WOODBRIDGE — Coming off a loss to Shelton, the Amity softball team was determined to get back on track. Given two days to regroup, Amity responded with a 2-0 victory over Sheehan in a Southern Connecticut Conference divisional contest Saturday at Amity High.
Katie Koshes was brilliant in the pitching circle, tossing a complete-game three-hitter, walking one and striking out eight. The Titans had two threats in the contest, but Koshes worked her way out of each.
“Katie threw a fantastic game,” Amity coach Loren Purcell said. “She got a little tired at the end, but she was able to pull through it.”
Amity (9-3) gave Koshes all the run support she needed with a run in the third. Ninth-place hitter Heather Watt took a Missy Pereira pitch and drilled it deep over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.
“We hit the ball hard today,” Purcell said. “Heather Watt hit a nice shot. That was big for us.”
Sheehan had its share of opportunities off Koshes, but couldn’t capitalize. In the third, Kelly Brosnan reached on an error and moved to third on a pair of errors on two steal attempts.
Koshes escaped the jam by striking out Meghan Gavin for the second out. Amity catcher Janaya Young then picked off Brosnan at third for the final out.
In the fifth, the Titans (11-3) again had a golden opportunity but couldn’t get the big hit after Pereira walked and Brosnan singled to center with two outs. Once again, Koshes came up big and she struck out Sam Czaja to end the inning.
“It was one of those games,” Sheehan coach Jocelyn Chang said. “That is the great thing about high school softball. We come back to play again.
“We just couldn’t get the big hit. That seems to be a constant struggle we are working on.”
Amity took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Jenna DiLorenzo led off with a double and scored when Jill DeMaio’s grounder to third was thrown away by Rebecca Souza.
The Spartans continued to threaten in the inning, but a big play by shortstop Sara Pisanelli ended the threat.
With runners on second and third and one out, Haley Kober lined a shot that Pisanelli snared, then stepped on second for an inning-ending double play.
“We hit the ball hard,” Purcell said. “Their shortstop made some great plays.”
Koshes did the rest for the Spartans, allowing hits in the final two innings, but escaping without any damage.
Mikaeyla Daddio singled with two outs in the sixth before Koshes retired Pisanelli on a fly ball to right to end the inning, and Makayla Ricci’s single with two outs in the seventh was erased when Brosnan lined to second the game.
“We responded well after losing to Shelton,” Purcell said. “Overall, I thought we were very positive today. We worked on things we needed to work on. We are staying very positive. We knew this was an important game.”
For Chang and the Titans, the lack of big hits proved costly in the end.
“It was a great match up,” Chang said. “As a coach, you are always concerned. We are concerned with the hitting. We are focusing too much on that.”
Pereira allowed two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out four.