Vadas struck out a career high 17 last year, a great day save for the four that got away. One gets the sense if Vadas ever got that perfect game, she would count the number of times batters did not go down on three pitches.
St. Joseph has won four of the last five FCIAC titles, added the Class M championship last season and returns four of the top players in the league. Trumbull was the FCIAC and Class LL runner-up after having won the state championship the year before. The Eagles return seven starters.
STAMFORD — Gabby Laccona will never forget her collegiate softball debut. It came almost a year ago, during Ithaca College’s fall-ball season. Laccona was stunned when coach Deb Pallozzi announced the lineup. Laccona was playing shortstop and batting leadoff.
WEST HAVEN — The character of a team is often revealed in its darkest moments. Trailing Amity 13-0 and down to its last out in the Class LL final, the Trumbull softball team could have simply packed it in and no one would have batted an eye.
STAMFORD — Dana Serricchio paused for 30 seconds when I asked her yesterday to find a major difference between Melissa Giordano, Stamford High School’s first-year softball coach, and her predecessor, Tony Esposito.
TRUMBULL — Given the responsibility she has been handed this season, there was little reason to believe Trumbull pitcher Emily Gell was going to waver in the bottom of the sixth inning today against St. Joseph.
The top four seeds in last year’s FCIAC softball tournament finished within two games of one another, while just one game separated the bottom four seeds. In the end, the regular-season champion, Westhill, was defeated by No. 2 Darien in the final.