New Canaan softball tops Stamford
NEW CANAAN — After a bad loss Saturday New Canaan couldn’t wait to get back out on the field.
Led by catcher Molly Keshin and her four RBIs the Rams defeated Stamford 10-4 Monday afternoon at Waveny Park in New Haven.
The win was the first time the Rams (2-1) have defeated Stamford (0-3) since 2013.
“Huge bounce-back, this is the way I know they can play,” New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said. “Saturday I don’t know who was out there, take nothing away from New Milford (which defeated the Rams 19-1), they hit the snot out of the ball but this is the way I’m hoping New Canaan stays.”
Keshin started the top of the first by throwing out two Stamford baserunners and set the tone in the bottom half with a two-run triple.
“It was huge for her and huge for the team to see her do that,” Simoneau said. “Overall they all played well.”
Stamford had its opportunities, specifically after drawing walks, but left far too many runners on base.
“When you have 12 people walk eventually you have to get a hit and we couldn’t come through with a big hit today,” Stamford coach Anthony Esposito said. “My hat goes off to New Canaan, they played a great game, the pitcher battled no matter what happened — with runners on, she got out of the inning.”
New Canaan’s Gillian Kane struck out five batters to her 12 walks and only allowed two earned runs in the contest.
Early in the season the Rams’ success has been contingent on how quickly they can get their offense started.
“It all depends on how they start,” Simoneau said. “Meaning when they come to the field it’s our goal to keep them relaxed and cool and calm — today we put a little fire under their heinie and I think it worked.”
New Canaan blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth when Molly Rochlin drilled a bases loaded triple to left field. Rochlin finished the game with four RBIs.
For the Knights, who are the FCIAC runners-up from a year ago, a little fire is exactly what they need to get over the early hump.
“Right now we have to do everything better,” Esposito said. “We have to hit better, pitch better run the bases better; this isn’t last year this is a new year and we have to wake up and start playing some ball.”
NEW CANAAN 10, STAMFORD 4
STAMFORD 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 — 4
NEW CANAAN 3 0 3 0 0 4 X — 10
Records: Stamford 0-3; New Canaan 2-1.
Batteries: S—Sara Staley (L, 6) and Kyra Yacavone; NC—Gillian Kane (W, 7) and Molly Keshin.
Highlights: S—Lauren O’Neill drove in a run, scored a run and walked. NC—Molly Keshin hit a two-run triple and drove in four. Molly Rochlin hit a bases-clearing triple in the sixth.