three-run triple to left center from Angela Altamura. Chelsea Sciarretta and Tori Hynd each drove in a run in the second.
"We both hit the ball well. We just got key hits when we needed to," Yanicky said.
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The inning snowballed on New Canaan (6-1, 5-1 FCIAC), which now hopes to have its bad play out of its system.
"It's the ripple effect -- one error, one missed play, another error, another missed play," Rams head coach Danielle Simoneau said. "You like those innings to get out of the way, but not a nine run inning.
"You've got to learn from it. Thankfully it happened (Monday) and not in the FCIACs."
Robustelli was 3-for-5 off New Canaan pitcher Cydney Ventura, also reaching on an error. She drove in four runs and scored a pair.
While the sophomore shortstop was a handful at the plate, she was just as impressive in the field. Robustelli made a running catch on a bloop down the left-field line, stealing an extra base hit from Jordan Ventura to start off the bottom of the second. Robustelli's catch curbed a big inning before it started. The next batter, Lindsey Schmid tripled and scored on a double by Marlee Ready, pulling the Rams within 9-1.
"Starting the game off with hits brought the momentum up," Robustelli said of her defense.
Robustelli helped snuff out another New Canaan rally in the fifth when she barehanded the flip from Sciarretta at second to turn the 6-4-3 double play.
Stamford added two runs in the fifth on a two-run double from Robustelli.
New Canaan chipped away with a run in sixth on an RBI single from Schmid.
The Black Knights salted the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh, putting an early end to the game via the mercy rule. Nicole DeFosche's two-run single put the finishing touches on Stamford's offensive outburst.
Hynd also plated a run in the frame.
After taking her lumps in the second inning, Cydney Ventura rebounded to limit Stamford's production over the final five innings.
"Cydney's a trooper," Simoneau said. "There's only so much she can do. She goes pitch to pitch, batter to batter and she stays in there."
Stamford pitcher Taylor Zito went the distance, allowing just six hit and two runs while striking out a pair in picking up the win.