HAMDEN — It is starting to feel like the postseason in Woodbridge. With the Southern Connecticut Conference and state tournaments right around the corner, the Amity softball team is peaking at just the right time.
Behind four hits from Dani Nordyk, and three apiece from Nicole Koshes and Brooke Matyasovsky, Amity cruised to a 15-3 victory over Sacred Heart Academy in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division contest in Hamden Thursday afternoon. The win was Amity’s seventh in a row and improved the team’s record to 15-2 on the season.
”Last year was a tough year for us,” said Nordyk, who’d earned her 100th-career hit vs. Hamden the day before. “This year, we have grown as a team. We communicate a lot better. We have adjusted really well. We execute throughout the lineup. Communication has been the key and we have stayed positive. It is definitely a really good feeling.”
Amity, ranked eighth in the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll, scored in every inning but the second, and took advantage of six Sacred Heart errors in the game.
The Sharks got within 2-1 in the second when Jordyn Davis singled to score Amanda Savinelli, but Amity quickly restored order when Matyasovsky launched a long two-run homer to left for a 4-1 lead in the third.
“The thing I will take from today is we were able to string hits together,” Amity coach Sara Hale said. “It was not bomb after bomb today. We created runs. We got on base with singles. That is huge for us to be able to put together runs.”
The Spartans will conclude the season with home games against Cheshire, Mercy and North Haven, which will be perfect competition to prepare them for the postseason
“We are playing with confidence,” Hale said. “We are not taking anything for granted. We found ourselves on the losing end a couple of games ago. We have been ready.”
The bats continued to click for Amity in the fifth inning as the Spartans scored three more runs to build an 8-1 lead. Matyasovsky had a run-scoring single in the inning, before two errors plated another run, and Kelly Pritchard singled in another.
“We are not playing good ball right now,” Sacred Heart Academy coach Al Ramelli said. “A positive I will take from today was the hitting. I thought it came to life today and I loved our bats today. We have to win our next three games and finish strong.”
The Sharks (8-9) had a few opportunities to string together big innings, but the play of the Amity defense kept the Sharks from scoring more when the game was within reach.
Amity used a nice double play across the diamond to end the third, and watched as Koshes turned a liner by Savinelli in the fourth into an inning-ending double play.
“We spend so much time together as a team,” Koshes said. “We are more confident with our bats. We have been playing together as a team which helps. We have a big game with Cheshire on Monday. We need to be ready for that. We need to stay focused and stay relaxed.”
The Spartans put the game away with 10 runs in the final three innings, including two in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Davis led Sacred Heart with three hits, while Savinelli and Kyleen Crowe each had two hits.