Blue Wave topple Wreckers for fourth consecutive win
WESTPORT -- The Darien softball team swings lethal bats.
Darien proved it Monday by roping it to many directions in a 9-3 victory at Staples. The Blue Wave raised their record to 7-1. Staples dropped to 6-3.
"Staples is a very good team and a tough team," Darien coach Nick DeMaio said. "Offensively, we kept the pressure on them and didn't let them come back on us. Our defense got the job done."
Wrecker senior rightie Sam Saccomano deserved a better fate. Saccomano struck out eight and walked while allowing nine runs on 10 hits. Five of the runs were technically earned but the Blue Wave scored a couple of runs off of mental errors, which were technically hits, but if Staples played sound defense, Darien may have not scored some of those runs.
"I felt my pitcher did a good job today," Staples coach Mark Giordano said. "You can't give a team like Darien extra outs."
The Blue Wave scored three runs on only one hit in the top of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. They were helped when Wrecker senior quad-captain shortstop Alex Masiello booted junior Emily Blosio's ground ball. Senior captain Nicole Buch walked and junior assistant captain Jess DeMaio (coach's niece) followed by slamming a two-run double to center field.
"I really like hitting with runners on base and I like hitting under pressure," Jess DeMaio said. "I don't know what it was, I just hit it."
In the first three innings, the Wreckers had their chances but they left six runners on base in the first three frames. Senior quad-captain Catherine Lomanto hit a one-out single in the second and moved to second when senior quad-captain Sabrina Friend walked. However, The rightie DeMaio struck out junior Heather Rosoff looking and induced Senia to ground out to second base.
Staples did score three runs in the bottom of the third to tie it 3-3. Masiello doubled home senior quad-captain Caitlin Kane, who walked. After DeMaio hit sophomore Shannon Connors with a pitch, Saccomano singled in a run to make it 3-2. Lomanto and Friend then hit back-to-back blooper singles with Friend's hit tying the game, 3-3.
However, the bases were still loaded and remained as such after DeMaio struck out Rosoff looking and induced to ground out to second base.
"We need to get production from the bottom of the order," Giordano said. "Our No. 8 and 9 hitters are not getting it done."
Sophomore third baseman Nikki Bukovsky was in a charitable mood in the fourth inning. With one out in the top of the inning, Bukovsky dropped a routine flyball by sophomore Brittany Osborne. Osborne scored on Buch's (1-3, two walks) double to left field.
"I saw the left fielder shade over a little and used my arm to hit it that way," Buch said.
In the bottom of the inning, Bukovsky (2-3) led off with a single to center. However, she gets caught stealing to kill a potential rally with the catcher Gogdz making a perfect throw to Buch at shortstop, who applied the tag for the out. Masiello (2-4) had a two-out single, which compounded the pain because it would have made it runners on first and third with one out instead of a runner on first with two out.
"It was supposed to be a hit-and-run," Giordano said. "I would not steal on their catcher."
Darien scored twice in the fifth. Gogdz (2-3) led off the inning by smashing a triple to right and scored junior assistant captain Kelly Faherty's (1-3) sacrifice fly to center field.
"I've been working really hard in the offseason and it's coming together in the games," Gogdz said. "It's not just me, Jess, Nicole and the whole team is chipping in. I just trust my hands."
The Lady Blue Wave added two in the sixth with Buch starting things with a one-out walk. Buch took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on DeMaio's (2-4) pop-up single to center. Gogdz then plated Buch by lining a single to center and junior assistant captain Courtney Bell drove in DeMaio with a single to left.
Darien scored in the seventh when Hamilton led off with a bloop single between shortstop and center field in which Masiello misjudged the ball, which led to the hit. With two outs, Blosio (1-4) singled home Hamilton.
DeMaio was masterful on the mound, especially in the last three innings in which she only surrendered a Bukovsky (2-4) single to right. Overall, she gave up three earned runs on eight hits with a hit batsman, three walks and five strikeouts.
"I give credit to Staples because they hit well but my defense is always solid and I can count on them 100 percent," Jess DeMaio said.
Moscate helped DeMaio out in left in the fifth when she robbed Saccomano, who roped the ball, of at least a double by making a nice catch on it.
"It's a huge win for us and our momentum is sticking," Buch said.
The Blue Wave beat Ridgefield 7-3 on Wednesday and host Greenwich today at 4 p.m.
The Wreckers will be back in action today when they travel to Waveny Park to play New Canaan at 4 p.m.