Stonington's Kane one-hits Griswold
Griswold - Stonington High School already claims one pitcher, Andrea Chiaradio, who threw a perfect, 21-strikeout game a season ago, receiving all-state honors as well as a mention in Sports Illustrated.
Then there's Theresa Kane. Junior. Leadoff hitter. Part-time pitcher, part-time center fielder. Author of a one-hit victory Thursday against Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division rival Griswold.
"Those two are good friends. Those two are selfless," said Stonington coach Ann-Marie Houle of the two pitchers. "They warm up. They come in and we tell them who's pitching ... and life goes on."
Stonington topped Griswold 6-1 behind Kane, who happens to be 7-1 this season, while Chiaradio is 4-0.
Kane struck out four, walked three and allowed only a leadoff single up the middle to Griswold cleanup hitter Nycole Sylvestre in the seventh inning.
Kane said she was unaware she was pitching a no-hitter, confusing a pair of walks she issued in the third with hits, and said she's glad she didn't know.
That makes Stonington 11-1 overall, 5-0 in the ECC Medium with a season sweep of Griswold (8-5, 4-2). The Bears tied Griswold for the Medium Division title a year ago.
"She's a gamer. She's a downright competitor," Griswold coach Rick Arremony said of Kane. "When she steps in the circle or when she steps up at bat, she's trying to win the game. You can see that. Not many kids possess that."
Kane also drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning and later scored from second on a single by Ally Curioso. The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the inning on Jen Paride's sacrifice fly to score Curioso.
Stonington added a run in the second when Kane scored on a wild pitch, one in the fourth when Chiaradio was hit with a pitch and came around to score, one in the six and one in the seventh. Curioso drove in the run in the sixth with a single and Rhianna Maynard had an RBI groundout in the seventh.
The Bears played errorless defense, getting a hustling catch of a foul ball by right fielder Mackensie Crowley in the fourth inning and a ball in short center field that was tracked down by Curioso, the shortstop.
Kane retired the side in order in the first, second, fourth and fifth.
"We've been stressing that in practice and I'm proud that it's paying off," Houle said of the Bears' attention to detail. "You need every out, not just, 'It looks foul.' We really are trying to look at the little things.
"This is a big game because here's the thing: you don't want to say, 'Oh, if we lose to them we can still tie.' We're not in kindergarten anymore where we share everything. They're our rival."
Curioso and Christine McNeil each had two of Stonington's 10 hits.
Griswold's lone run came in the sixth after Kane issued a leadoff walk to Sydne Ondreicka, who came in to score.
"Ann-Marie tells us who's pitching and we know we have each other's backs," Kane, who recently surpassed the 100-hit mark for her career and is batting over .500, said of the platoon system for the Stonington pitching staff. "It never bothers me."
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