HAMDEN >> Amity junior center fielder Jenna DiLorenzo admitted she’s never had much success against Sacred Heart Academy ace Molly Flowers.
That changed Friday as DiLorenzo hit a solo home run and a two-run triple off Flowers to power the visiting Spartans to a 5-2 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory over the Pacers.
DiLorenzo’s homer came in the fifth inning and then the triple gave Amity (7-2) a 5-1 lead in the sixth.
“I’ve always had trouble hitting her,” DiLorenzo said. “But I just came ready to play today. I just waited for my pitch, and it happened.”
In the past, DiLorenzo, one of the top hitters in the SCC, said Flowers had normally pitched around her.
“Maybe she missed her spot (Friday), I don’t know,” DiLorenzo said. “I just saw what looked like a good pitch, and I wanted it.”
While DiLorenzo provided the offensive spark, sophomore pitcher Katie Koshes was quite effective in the circle for the Spartans. Koshes scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out 11.
“I just tried to get the first out and start out every inning strong,” Koshes said.
Koshes, a lefty, struck out the side in the first and fourth innings and retired the leadoff batter in five of the seven innings.
“She’s strong in the circle,” Amity coach Loren Purcell said. “She maintained her composure and she stayed all the way through. She did a really nice job today.”
Although Koshes was dominant at times, Sacred Heart Academy was not without its opportunities.
Trailing 2-0, SHA stranded runners on first and second in the fourth. Although they cut the Amity lead to 3-1 on a Becca Marks’ RBI single, the Pacers left the bases loaded in the fifth.
Sacred Heart Academy also left two runners on in the seventh after an Amanda Beecher run-scoring single got the Pacers within three runs.
DiLorenzo also threw a runner out at the plate in the second.
“We had base runners, we just couldn’t get the big hit today,” Sacred Heart Academy coach Ray Ramelli said. “We put the people on, it just was one of those days.”
The Pacers (4-6) lost both games this week after winning three in a row.
“It’s kind of frustrating because we’ve had the runners on base,” Ramelli said. “But like I said, the last couple of games we just couldn’t get the big hit.”
Flowers allowed 10 hits, walked four and struck out eight. Marks and Emily Velez each had two hits in the loss.
A run-scoring sacrifice fly by Heather Watt and an RBI single from Krista Reynolds gave Amity a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Reynolds, Koshes and DiLorenzo each had two hits for the Spartans.
“Jenna’s been on fire,” Purcell said. “She is one of our better hitters, and she definitely stepped up today and had some nice at-bats.”