WOODBRIDGE — After losing in the season opener, the Amity softball team used the loss as an eye opener. While the Spartans put up 10 runs against Hand-Madison, the flip side saw the Tigers score 11.
Fast forward three solid games later, and all seems right in the Amity world. Riding the two-hit pitching of sophomore Abigail Fletcher and the bat of senior Carly Marchitto, Amity jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 6-1 victory over Lauralton Hall in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision contest at Amity High Wednesday afternoon.
The win was Amity’s third in a row since the season opener, and improved the Spartans’ record to 3-1.
“This win is very important for us especially after we lost to Hand in the first game 11-10,” Marchitto said. “I think it woke us up. Every game we need to come out as strong as possible.”
In her first start of the season, Fletcher retired the first nine batters of the game, before allowing a leadoff single to Lauralton’s Emma Larke in the fourth inning. Larke would come around to score Lauralton’s only run of the game one batter later when a sacrifice attempt was turned into an error and a run for the Crusaders.
That sequence was the only mark against Fletcher and the Amity defense on the day as Fletcher allowed only a leadoff single to Bridget Keary in the fifth, before retiring the last eight batters of the game after Keary was erased on a double play.
“Abby (Fletcher) pitched a great game for us today,” Amity coach Sara Hale said. “She has thrown a couple of innings here and there, but this is her first start. I am very pleased with her performance.”
The Spartans got off to a quick start in the contest, taking a 4-0 lead after one inning of play.
Nicole Koshes opened the game against Larke by drawing a walk, before Danielle Nordyk and Marchitto followed with singles for a 2-0 lead. After Brooke Matyasovsky walked, a one-out single by Rachael Crow extended Amity’s lead to 4-0.
“I think getting out to an early lead is important for us,” Marchitto said. “I think when we get out to a lead, we get more excited and we come together.”
Amity threatened again with a pair of runners on in the second inning by way of singles from Koshes and Marchitto, but Larke escaped without further damage when she got Matyasovsky to ground to second to end the frame.
“We jumped out from the start,” Hale said. “Carly (Marchitto) showed her leadership today. She really delivered. She is confident at the plate and she was able to deliver when we needed her.”
The Spartans looked as if they would blow the game open in the fourth with two runners in scoring position, but a liner to right by Marchitto was snared by Nicole Kerstetter to end the frame.
“They have a powerful lineup,” Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Acampora said. “She (Fletcher) kept us on our toes. She was moving the ball in and out. We hit some balls hard, but directly at them. We are definitely a team in my five years that gets better as the season goes on. We practice a lot and I think that is the reason we play better. We came out strong with three wins, but Amity came out and put the pressure on us today.”
Amity pulled away in the sixth with two more runs off Sara Fagan, who came in to relieve Larke in the fifth. Elizabeth Brownfield and Fletcher opened with singles, and Marchitto ripped a two-out double to right scoring Fletcher and Nordyk, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
AMITY 6, LAURALTON HALL 1
LAURALTON HALL0 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 2 0
AMITY4 0 0 0 0 2 x — 6 8 1
L — Emma Larke (L), Sara Fagan (5) and Giana Coppola; A — Abigail Fletcher (W) and Rachael Crow
A -Carly Marchitto had three hits and drove in four runs for Amity. Abigail Fletcher tossed complete game two-hitter, striking out two.