SOFTBALL: Early 6-0 Glastonbury lead dooms Maloney five-game win streak

MERIDEN — The Maloney Spartans softball team saw its five-game win streak snapped Tuesday in a 12-6 CCC crossover loss against the Glastonbury Guardians at the Dunn Sports Complex. 

Glastonbury got out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. Maloney rallied to within two, 6-4, with a four-run fourth inning before Glastonbury extended the advantage to 9-4 and then 12-6.

Glastonbury improved to 12-2, while Maloney fell to 10-5.

“Glastonbury is a really good team; they hit the ball very well,” said Maloney coach Scott Aresco. “We would have had to play a perfect game defensively, which we didn’t today. We missed some bunts, made some errors; but offensively I think we did really well. We hit the ball pretty good and scored some runs.”

Glastonbury wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. On the game’s first pitch, Rayah Snyder hit a deep ball to left field and rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

The next two batters, Natalie Lessard and Brooke Tracy, got on base with singles, though Lessard was erased when she tried to steal third. 

The cleanup hitter, Sadie Schrto, hit a triple that scored Tracy for a 2-0 Glastonbury lead.

For Maloney, leadoff hitter Maddy LaValle got on base with a walk and advanced to third with two stolen bases, but was stranded.

After a scoreless second inning, Glastonbury made it 3-0 on the scoreboard in the third. Lessard was walked to start the inning and Nabia Crawford singled her home.

Maloney pitcher Isabelle Smith struck out Tracy and Meredith Lambert to get out of the inning in the inning. 

In the meantime, Maloney couldn’t find any offensive rhythm early. They were retired in order in the third for a second straight frame.

The Guardians found more offensive success in the fourth. With one out, Molly Doherty singled and advanced to second with a steal. Snyder delivered a RBI single in the next at-bat.

Two batters later, Tracy hit a two-run home run that put Glastonbury on top 6-0.

The Spartans offense came alive in the home half of the fourth, scoring four runs. Ellie Lopez and Smith were both walked to begin the inning, and Morgan Pelletier followed with a RBI double.

With Pelletier and Smith on second and third, Avery Benigni drew a walk to load the bases, which set up a sacrifice fly by Haley Jensen that plated Smith. Pelletier added a run ona wild throw.

Benigni later stole home, making it 6-4. 

“That was a big inning because, going down 6-0, I can see a lot of teams giving up and thinking, ‘All right. let’s get the game over with,’ but we cut it down to to 6-4 and it’s important because in this game you never know what can happen,” Aresco said. “But the game didn’t end our way.”

Glastonbury got two batters on base in the fifth as Myers got walked and Snyder hit a single. Smith squelched the rally with her fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game.

The Spartans were unable to carry the momentum from their four-run fourth inning. Smith was walked, but no other batter got aboard in the inning.

The Guardians offense re-sprouted in the sixth. Molly Eddington hit a two-run single that brought in Crawford and Scurto. Kamryn Herrick stole home to put Glastonbury up 9-4.

Maloney responded with a two-run inning.

Georgia Showerda drove in Maya Massores with a bunt single and Hannah Yale scored as Massicotte hit a double. The inning ended, however, as Showerda was tagged out at home plate.

Glastonbury took a 9-6 lead into the final inning and padded it with three insurance runs.

Scurto singled home Lessard and scored in turn on a Crawford double. A RBI single by Lambert capped it.

For Glastonbury, Brooke Tracy picked up the pitching win with 11 strikeouts. Smith struck out nine.

Maloney will have a quick 24-hour turnaround. The Spartans travel to Plainville on Wednesday to take on the 9-3 Blue Devils.

“They’ve beaten a lot of teams that we’ve played,” Aresco said. “This will be our third straight game in three days. We’re going to go there tomorrow, rest up, get healthy, and we’ll be ready to go.”


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