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The Old Saybrook softball squad notched a 9-8 home win against Valley Regional on April 14 and then beat Westbrook 10-1 at home on April 17 to stand at 3-0 on the young season.
The Valley victory was a nail-biter that saw the Warriors jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, although the Rams quickly answered in the bottom half as Effie Gianitsos's leadoff hit set the stage for a two-run frame that tied the game. Valley scored three in the third to regain the lead, but Coach Laura Westner's squad came right back with a four-spot to hold a 6-5 advantage. In that inning, Madison Eucalitto hit a bases-clearing double that plated Paige Trabucchi, Lauren Pascoe, and Laura MacLeod. The Warriors responded in the fourth with six straight hits, including a two-run homer from pitcher Michaela Lavy, to go ahead 8-6. But the relentless Rams answered once again in the bottom of four by using a three-run blast from MacLeod to score Emily Santamaria (who had reached on a walk) and Trabucchi (who had doubled) to take the lead for good at 9-8. The Rams then shut the door on the Warriors by holding them scoreless through the final three frames.
Trabucchi went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Lauren Pascoe went 2-for-4 and scored twice, MacLeod hit the three-run homer, and Eucalitto went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI to lead Old Saybrook.
"I was very proud of my team's offense today. They never gave up and kept hitting their way out of trouble all day. They did a great job staying positive and didn't let the momentum change get to them when Valley would take the lead back. Every batter in my lineup is good at making contact. If they put the ball in play, good things will happen and that's just what they did today," said Coach Westner. "Laura MacLeod's three-run home run in the fourth inning turned out to be a clutch, game-winning hit. After being frustrated with her first two at-bats, she did a great job jumping out on the first pitch she saw and really got her power behind it clearing the fence easily. She is a great hitter and knows what pitches she likes when she gets in the box."
Three days later, the Rams hosted another Shoreline Conference rival in the Westbrook Knights and came away with the nine-run triumph.
Gianitsos had a commanding outing from the circle by allowing only four hits and striking out 12. She was supported offensively by MacLeod (3-for-3, walk, double, 4 RBI); Eucalitto (1-for-3, 2 RBI); Pascoe (double, 3 runs); and Michaela Efinger (double, 2 RBI).
Old Saybrook jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Gianitsos led off with an infield single and was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Santamaria. After Santamaria advanced to third on a passed ball, Trabucchi drove her in on another infield single. Pascoe then doubled and Old Saybrook took advantage of an error, allowing Efinger to get up and drive in two runs on her line-drive double. Old Saybrook then scored three more runs in the bottom of the second by combining a walk by Santamaria, a couple of costly Westbrook errors, and a double by MacLeod. Old Saybrook's defense held Westbrook to no runs until the top of the seventh, when they scored one run on an error.
"Once again, our offense showed up today. We had a lot of solid hits and took advantage of fielding mistakes to move runners into scoring position. These girls are aggressive on the bases and they take advantage of any extra base they can get," Westner said. "I'm also happy with the way the defense is coming together. They are getting more confident with each game."