Trinity topples Wilton softball team

The Trinity Catholic Crusaders pounded out 16 hits in their 11-5 victory over the Wilton High softball team on Thursday in Wilton.

The loss drops Wilton’s record to 0-6 on the season, while the Crusaders are now 3-2.

Trinity plated a run in the first without the aid of a hit. A walk, a sacrifice, and an error gave Trinity a 1-0 lead. Trinity then used two singles to score another run in the top of the second inning for a 2-0 lead.

Wilton got a run back in its half of the second. Julia Schiavone reached on an error and came around to score on a single by Nicole Kosar.

Trinity tacked on two more runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead on a double by Allison Pitasi, but the Warriors answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Nicole Amato opened the inning with a bunt single and scored on Lizette Roman-Johnston’ s two-run homer. Roman-Johnston’s shot split two Trinity outfielders.

With their lead trimmed to 4-3, the Crusaders put runs across the plate for the fourth straight inning, this time scoring three in the fourth to go ahead 7-3. Wilton committed two errors on the same play, and the visitors also had three in the rally.

The Warriors continued to keep the game close, getting two runs back in their half of the fourth. With two down, Amato singled. Ally Rauccio then walked and Sage Zunda followed with a two-run  double to make the score 7-5.

Trinity’s starting pitcher, Amy Hurd, held the Warrior offense in check the rest of the way, keeping the hosts scoreless over the final two innings.

Trinity scored three more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh for the 11-5 final.

The Warriors collected eights in the game, with Roman-Johnston going three-for-four and Amato two-for-four.

Zunda pitched a complete game for Wilton and took the loss. Rauccio had a solid defensive game at shortstop, while Amato turned in the defensive gem for the Warriors, going back to track down a long fly ball that she snagged snow-cone style.

“We’re young all around and we will still be young next year," said first-year Wilton head coach Brian Jacobs. “We need to better execute fundamental skills at the plate to get more runners on base to create more scoring opportunities. We also need the players in the field to communicate better to help our defensive play."