No time for much OT—we’re busy taking Notes in the Woods.
After suffering through a three-game losing streak last week, the Greyhounds recovered to win three in a row to improve to 4-3. Last Thursday, Naugatuck crushed Crosby, 20-4, in a six-inning game. Alexa Marucci earned the win in the circle and also homered, singled, and drove in five runs. Daniella Stoehrer added two hits, three runs, and three RBI while Gillian Fortier had a double, scored four runs, and had three RBI and Lianne Wallace had a hit, two runs, and two RBI. Last Friday, Naugatuck outlasted Wolcott, 14-13. The Eagles used a five-run seventh to take a three-run lead but Naugy scored four in the bottom half to walk off with the win. Stoehrer’s line drive with two outs allowed two runs to score when the ball was misplayed. Fortier was 4-for-4 while Stoehrer and Wallace had three hits apiece. On Monday, Naugy beat Sacred Heart, 14-2. Wallace was 4-for-4 with a homer, four runs, and four RBI while Fortier also homered and scored twice. Melissa Kirschbaum tripled, scored twice, and drove in two runs. This week, Naugatuck is on the road three rimes, at Holy Cross on Thursday, Kennedy on Saturday, and Woodland on Monday.
The Hounds continued to play well but suffered close losses this week as they lost two matched, 5-4. Last Thursday, Naugy lost to Crosby, 5-4. No. 2 singles player Jake Morrissey, No. 5 Sean Kim, and No. 6 Randy Kostka earned wins while the team of Kostka and David Justice earned a doubles victory. Last Friday, Naugatuck also lost, 5-4, to powerhouse Wolcott. No. 3 Jake Burrell, No. 5 Kim, and No. 6 Kostka earned singles wins while Kostka and Justice earned another doubles victory. This week, Naugy was set to visit Wilby on Wednesday before hosting Holy Cross on Thursday and traveling to Woodland on Monday.
The Greyhounds fell to 1-1 on the young season with a 173-184 loss to undefeated Torrington on Monday in Torrington. Mike Leona shared the medal by shooting a 41 on the par-36 course at Torrington Country Club. Nick Tribanas shot a 45 for the ‘Hounds while Tim Fleck and Jordan Bronko each carded a 49. Naugatuck will face Woodland on Thursday at Oxford Greens before hosting two straight matches at Hop Brook on Monday and Thursday.
Word from the Woods
Amid a stretch of playing seven games in the first two weeks of the season, the Hawks are off to a 2-5 start. Woodland lost to powerhouse Masuk, 12-2, last Thursday in Monroe. Woodland managed just three hits—one over the first six innings—as Mike Hardy and Ryan McKay scored on fielder’s choices in the Hawks’ two-run sixth inning. Last Friday, Woodland lost a back-and-forth battle with undefeated Torrington, 10-8. Woodland had leads of 3-1 and 5-4 before a five-run fifth by the Red Raiders put them ahead for good. Billy Alfiere pitched superbly in relief while the Hawks hammered a season-high 10 hits. Steve Baeder hit his first-career home run in the game. Woodland also lost, 10-8, to Watertown on Monday. Alfiere again pitched very well in relief to keep the Hawks in the game when they trailed, 9-3, in the third. Anthony Scirpo had two hits, a run, and two RBI while Nick Brown had two hits, a run, and an RBI. This week, the Hawks were set to face Seymour on Thursday, Wolcott on Saturday, Naugatuck on Monday, and Holy Cross on Wednesday.
The Hawks put together a 2-1 week to move to 5-1 on the season. After losing to St. Paul, 5-2, last Thursday, Woodland reeled off 5-2 wins over Torrington on Friday and Watertown on Monday. No. 1 Meg Wester, No. 2 Lauren Tremaglio, and No. 4 Julia Lawton were 2-1 on the week while the No. 1 doubles team of Angela Vallillo and Avery Gartman was also 2-1. No. 3 singles player Nicole Nelson also recorded a win while doubles player Eileen Hurley earned wins with Brooke Dragon and Amanda Olivera. Woodland was set to host Seymour on Wednesday before visiting Naugatuck on Monday. The Hawks have a nonconference match scheduled for next Thursday at Joel Barlow.
Track and Field
Both the Woodland boys and girls track teams remained undefeated with tri-meet wins over Wolcott and Kennedy Tuesday in Beacon Falls. The boys beat Wolcott, 102-48, and Kennedy, 113-35. Event winners for the Hawks included Tim Madormo (110 hurdles), Mike Lang (100 meters), Eric Dietz (400), Mike Torselli (pole vault), Scott Lang (javelin), Jon Fitzpatrick (triple jump), and the 4-by-800 and 4-by-400 relay teams, which included Marc Beaulieu, Adam Baz, Kyle Cranney, Nick LaPerriere, and Dietz. The girls beat Wolcott, 93-56, and Kennedy, 123-23. Event winners for the Hawks included Arica Watford (100), Tayler Boncal (400), Claire Burke (pole vault), Erika Tyrrell (discus), Kelsey Deegan (javelin), Ashley Riley (long jump), and the 4-by-100 relay team of Steph Dumond, Ashley Michie, Watford, and Boncal. Both teams are 7-0 and host Crosby and Naugatuck this week.