Not only did Seymour keep its place as the top team in the GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Softball Poll with a 4-0 week, but its latest win was the biggest of the season by far.
The Wildcats won the rematch of last year’s NVL final with an exclamation point, using their scorching bats in a 15-9 win over rival Holy Cross on Saturday. It was a test Seymour passed despite yielding eight runs in one inning.
A rare hiccup that included six walks in the second by ace Jenna Geffert allowed the Crusaders to plate four runs, and another four tied the game at 8-8. But the Wildcats turned to junior Molly Adamo, who settled the game down as the hits just kept coming for her offense.
“I feel pretty good,” coach Ken Pereiras said. “Adamo came in and did the job for us, and Jenna usually does a good job; I’m happy with our hitting, we hit the ball pretty well.”
A strong leadoff hitter is the best catalyst to a strong lineup, something the Wildcats possess in the understatement of the century with senior Becca Johnson. After her perfect day at the plate against Holy Cross (4-for-4 with a walk and two doubles), the Colgate-bound Johnson is batting .889 so far this season.
“It’s a lot of responsibility, obviously, but it’s a nice responsibility to have,” Johnson said. “I try my best to get on and do what the team needs me to do.”
Freshman Morgan Teodosio is also off to an equally absurd start at the plate, hitting .739 with 20 runs batted in. She smacked two home runs and drove in six in the win over the Crusaders.
A predominantly junior-laden lineup has the Wildcats in position to claim a third straight conference crown.
“Next week we go to Oxford and Wolcott comes to our place, and they’re both quality teams,” Pereiras said. “I expect those to be good games; we play our schedule, but I’d love to play in these kind of battles every game.”
…Also in the NVL, Naugatuck pulled off a rare feat of sweeping a doubleheader against two different schools on the same day, both on the road.
First, the Greyhound bus boarded to Kennedy, where Alyssa Roberts and Julia Pellicia each had three hits in a 16-0, five-inning win. Then Naugatuck claimed a 9-2 win at Watertown; Roberts pitched complete games in both, allowing a combined nine hits.
The sweep improved Naugatuck’s record to 6-2.
GRISWOLD YOUNG, STILL DOMINANT
Sitting just outside of the top five is Griswold, a team that’s won 35 straight regular-season games dating back to the end of the 2016 season. A 9-0 start — that included wins over NFA and Notre Dame-Fairfield — with a young roster has coach Rick Arremony excited about the direction his team is heading.
“We’re relatively young,” Arremony said of his team that has just two seniors. “From my upperclassmen I’m getting what I expect, but with my underclassmen I’m getting way more than I expected. There are players who didn’t see a lot of time as freshmen but have come along quite nicely.”
Maya Waldron is the team’s primary pitcher, a job she’s had since the start of last season. Sophomores Julia Janca and Sarah Aviles are thriving with increased roles. Junior outfielder Kaitlyn Davis — who is committed to Quinnipiac — is also off to a good start, Arremony said.
Griswold reached the Class M quarterfinal the last two seasons, where it fell to North Branford (2017) and St. Joseph (2016). The Wolverines are out for their first state championship since 2003.
“I think we’re able to build our players up, we don’t just wait for the next wave of good players to show up,” Arremony said. “Every kid on my team has been on varsity since they were freshmen. None of them wants to be the first team to have a losing season.”
Griswold hosts fellow undefeated Lyman Memorial on Monday, but the big test comes May 14 when they visit North Branford, the team right above them in the rankings. Griswold — which reached the ECC final last year but lost to three-time champion Fitch — also sees Windsor this week.
“These are good quality teams that we get to play. It gives us a barometer for where we sit in the state,” Arremony said. “It doesn’t really mean anything; just with the curiosity because you never know until you get into the state tournament.”
Tie game in the bottom of the 7th, one out, bases loaded…
— Peter Huoppi (@phuoppi) April 20, 2018
One of the best finishes this week came in Waterford, where the Lancers walked off with a 4-2 win over Stonington on Friday.
With the game knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Taylor Lee socked a would-be walk-off grand slam that only counted for two runs as one of the runners failed to round second base.
The Lancers — who trailed 2-0 in the game — are 5-2 after the dramatic win. Stonington dropped to 6-2.
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5 GAMES TO WATCH
AMITY AT CHESHIRE, 4 p.m. Monday:
The lone battle between top 10 teams takes place between SCC rivals.
ST. JOSEPH AT DANBURY, 4:30 p.m. Monday:
Big test for the young Hatters against one of the FCIAC favorites.
NORTH BRANFORD AT COGINCHAUG, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday:
A pair of unbeatens clash in Durham.
BARLOW AT TRUMBULL, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday:
Defending Class L and Class LL champions square off as the non-conference schedule winds down.
WINDSOR AT GRIWSOLD, 7 p.m. Friday:
Wolverines’ unbeaten start will be put to the test under the lights.