RIVALRY SOFTBALL: Lyman Hall snaps 12-game skid against Sheehan

RIVALRY SOFTBALL: Lyman Hall snaps 12-game skid against Sheehan


WALLINGFORD — Sam Carbone played shortstop like she’s devised a magnet that attracts softballs.

Time after time, the Sheehan hitters went her way and she made every play from snaring windblown foul pops to snaring well-struck ground balls and making accurate throws.

In fact, every phase of the Trojans’ game was at peak proficiency. It had to be. Lyman Hall hadn’t beaten its crosstown nemesis over the previous six seasons and the Titans played well enough to maintain that dominance.

Carbone had a hand in nine outs to back the two-hit pitching of Maddie Shura Wednesday as the Trojans snapped Sheehan’s 12-game win streak in the series with a 3-1 victory.

The rivalry game was the first in the teams’ new division, the Oronoque, after clashing in the Housatonic since the SCC opened for business in 1994. Lyman Hall (4-3, 1-1) last defeated the Titans (3-5, 0-2) on May 13, 2010.

“We’ve been playing pretty well in the field all year,” LH coach Rob Brewster said. “We’ve been one hit away in most of the games we dropped and today we got that hit. We saw some opportunities bunting the ball and we executed.”

The Trojans trailed 1-0 in the fifth when Katelyn Miller stepped in to lead off. She kept her head on the ball, didn’t overswing and laced a double to left center.

“It’s actually very funny because the first year I played here, I got my picture in the paper and it was the ugliest swing ever,” said Miller, a junior catcher. “It’s nice to see the difference and the result.”

Finley VanHouten dropped down a bunt — one of eight the Trojans laid down – and not only advanced Miller to third, but reached on a throwing error. Sierrah Rich followed with a bunt single that sent Miller home with the tying run.

A sacrifice by Faith Barbieri moved the runners into scoring position with just one out. Shura helped her own cause with a two-run single to right. Carbone added yet another bunt single before Erin Dighello (6 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts) escaped without further damage.

Shura retired the final six Sheehan batters in order. She walked three, struck out three and used her defense, particularly Carbone who had seven put-outs and two assists while playing errorless ball.

“We really rely on defense and it came through this game,” Carbone said.

The Titans grabbed the lead in the second inning. Samantha Iannone drew a one-out walk and alertly advanced to second on a grounder to the pitcher’s circle. Meghan Murphy sliced a looping hit that raised chalk on the right-field line and sent Iannone home.

Sheehan threatened to increase the lead in the fourth when Carolyn Biel worked a leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch and went to third on a groundout, but Shura closed the door with a strikeout. Dighello had a two-out single in the fifth, but she was erased trying to steal, Miller to Carbone.

The loss did nothing to deter Sheehan coach Sarah Wyant, who was getting her first taste of the rivalry.

“We haven’t flipped that switch yet to be where we need to be,” Wyant said. “I have full confidence in the girls that once we do flip that switch, we’re going to go on a run because these girls are talented and motivated. It’s just a matter of figuring out what’s going to work and when it’s going to work. It’s been one heartbreaking loss after another.”


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