TRUMBULL — St. Joseph’s Lauren Wasikowski hit a two-out, RBI double off the fence in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 victory over town and FCIAC softball rival Trumbull at the Dalling Sports Complex on Wednesday.
St. Joseph, now 13-0, is ranked third in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 poll. Trumbull, which had won five straight dips to 9-4.
“It was great to walk off a game (with a win). I’ve never done that before. I’m proud of the way my team fought today until the end,” said Wasikowski, who drove in Maddy Fitzgerald (walk) from second.
St. Joseph’s Janelli Pratt hit a home run to dead center leading off the seventh to tie the game 3-3.
Pratt’s homer was one of many game-changing moments.
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Trumbull’s Jenna Duffy singled to left field to score two runs for a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh. Her hit came with two outs off a 1-2 pitch.
At shortstop, Fitzgerald saved two runs from scoring in the fourth to maintain a 2-1 lead. Kiley Barbagallo hit a liner over second base that FitzGerald made a running, outstretched catch on.
St. Joseph third baseman Coco Bartone threw out Mackenzie Bruggeman at home in the first inning.
“We were putting the ball in play (only two strikeouts). They had some good at bats against Lauren. She battled. We backed her up in the end,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Babineau said.
The first three runs in the game came on fielder’s choice grounders.
St. Joseph’s lead-off batter Niamh Dougherty walked to open the first and third. She scored on RBI groundouts by Jill Guilfoyle and Brittany Mairano.
Trumbull made it 2-1 in the fourth. CC Cummings and Becca Sexton singled with one out. Caroline Hall grounded the ball to Riley McDermott at first. Cummings slid home safely.
Trumbull’s Cassi Barbato had a single and a double to lead a seven-hit attack. Bruggeman allowed two hits through six innings. Wasikowski struck out 10, stranding nine runners.
“I’m glad we were able to play in a playoff-game atmosphere like this,” Trumbull coach Jacqui Sheftz said. “The amount of growth our team has had in a short amount of time gives us a tremendous amount of confidence knowing we are now right there.”
FCIAC playdowns begin on Friday, May 21 at higher seeds.
Trumbull has three wins by three runs or less. It had four games where it scored in double digits. Trumbull’s other losses were 15-5 to No. 6 Ludlowe and 3-2 to Staples.
St. Joseph had posted eight shutouts. They had allowed only four runs on the season. They had scored in double figures in seven games.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lauren Wasikowski had the game-winning hit. The junior struck out 10 batters and left runners in scoring position in six of seven innings.
“It was a great at bat for Janelli Pratt. She is a freshman, so it was great to see her come through in such a big spot.”—Lauren Wasikowski