MILFORD – Amity senior Jenna Thomas likes her team’s approach through the first four games. Thomas is especially pleased with her team’s offense.
Scoring 40 runs in the first handful of games, including more than a dozen more on Wednesday, Amity won its fourth straight game to start the season following a a 14-5 Southern Connecticut Conference decision over Lauralton Hall in Milford.
Thomas led Amity’s 19-hit attack with three hits, including a single, double, and triple, and drove in five runs. Nicole Koshes and Brooke Matyasovsky also had three hits for the Spartans.
“We came into the game with a great mentality as a team,” Thomas said. “We adjusted to the pitching. We really executed our plays out there. We came in trying to move things along. We were able to execute. We are really excited about our start.”
Amity (4-0), which won its first three games by a margin of 26-9, picked up where it left off after a thumping of Branford by scoring in five of seven innings against the Crusaders. Amity never went down quietly in any frame during the contest.
“I am very proud of the girls,” Amity coach Sara Hale said. “We know they are a strong team. We were able to string some hits together.”
The Spartans wasted no time taking the lead for good as they scored twice in the first. Koshes led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch by Lauralton’s Sara Fagan, and Matyasovsky singled to score Carly Marchitto later in the inning.
After the Crusaders (1-3) left the bases loaded in the first, Amity extended the lead to 5-0 with three more runs in the third. Thomas had the big blow as her single to center scored Matyasovsky and Dani Nordyk, both of whom reached on Lauralton errors. Thomas scored the third run of the inning on a grounder to second by Emily Mullins.
“They are a good hitting team,” Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Acampora said. “We made some errors, but there are no excuses for mental errors. Our defense did not play a good game and our offense did not play well.”
The Crusaders looked as if they would have a chance to get back in the game in the third when Christiana Cottrell and Emma Larke led off with singles. That threat ended when Maura Keary it into a double play, and Emily Bump grounded to third to end the frame.
“We did not adjust at all,” Acampora said. “Their kid (Grace Whitman) kept us on our toes. You are not going to beat a team like Amity if you don’t adjust.”
The Spartans put the game away with nine runs in the final three innings. Amity scored twice in the fifth when an infield single and error on a ball hit by Koshes allowed Thomas and Mullins to score after both singled to open the frame.
The Spartans hit three triples in the sixth off the bats of Marchitto, Matyasovsky, and Thomas to help extend the lead to 11-0.
“We talked about that,” Hale said of the continued scoring. “We were ready on every pitch. We were ready for everything that came up.”
Lauralton Hall scored four times in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single by Bridget Keary and a two-run single by Cottrell.
Cottrell led Lauralton with three hits and two runs batted in, while Bridget Keary added a pair of hits and a run batted in.