TRUMBULL — Winning is contagious.
Just look at the Trumbull High softball team, which received contributions from across the board in a 7-1 victory over Norwalk on Wednesday.
“It’s just a matter of any given day anyone can contribute one through nine offensively for us,” Trumbull coach Jacqui Sheftz said. “That’s the beauty of this team.”
The Eagles, the No. 5 team in the GameTimeCT poll, broke out for six runs over the first two innings. The early outburst made life relatively stress-free for pitcher Emily Gell, whose complete game, four-hitter improved the Eagles to 16-1 on the season.
“We saw the ball well today. We were hitting the ball hard today,” Gell said. “That’s just because of all the hard work we’ve been putting in in practice.”
Gell helped her own cause at the plate, singling twice and driving in a run as part of a two-run second inning. She was one of six Eagles with at least one hit on the afternoon.
While Norwalk (10-6) committed two errors that lead to two unearned runs, Trumbull was close to flawless in the field behind Gell.
‘Statistically, she had a four-hitter with five strikeouts. She allowed her defense to play behind her today,” Sheftz said. “It was a complete game all the way around, everyone contributed.”
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Trumbull plated four runs in the first inning off Brianny Garcia with the benefit of two hits — a Gell single and a two-run double by second baseman Mackenzie Bruggeman — and a bases-loaded walk to Cassi Barbato. Another run scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Eagles extended their lead to 6-0 in the second inning thanks to three hits and a two-out error.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favors in the first inning and the second,” Norwalk coach Elaine Gratrix said.
Brenda Garcia got Norwalk on the board in the third with a one-out double, but the Bears didn’t do much else against Gell. The right-hander retired the final 14 batters she faced, including two by strikeout.
“I just throw and let my defense make the plays behind me,” Gell said. “I don’t always have to be so perfect all the time knowing that they have my back.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Emily Gell, Trumbull, P: The sophomore did a little bit of everything for the Eagles. Not only did she pitch a complete game, four-hitter, she also singled twice and drove in a run.
“I think Brianny (Garcia) did a really nice job pitching. She did a nice job. She battled. We had a lot to work around, and she battled.” — Norwalk coach Elaine Gratrix
Trumbull will head into the final week of the regular season with an inside track on the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC tournament. Three games are on the schedule next week, starting with a visit to Bridgeport Central on Monday and continuing with Stamford (home) and Danbury (away) the next two nights, respectively.
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Records: Norwalk 10-6; Trumbull 16-1. Batteries: N — Brianny Garcia (L) and Dina DiBlasio; T — Emily Gell (W) and Cassi Barbato. Highlights: N — Brenda Garcia had an RBI double. Brianny Garcia pitched seven innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits. T — Mackenzie Bruggeman had a two-run double. Gell went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and threw a complete game four-hitter. Ava Dunn singled home a run.