New Canaan softball tops Greenwich
GREENWICH — Talk about instant offense.
In the first inning of its first game the New Canaan softball team erupted for five runs and went on to defeat Greenwich 15-3 here Friday.
The Rams had been rained out three times before Friday and were itching to get on the field, which showed immediately.
“It’s huge,” New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said of getting out on the field in game action. “Practicing is good, but being able to practice and then executing it is huge, and they did that. And once they realized, ‘Oh, we can do this’ they let their ability do the rest.”
Molly Rochlin got the scoring started with a two-run single, then Bridget Cleary followed suit two batters later and Eliza Haney capped the first inning scoring a batter later with a single.
“I think it was huge to bust out with a few runs so Gill (Kane) could settle down and pitch her game,” Simoneau said. “And defensively they were playing well.”
Kane went the distance in the circle, allowing only two earned runs and striking out three. Kane also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs as the leadoff hitter for the Rams.
After the first, Rochlin just kept hitting for New Canaan, finishing the game a stellar 3-for-3 with six runs driven in.
“Molly rocked it today,” Simoneau said. “She is a prime example that if you work hard in the offseason it’ll pay off in the regular season — she busted her butt this offseason.”
For Greenwich, defense was an issue — as it has been to start the young season. Down 5-1 in the third, a couple errors allowed New Canaan to double its run total and put the game completely out of reach.
“We just made way too many mistakes today,” Greenwich coach Mary Beth Fratello said. “We must have had like 10 errors. We are not winning games with 10 errors. We had a lot the first game and we did it again today; it was just not a good performance.”
Luckily for Fratello and the Cardinals, there is still a long way to go this season.
“We have to work on trying to be mistake free,” Fratello said of adjustments going forward. “We have to hit with people on base and produce runs and we have to cut down on those errors.”
The season is young and so is New Canaan — freshmen Kara Fahey (two runs) and Cleary (two runs, two RBIs) are contributing already for a team that doesn’t have a single senior on the roster.
“It’s a pleasure to have the freshmen,” Simoneau said. “They’re a great group of girls and they contribute, which is all we can ask for.”
NEW CANAAN 15, GREENWICH 3
NEW CANAAN 505 311 x—15
GREENWICH 100 020 x—3
Highlights: NC—Gillian Kane went 3-4 with three RBIs and pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs. Molly Rochlin went 3-3 and drove in six runs. G—Freshman Emma Beinstein went 2-3 and had an RBI.