WALLINGFORD — After suffering two losses to SCC powers Amity and Cheshire by a combined score of 29-4, Lyman Hall softball rebounded Friday with an 11-6 win over Sacred Heart Academy on Senior Day.
“We didn’t execute our plans in those games,” Lyman Hall head coach Stephanie Lavado-Berghorn said. “We went back to work yesterday and ironed out some problems. We still always will have things to work on, but we executed our plan today and that was a game changer.”
The Trojans improved to 6-3 and avenged a loss suffered earlier in the year to Sacred Heart (6-4) in Hamden.
On Friday, senior Alex Tennero returned to the circle for the Trojans, while senior Amanda Savinelli earned the start for the Sharks.
Throughout the opening inning, both pitchers held the offenses scoreless. Tennero continued this into the second, ultimately pitching two perfect innings that included three strikeouts.
In the bottom half of the second, the Trojans broke the 0-0 tie. Tennero started the sequence as she ripped a double to right-center field. Freshman Kaitlyn Mather pinch-ran and scored when senior first baseman Hadley Rodgers tripled over the center fielder’s head.
Lyman Hall tacked on another run when junior right fielder Keera Reed singled on a squeeze bunt, scoring Rodgers from third.
Behind early offense and strong pitching, the Trojans led 2-0 heading into the top of the third.
That lead didn’t last long, though. Tennero walked freshman Ayva Caruso and, two bunt singles later, the Sharks had the bases loaded for sophomore shortstop Isabella Saracco, who brought in a run with an infield single.
With one out and the bases still loaded, sophomore first baseman Anne Plunkett laid down a bunt on the right side of the field, driving in another run. She also reached safely at first base, keeping the bases loaded in a 2-2 game.
Then came the big blast: Savinelli laced a triple to right-center field, scoring three more runs, and stole home on the next at-bat.
Quickly, the score went from 2-0 Trojans to 6-2 Sharks.
But that was it, in terms of offensive production, for the Hamden school. After their six-run third inning, the Sharks would not cross home plate for the rest of the game.
That wasn’t the case for the Trojans. With Savinelli still on the mound, Tennero tallied her second hit of the day — a single to center to sophomore center fielder Callie Chordas.
An inning later, down 6-3, the Trojans sparked an offensive outburst that gave them the lead for keeps.
Savinelli walked LH sophomore left fielder Alana Peruti to start the bottom of the fourth. Peruti promptly stole second base and scored on an overthrow to first base on a bunt by Reed.
Savinelli retired two of the next three batters before Chordas singled to left to tie the game at 6-6.
Chordas had three steals on the day, two of which came while senior third baseman Paige Hansen was at bat in the fourth. Hansen made going from third to home easy for Chordas by launching a home run to center field.
Savinelli finally got out of the inning a few batters later, but the five-run fourth had the Trojans ahead 8-6.
“We have a really fast team,” Lavado-Berghorn said. “We were able to get runners on with a walk or an error in the field, and then we were able to counter on that.”
Lyman Hall’s offense sprung for three more times in the bottom of the sixth. Tennero batted in a run. Peruti tagged a RBI triple and then came home on a passed ball.
Aside from the six-run third inning, Tennero silenced the Sharks. She surrendered three hits over seven innings while striking out nine. At the plate, Tennero was 3-for-4 with the two RBI.
Lyman Hall tallied 12 hits on 31 at-bats. However, the Trojans also committed four errors. Sacred Heart Academy had four errors as well.
The Trojans play their next game on Monday against Foran on a turf field. Because of this, Lavado-Berghorn is having the team practice on turf to prepare.
“Monday is our first turf game at Foran,” Lavado-Berghorn said. “So, we’re making sure that we practice the way we’re going to play.”