Darien defeats Staples via mercy rule by scoring 12 runs in second inning
DARIEN -- The Darien softball team rode a monstrous second inning to a 12-0 mercy rule victory in four and a half innings over visiting Staples. The Blue Wave scored all 12 of their runs in the second frame, which was highlighted by a Brittany Osborn three-run homer over the scoreboard in left field.
"I just turned my hip and got a nice swing. On my first home run ever I didn't know (it would go out), but this time I knew," Osborn said. "I feel like we just feed off each other. There's one hit and then everyone wants to get a hit and there's just energy and momentum. Once one girl gets on base, we're going to keep going."
Darien's 12-run second inning started innocently enough on an infield single by Julia Domiziano. Consecutive singles by Osborn and Alexandra Aparicio loaded the bases and Osherow drew a walk to give Darien a 1-0 lead. DeMaio followed with a bases clearing double to increase the lead to 4-0.
After the double, Kelly Fahey singled, Emma Hamilton tripled, Domiziano walked, Osborn hit her three-run shot, Aparicio walked, Osherow singled, DeMaio hit a sacrifice fly and Courtney Bell doubled. Darien (8-2) nearly batted around twice, sending 17 batters to the plate before Staples could finally get out of the inning. On the plus side, the Wreckers committed just one error on the day.
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"We've kind of had this thing where we have one inning where we get rocked. We've got to somehow find a way to be more mentally tough to stay in the games," Staples coach Sara Holland said. "We had some great plays though. Crissy McCarthy, our centerfielder, made some incredible plays out there."
Eight of Darien's starting nine registered at least one hit, which also included Olivia Gozdz who went 2-for-4 with a double.
In the top of the first inning, DeMaio permitted a leadoff single by Staples' Nikki Bukovsky, but she was the only base runner DeMaio would allow on the day. In her three innings of work, DeMaio retired nine of 10 batters while striking out four.
DeMaio was relieved by Osherow who tossed a pair of scoreless innings before the mercy rule. In her two frames, Osherow retired six of seven batters by striking out three and walking one.
For Staples, pitching duties were handled by Bukovsky and Morgan DiDonato. DiDonato replaced Bukovsky in the second inning and did not allow a run in the third and fourth innings.
Darien also played a very clean game in the field and did not commit an error on the day.
"Our coach always talks about jumping out and getting the lead early, and hitting is contagious so we just sort of rolled off one another once we got our feet under us," Bell said. "Fielding has always been one of our stronger aspects. We work on it a lot in practice and we know that defense is key."
Darien is back in action tonight when it plays host to Danbury at 4 p.m. Next up for Staples (4-6) is a home game against St. Joseph tonight at 7 p.m.