MILFORD >> Through four games, first-year Mercy coach Jenn Piazza-Laffin has been pleased with her team’s effort.
The Tigers, ranked ninth in the Register Top 10 Poll, might have turned in their most complete performance of the season in an 10-0 SCC interdivision win over host Law Wednesday.
Mercy collected 12 hits, while Bri Sawicki and Sarah Flanagan combined on a one-hitter.
“They played really well,” Piazza-Laffin said. “They hit the ball, they got on base, they were heads up on base paths, and they scored runs. They did everything I asked them to. I was proud of them today.”
Since a season-opening loss to Cheshire, the Tigers (3-1) have won three in a row.
“These kids, as soon as they start going, they’re going to keep going,” Piazza-Laffin said. “They’re going to keep generating runs and playing solid defense. They’re working hard, they’re working their butts off. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Mercy led 8-0 through three innings. Law committed five errors, in addition to several more mental miscues.
“They didn’t have any fire in them today,” Law coach Melanie Paolini said. “Mercy, they played well. They chipped away and got the runs. We didn’t hit. We need to hit to win games, and we didn’t hit today. We just have to have a little more enthusiasm and hopefully bounce back from this one.”
Sawicki allowed just one hit and one walk in 6.1 innings of work. Flanagan finished the game, striking out one. Aubrey Bepko singled to lead off the third inning for the Eagles (3-2) for her team’s only hit.
“I’ve been working with her (Sawicki) actually since I was about 10 years ago,” Mercy catcher Steph Dean said. “Me and her go way back. She’s a phenomenal pitcher, I’m so lucky to have her on our staff. She does nothing but work hard in the offseason, and we thank her for that, all of us do. She improved all around.”
Steph Mangiameli, Tiff Mangiameli, Michelle Thielgard, Juliana Dellacamera, Dean and Sawicki each had two hits for Mercy. Thielgard had three RBIs, while Dean and DellaCamera had two each.
Thielgard and Danielle Lajoie drove in runs on ground outs, while Dean had a run-scoring single in the first inning.
Steph Mangiameli’s sacrifice fly put the Tigers up 4-0 in the second, while Mercy scored four times in the third highlighted by a two-run double by Dellacamera. Thielgard had a two-run single in the sixth inning.
“I do think it is (the best we played),” Dean said. “It’s hard with very few games in the season right now, and starting out and not really getting to play on the field because of the weather in the beginning. But I do think we’re really coming together as a team, and we’re really showing what we’re made of here.”
MERCY 10, LAW 0
Mercy 314 002 0 — 10 12 0
Law 000 000 0 — 0 1 5
Bri Sawicki, Sarah Flanagan (7) and Steph Dean; Aubrey Bepko and Amanda Leone.
WP: Brianna Sawicki (3-1). LP: Aubrey Bepko (3-2). 2B: (ME) Steph Dean, Juliana Dellacamera. RBI: Mangiameli, Thielgard (3), LaJoie, Dean (2), Dellacamera (2) (ME)
Team records: Mercy 3-1; Law 3-2.