BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield High School softball team has won four of its first five games this season, and the key to the Bobcats’ success, coach Nick Castellano said, has been a simple formula.
“There are three parts to the game: offense, defense and pitching,” he said. “If you get those three parts together, you’re going to do well.”
The Bobcats certainly excelled in all three phases on Friday in a 6-4 victory over Pomperaug.
Alyssa Lionetti pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts, Kailee Snyder belted a solo home run and a two-run double, and the Bobcats made a couple sparkling plays in the field as well. Emily Parchinski had a double and two singles and Laila Cofone added two singles. Avery Katz and Mia Ballard each added a hit and a walk.
“We’re all working as a team,” said Lionetti, a senior who will play for Western Connecticut State next year. “We had a good year last year, and we’re building from that. We’re a young team, and we all work together really well. We back each other up and pick each other up, which is a big part of the game.”
Pomperaug, which advanced to the Class L state semifinals last year, has lost five straight to start the season. Hailey Latta pitched a complete game and struck out four. Meaghan Yale had a two-run single, Samantha Wisnefsky drove in a run with a single and Emma Durante drove in a run.
“There are no excuses, even though it’s a young team, because we’re playing other young teams,” Pomperaug coach Paul Masotto said. “They’re not bad. There is talent here, more than enough to go out and win ballgames. It’s a mindset, and as you keep losing, it gets harder and harder to win.”
Brookfield collected six of its 11 hits in the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. Cara Lennon laced a two-run double to put the Bobcats ahead 2-0 in the first. Snyder led off the second with a solo home run and Parchinski added an RBI single. The early lead gave Lionetti an edge.
“It’s definitely comforting for me, and for the defense as well, that we have a little cushion,” Lionetti said.
Brookfield extended its lead to 6-0 on Snyder’s two-out, two-run double to the fence in center field in the fifth. Those runs turned out to be vital, as Pomperaug rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth, led by Yale’s two-run single.
“It feels really good to help out the team and get a few runs up there,” said Snyder, a sophomore. “But you have to remember that it’s not just that one at-bat, and you have to remember to keep going and keep pushing throughout the game.”
Brookfield shortstop Lennon made a sensational backhand stop on a sharp grounder in the hole, and turned and fired to first to get Yale by a step for the first out in the fifth inning.
Pomperaug shortstop Wisnefsky recorded all three outs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
BROOKFIELD 6, POMPERAUG 4
POMPERAUG 000 004 0 — 4 4 0
BROOKFIELD 220 020 x — 6 11 2
Records: Pomperaug 0-5; Brookfield 4-1. Batteries: P—Hailey Latta (L, 0-5) and Kaitlyn Flood; Bk—Alyssa Lionetti (W, 3-1) and Laila Cofone.