GHS Softball Defends Home Field
Glastonbury High School softball improved to 4-0 at home with a pair of convincing victories last week, defeating Lewis Mills 16-1 on Wednesday and Stamford 15-1 on Saturday.
In the win over Lewis Mills on April 13, the Guardians offense was firing on all cylinders from the opening pitch and racked up a total of 15 hits.
Natalie Lessard got things started in the first inning when she singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.
GHS standout pitcher Brooke Tracy allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out nine and walking zero. Gabby Lambert threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Olivia Sawyer took the loss for Lewis Mills, allowing nine runs over three innings.
Tracy and Sadie Scurto each had home runs with Tracy going yard in the first inning and Scurto putting one over the fence in the third.
The Guardians ended the game early with five runs in the fifth inning. Maddy Handrahan, Rayah Snyder, Alyssa Myers, and Gabby Lambert all knocked in runs in the final inning.
Lessard, Snyder, and Scurto each managed three hits, while Tracy and Lambert each had two hits.
In the win over Stamford on April 16, Tracy was equally impressive from the hill and the plate.
Tracy had four hits, including a pair of homers, and drove in nine runs. The senior homered in the first, singled in the third, doubled in the fourth, and homered in the fifth.
On the mound, Tracy allowed only three hits, striking out 14 and walking none in a complete game.
Glastonbury again ended the game with the mercy rule by tallying six runs in the fifth inning. Tracy, Snyder, Scurto each tallied an RBI in the inning, while Molly Edgington connected on a solo home run.
The Guardians had 14 hits total and did not commit a single error in the victory, which improved the team to 4-1 this spring.
GHS Baseball Wins First Four of 2022
Glastonbury High School baseball is off to a strong start this spring behind a powerful offense, strong pitching, and a deep bullpen. The Guardians have outscored their opponents 43-16 through the first four games and have out hit their opponents 45-21.
The team started its season with a 13-4 victory at East Catholic on April 5. Trailing 4-3 in the top of the 7th inning, the Guardians exploded for 10 runs in the final frame. The 10-run inning was added by key singles from Elliot Hamilton, Dan Cantafi, and Kyle Stephens. A double from C.J. Butera and a triple from Drew Jean helped turn a one-run deficit into a nine-run victory.
Owen Stephens got the start on the mound and Cantafi entered the game in the 4th inning to get the win. Cody Heselton closed out the game with three strikeouts in the 7th inning.
Glastonbury racked up a dozen hits in the game with Cantafi, Butera, and Kyle Stephens contributing multiple hits.
On April 11, the Guardians won their home opener by downing Southington 4-2 at GHS. The home team took a late lead in the 5th inning following a triple with bases loaded by Butera. Owen Stephens, pitching on his birthday, threw a complete game with six strikeouts, allowing only two hits to get the win.
Three days later, the Guardians dominated Avon 17-8 thanks to 20 hits and 15 RBIs.
The Guardians broke the game open with five runs in the 4th inning. Cantafi went 5 for 5 and Elliot Hamilton was 3 for 4 at the plate. Hamilton, Drew Curto, Drew Jean, Jack Petrone and Beau Vardion also had multiple hits.
Daniel Beagle started on the mound and Hamilton earned the win, while Fernando Martins had his varsity pitching debut. Petrone closed the game out on the mound to register the save.
On April 16, the Guardians jumped out to an early lead against top-ranked Westhill, before cruising to a 9-2 victory. Owen Stephens was again solid from the mound and plate, throwing a complete game with six strikeouts, giving up only four hits against a strong Westhill line-up. The victory was aided by multiple hits from Hamilton, Cantafi, and Luke Fahey. The Guardians capped the win with a single from Cantafi and doubles from Fahey and Butera in the bottom of the 5th inning.
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