Naugatuck softball starting to put things together

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BY KEN MORSE
CITIZEN’S NEWS

The Naugy girls softball team sat at 9-6 and has started to put it all together.

Heading down the stretch, the Greyhounds are looking to remain consistent on offense and defense.

“Even in some of the games that we lost we were knocking at the door,” said Naugy coach Kevin Wesche. “We just missed out on a timely hit here and there and the defense didn’t always come up with all the plays needed, but lately we have been putting it all together.

“Some of the younger players have stepped up and our veteran players are setting a good example. I see us heading in a positive direction with some big games coming up.”

The Greyhounds had it all together against Crosby in a 14-0 win that ended the month of April. Leah Chatfield spun a two-hitter, striking out 14 and also belted out four hits at the plate, including a double and a triple.

Aryn Bombery blasted a pair of home runs (six RBIs) and now has six on the season. Sophia Onofrio and Lauryn Ramalho added a single and a triple with three runs scored and an RBI. Bethany Carroll (2 RBIs) and Phoebe Jagello (2 hits, run, RBI) had productive at bats.

Naugy went up against a red-hot Watertown team on May 1 and dropped a tough 4-1 decision. The Greyhounds managed just three hits to back the five-hit pitching of Chatfield, who struck out 12.

“We are young,” said Wesche. “Sometimes we don’t always get the timely hits but over the past few weeks I see us playing with a lot more confidence. The only game we haven’t been in is the 7-1 loss to Woodland.”

The Greyhounds got right back in the win column on May 3 with a 13-1 victory over Kennedy. Chatfield worked three hitless innings and struck out eight. Stephanie Sutherland finished up in the circle, going two innings and giving up a run on two hits while compiling four strikeouts.

Bombery slugged a single, double and a triple, good for two runs scored and four RBIs. Onofrio unloaded a pair of triples with three runs and three RBIs. Ramalho had three hits and four runs with Katie Umland two hits, two runs, two RBIs.

“We still have some games that will test us,” said Wesche. “We end up with Wolcott, we have Pomperaug coming up and we still have to face Holy Cross, so there are still some games left on the schedule that will prepare us for the postseason.”

Naugatuck was scheduled to play Holy Cross on Wednesday. The Hounds are slated to play Pomperaug on Friday.