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.
WEST HAVEN – Timing is everything in sports.
Tonight in the state Class LL semifinals, the Trumbull High School softball team got the timely hits, and Eagles coach Jacqui Sheftz finished it off by making a perfectly timed strategical move.
FAIRFIELD – It was just one run, one first-inning run against a team that had won 26 of its last 27 games and had scored 10 runs the night before.
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.
It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
One of the most senseless phone calls of my sportswriting career took place on June 7. It was the day before the Stamford softball team played Trumbull in the Class LL semifinal. I had known for weeks that Black Knights coach Tony Esposito planned to announce at the end of the season that he would be retiring, but was asked to keep the news a secret so he didn’t become the story and take the spotlight from his players.
Sophia Barbour is savoring the final days playing this summer with the Connecticut Angels travel softball team. There is one more tournament remaining, then she is taking a trip to Spain before beginning her freshman year at Penn State.
Barbour is uncertain about her future with the sport — it is possible her final competitive game is imminent. Barbour thinks she will play college club ball and, because of her age, would be eligible to play one more season with the Angels.
The high point of the season evolved from the lowest for the Trumbull softball team, a humbling 11-0 home loss to town rival St. Joseph in the first round of the FCIAC Tournament.