The Norwalk Athletic Association started a new softball season. Here is a recap of early-season games:
DIVISION 3 The East Avenue Pizza Shamrocks defeated the Flames 7-6 in their first game of the season. Janelle Lauttenbach pitched a solid complete game striking out 10. Jessica Coulter homered and tripled driving in three. Becky Stefanatos singled and doubled in a run and scored twice. Julia Yingling singled and scored twice while Natalie LaBella singled in a run and scored. Christine Nguyen scored the go ahead run for the 'Rocks. Kalaudia Auz, Taylor Chieffalo, Elizabeth Guillen, Kelly Hayde and Jessica Somma all played well for the Shamrocks.
The Law Offices of Matthew Brovender/ Anytime Appliance Rockets started the season with a win over the Intellisearch/Giglio Electric Warriors 5-2 behind the solid pitching of Ryan Lajoie, who struck out 16. Leading the offense was Nicole Bonanni with two hits, a steal and a run scored. Meghan LaRosa, Leslie Garcia and Lauren Roach each added base hits. Amy Alfson and Isabel Genovese supplied the power with big RBI singles. The first inning proved costly for the Warriors as they allowed the Rockets five runs and could not recover. Allison Hall and Leah Romano scored the only two runs off Rockets pitcher Ryan LaJoie.
The Intellisearch/Giglio Electric Warriors bounced back to defeat the East Ave Pizza Shamrocks 10-0. Amy Hurd led the way with a triple and single. Mallory Rochefort, Allison Hall, Chelsea Mayerick, Kasey Hogan and Leah Romano all chipped in with hits. For the Shamrocks, Becky Stefanatos doubled twice, Jess Coulter singled twice and Julia Yingling added a single. The Intellisearch/Giglio Electric Warriors marched on with an 11-1 victory over the Flames. Nicole Chandler and Kasey Hogan combined to pitch a four hitter for the Warriors. Offensively, Amy Hurd had a triple and home run, Chandler helped her cause with a double and single, while Ashley Pascarelli, Rachel Kurtzman, Jasleen Aroyo and Natalie Barzyk all added hits and runs scored.
The Law Offices of Matthew Brovender/ Anytime Appliance Rockets defeated the East Avenue Pizza Shamrocks 5-2, led by Chelsey Martylewski, who ripped an RBI single. Victoria Harriott, Lauren Roach and Isabel Genovese each slapped base hits. Winning pitcher Ryan Lajoie added an RBI single. Behind the plate, catcher Leah Rudolf played solid defense and the speedy Deanna Vivirito stole home. For the Shamrocks, Becky Stefanatos singled and scored, Natalie LaBella singled, and Ariana Kassimis also scored. Janelle Lautenbach pitched well for the 'Rocks, striking out 5 in 4 innings work.
The Anytime Appliance/The Law Offices of Matthew Brovender Rockets picked up a win over the Flames. Starting pitcher Isabel Genovese earned the win, pitching a complete game and striking out 6. Genovese also had 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Jenna Thomas, Leah Rudolf, Victoria Harriott, Amy Alfson, Meghan LaRosa, Lauren Roach and Nicole Bonanni all had base hits and scored runs. Ryan Lajoie added 3 hits and 5 RBIs, including a triple.
DIVISION 2 The F.M. Bonaddio Construction Slammers rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie their game 8-8 against the Stampede. The Slammer offense was led by Stephanie Mangels, Rachel Dwyer and Alison Rescigno. Rachel Dwyer also had an impressive catch at second base, preventing the Stampede from taking the lead. Pitching performances by Annalise Icatar and Mackenzie Lowden were both solid. The Norwalk PAL Cougars started their season with a win over the Angela Mia Bakery Cubs 8-0. Mariah Ventrella was the winning pitcher, striking out 13 and allowing only one hit. Summer Stamp and Ayhana Santella led the offense. Mackenzie Stamp had an excellent game behind the plate, including throwing out two base runners attempting to steal.
The Norwalk PAL Cougars went on to defeat the Angela Mia Bakery Cubs, 9-1. Dina DiBlasio and Mariah Ventrella combined for the victory on the mound. The offense was led by Ventrella, who had a home run, Sarah O'Conner, who had a triple, and Gabby Arena and Jessica Giglio, who had RBI singles.
The Norwalk PAL Cougars defeated the Laurel Athletic Club Dolphins 11-1. Mackenzie Stamp's first-inning triple with the bases loaded jump-started the Cougar's third straight win. Sophia Valiante, Jessica Otto and Jillian Howe all had base hits to help the Cougars to their third straight victory.
The Batter's Box Wildcats vs. The Strawberry Hill Animal Hospital Saints: Dori Bartush and Mia Lanzurotto pitched a great game, with 9 strikeouts. At the plate, Tina Boyian, Grace Potochney, Shea Balducci, Jen Garcia, Dori Bartush, Sam Pierre and Mia Lanzurotto all had hits for the Wildcats.
For the Saints, Michelle Menard, Noelle Ragusa and Faith Vuoso paced the offense with key base hits, while Julia Breen and Jordan Hogan led the defense with putouts in the field. Pitchers Riley Page and Cathy Colmenares combined to strike out 10 batters.
The Strawberry Hill Animal Hospital Saints vs. The Oilers: Noelle Ragusa and Riley Page had two hits each and Jordan Hogan, Margaret O'Connor and Isabella Vuoso each added a hit to lead the traveling Saints against the Oilers. Jolie Lubin and Carlie LaRochelle made key plays in the field. Cathy Colmenares ended the game by making both putouts in a double play. The Batter's Box Wildcats vs. The Rex Marina Bears: The Wildcats were hot at the plate, with hits from Sam Pierre, Tina Boyian, Dori Bartush, Grace Potochney, Jen Garcia, Erica Gigilo, Lila Young, Jackie Tessier and Marion Yingling. Dori Bartush, Tina Boyian, Grace Potochney and Mia Lanzurotto combined on the mound for 10 Ks. The Batter's Box Wildcats vs. The Zoto's International Sting: Pitching for the Wildcats were Tina Boyian, Mia Lanzurotto and Grace Potochney, who combined for 9 Ks. Tina Boyian, Grace Potochney, Lila Young, Shea Balducci, Jen Garcia, Mia Lanzurotto and Marion Yingling all had hits. Carly DeMichael and Marion Yingling had a great defensive game, with unbelievable catches in the field.
The New England Oil Hawks vs. Untouchables: Defensive stars for the Hawks were Katie DiJoseph, Sophia Lindsay and Madeline Scharf. Jenna Limone had 1 hit and scored a run and Emily Pinto had a hit.
The New England Oil Hawks vs. Puma's: Hitting stars for the Hawks were Sharon Fernandez with 2 hits, Emily Pinto and Emily Pollard with 1 hit. Defensively Brynn Speilman, Kimberly Thorme and Emily Faroni had good games. The New England Oil Hawks vs. The Strawberry Hill Animal Hospital Saints: Defensive stars for the Hawks were Katie DiJoseph, Sophia Lindsay and Madeline Scharf. Jenna Limone had 1 hit and scored a run and Emily Pinto had a hit. Jessica Parker, Faith Vuoso and Noelle Ragusa had two RBIs apiece to pace the Saints, who also got run-scoring hits and walks from Riley Page, Isabella Vuoso, Jolie Lubin, Esabella Troisi and Carlie LaRochelle. Page pitched the entire game, striking out 9 batters.
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