By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – After a brutal slate of CCC South contests to deal with, the Plainville softball team got a chance to catch its breath a bit on Thursday, May 2.
And in a CCC Interdivisional battle with Hartford Public, the Blue Devils made short work of its foe.
Smashing three first inning home runs, Plainville cruised to an easy 21-0 victory over the Owls from Alumni Field.
The Blue Devils broke a five game losing streak and moved a game back over .500, now 6-5 on the campaign with the win.
This game was simply tough for Hartford Public (1-10) as the Owls were battered from pillar to post as Plainville sent 18 batters to the plate in the first inning as three home runs led to an early edge and by the completion of two frames, it was a 18-0 contest in the Blue Devils’ favor.
“We have a tough stretch of five games getting into the conference and I think that we really wanted to come out and get a win today,” said Plainville coach Jen Micowski. “And the kids were excited to be able to do that and went with it.”
Plainville ended the suspense early with only one out recorded in the game.
Danielle Angelillo walked to start the run and Cheyenne Dalke slammed a home run to make it a 2-0 affair.
Katy Dressel got on board via a single and Rachel Lancaster followed up with a round tripper of her own and the Blue Devils surged in front 4-0.
With no one onboard and two outs, the returning Alexis Ruscito cracked a solo home run and Plainville’s cushion reached five to nil.
Later on, Shayla Beausoleil singled, Arelle Lozefski walked, and the top of the order was at the plate again.
Sarah Ercoli singled as did Daike, Dressel, Lancaster, and Beausoleil before the inning was completed as the Blue Devils led by a stunning 12-0 and never looked back.
In the second frame, the usual suspects singled with Ercoli, Angelillo, Dalke, Dressel, and Gina D’Amico leading the way and after two frames, Plainville pushed its lead out to 18-0.
In the Blue Devils’ third stanza, players took different approaches at the plate, laid down bunts and simply worked the ball and put it in play as the game was far out of reach for the Owls to come back from.
Lancaster saw some early time on the mound as Micowksi also mixed in other pitching options as well.
“Players took swings from the left side of the plate and worked on some slap hitting,” said Micowski. “We were able to mix in a few other pitchers which was good. We have some young kids that really never get a chance to pitch. Shyanne Bradley had an inning at the end of the game which she did very well in.”?“Nicole Basile got to pitch too and Rachel (Lancaster) had two innings of her own.”
Dalke drilled an infield single in the third frame but the home team did not score any runs.
In the fourth, the home squad piled on a few more runs as Angelillo had a bunt hit for an RBI, Dalke had a shot reach left field for an run and by the time the end of the tilt was completed, it was now a 21-0 tilt.
Micowksi switched some defensive positions around late in the fray as Dressel went to catch, Ruscito played at shortstop, Dalke eventually moved to third base, Basile had some fun in centerfield and Lancaster was a spectator in right.
“They pick on each other…they’re each other’s toughest critics,” said Micowksi of her team. “You have Katy (Dressel) catching that last inning and Alexis at shortstop yelling at her to do things she (Ruscito) sometimes doesn’t do right. So it’s fun because they put a lot of pressure on each other and then they have to play each other’s positions.”
“It was good.”
Hartford eked out one hit in the game, an infield hit by Brianna Ramos that could have been scored an error in the fourth inning.
However, in the grand scheme of things, it was another triumph by the Blue Devils, who certainly have tougher games ahead on its slate.
“I think that it’s good to get that sixth win and try to improve on our record in the first half of the season in the second half,” said Micowski. “We were 5-5 for the first 10 games. Our goal is to be better than 5-5 for the second 10 games.”
“We started off with a win and tomorrow (Friday), hopefully we can try to get one from Berlin in a night game over there.”
NOTES…From Sage Park in Berlin on May 3, the Redcoats went ahead in the game 13-0 before scoring eight unanswered runs to drop a tough 13-8 decision.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE