STAMFORD, Conn. Westhill softball coach Tom Pias chief concern as the Vikings try to get back to the Class LL championship game is hitting. If Saturdays 14-0 romp of intracity rival Trinity Catholic is any indication, the Vikings look to have the punch necessary to contend again.
The Vikings ripped 11 hits, including a three-run home run by Emily Spoto, en route to the big victory. From top to bottom and the first out to the last, Westhill (1-1) hit the ball hard against Trinity freshman Amy Hurd.
It was what we needed, coach Tom Pia said. Some kids who have been struggling preseason got hits, they get got their confidence back. It was a good day.
Tami Wises two-run double sparked a four-run first inning for Westhill, which also included an RBI single by Allison Macari and an RBI double by Morgan Kurtz. In a seven-run third, Kurtz struck again with a two-run single. Macaris bases-loaded triple finished the inning, while Spoto and Allie Souza also had RBIs in the inning.
Macari had three hits on the day, while Souza, Spoto and Kurtz had two each. The offensive explosion made it easy for Macari, who allowed one hit in three innings of work before being relieved by Spoto. Macari finished with seven strikeouts.
Trinity Catholic (1-2) finished with two hits, including a booming double by Kate Spielman. Trinity has just one senior and two juniors on its roster. Hurd is a promising talent, but was overmatched against the experienced Westhill sluggers. Hurd is one of several young players from Norwalk on the Trinity roster who has been a standout in a town travel softball program.
The kids have to grow, and I think that we saw some growth today, Trinity coach Tom Kriz said. Amys a freshman and shes a bit green, but shell bounce back. Shell be fine. Theres potential there.
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