MILFORD >> Seymour sophomore Cassie Rosetti did not have much time to adjust to a pitching change made by Lauralton Hall in the fourth inningWednesday afternoon. The first batter to face Lauralton’s second pitcher, Kaitlyn Mingione, Rosetti did what any good hitter would do.
A long, drawn out at bat finally ended when Rosetti drilled a double over the head of Ireland Miessau in right to drive in two runs in a five-run fourth inning, propelling the Wildcats to a 5-3 victory over the Crusaders at Lauralton Hall.
“I thought it was a big at bat,” Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said. “It was a great inning for us. The middle of the order came through and our rightfielder (Emma Crocamo), who missed a ball earlier, came back and made up for it. Rosetti then got a big hit. It was a big inning.”
Seymour, the No. 10 team in the New Haven Register / GameTimeCT Top 10 Poll, trailed by two runs entering the inning against Miessau, who started for the Crusaders.
After Miessau got the first out, she walked Seymour pitcher Raeanne Geffert.
Makayla O’Hara followed with a single to left and Seymour scored the first run of the inning when Amanda Harkins reached on an error, allowing Geffert to score.
Emma Crocamo singled to right to score O’Hara with the tying run, forcing Miessau out of the game.
Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Acampora called on Mingione, and after fouling off several pitches, Rosetti drilled the double to right to score two runs for a 4-3 lead. Freshman Shari Minalga hit a clutch two-out single later in the inning to plate Rosetti for a 5-3 lead.
“It was a huge at bat by Rosetti,” Pereiras said after his team improved to 2-0. “We have had some pretty good scrimmages against some tough teams and it paid off today. We were down and we were able to come back. That is big. Good teams do that. But, we can get better.”
The fifth inning was the only blemish for Lauralton. The Crusaders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but squandered opportunities would prove costly in the end.
Lauralton Hall took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jaclyn Brewster hit a long home run to right over the head of Crocamo. Brewster was at it again in the third ining.
After Mingione, Maureen Connolly and Alexa Dawid singled with one out to load the bases, Brewster laced the second of her three hits to score Mingione for a 2-0 lead.
Lindsey Spitz followed with a single to score Connolly, but Geffert ended the threat without any more damage by striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
“We can not strike out 11 times in a game,” Acampora said after her tam fell to 0-2. “Timely hitting has been a big issue for us. It was the same thingyesterday too. We just could not put anything together.”
Trailing 5-3 in the fifth, the combination of Dawid and Brewster looked to spark the Crusaders as the duo opened the inning with a pair of singles. Geffert was not fazed as she retired the next three hitters to end Lauralton’s final serious threat of the game.
“In the first inning, she (Geffert) threw a good pitch and their girl just whacked it,” Pereiras said. “When they got the two runs, we misplayed a ball in right and they had a few bunts. I thought she did a good job. It was a great team effort.These are two good teams.”
The Wildcats, who start three freshmen and two sophomores, mustered only six hits against Lauralton Hall pitching, but made the most of three errors by the Crusaders.
“I am very optimistic about this team,” Acampora said. “We are off to a slow start. The hitting is in a slump. When you put runs on the board, it becomes contagious.
“We are deep with our pitching. Defensively, we made a couple of miscues but we are usually very solid. The bats have struggled.”
Geffert went the distance for Seymour, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out 11 and walking just one batter.
Brewster led Lauralton Hall with three hits, two runs batted in and a run scored, while Dawid added a pair of hits.
SEYMOUR 5, LAURALTON HALL 3
Seymour 000 500 0 — 5 6 0
Lauralton Hall 102 000 0 — 3 9 3
Raeanne Geffert (W) and Amanda Harkins; Ireland Miessau (L), Kaitlyn Mingione (4) and Alexandra Moleski.
WP: Raeanne Geffert (). LP: Ireland Miessau (). 2B: (SE) Cassie Rosetti. hr: Jackie Brewster (LHA); RBI: Crocamo, Rosetti (2), Minalga (SE); Brewster (2), Lindsey Spitz (LHA);
Team records: Seymour 2-0; Lauralton Hall 0-2.