SCC SOFTBALL Boccamazzo, Buccitti help Law shut down Lauralton Hall
MILFORD — Getting back to the SCC softball tournament was a long time coming for both Law and Lauralton Hall, but Law’s seniors had never played in one.
Gina Boccamazzo, for one, was determined to make the most of it. Her diving catch on a foul ball ended the fourth inning of Monday’s SCC quarterfinal game, which fourth-seeded Law won 5-1 at home over fifth-seeded Lauralton Hall to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.
“It’s a really great feeling,” Boccamazzo said. “In my four years, we hadn’t made the SCC tournament.”
It had been since 2014, in fact. But they jumped out to a quick lead Monday. Boccamazzo had a first-inning sacrifice fly to drive in the first run. Her two-run single in the second put Law (15-6) up 4-0. Law pitcher Brianna Buccitti needed no more than that.
They’ll face top-seeded and defending champion North Haven (19-2), the sixth-ranked team in the GameTimeCT poll, in Tuesday’s semifinal at 3:30 p.m. at West Haven’s Frank Biondi Field. The Indians beat Sacred Heart Academy 8-0 Monday behind Lauren Card’s perfect game.
Law beat North Haven in the Class L tournament last year on the way to the semifinals.
Lauralton Hall (16-5) waits for the Class M tournament. The Crusaders popped the ball up too much, coach Amanda Acampora said, and an offense that put up at least five runs in 17 of 20 regular-season games was stifled.
“That’s been something that’s really carried us through the season. We’ve outscored opponents by a great margin, and our bats didn’t show up today at all,” Acampora said.
“We’ve struggled with this pitcher twice now.”
Crusaders senior Mel Allen drove in their only run with a sixth-inning double.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gina Boccamazzo had three RBIs and made a brilliant diving catch to end the top of the fourth.
“Gina is just a godsend right now. She switched from third to catching, no questions asked, and every day, you hear, ‘I’m starting to like this,’” Law coach Melanie Blude said. “She loves the responsibility of calling the game and really getting into the heads of the batters.
“She’s vocal. She’s enthusiastic, everything you need in a catcher.”
SETTING THE TABLE
Courtney Hanson went 3-for-4 with an RBI ahead of Boccamazzo, making her the only player in the game with more than one hit.
FIVE O’CLOCK LIGHTNING
Actually 5:40 lightning: A rumble of thunder and a flash sent the teams to a storage room in the school building as the top of the sixth was about to begin. They were joined by the Law and Bunnell junior varsity baseball teams, who’d been playing on the adjacent field. Softball resumed after a delay of about 35 minutes.
Law shortstop Cali Jolley dropped down a bunt single to lead off the bottom of the first. It was her 130th career hit, breaking the school record held by Melissa Nelson, class of 2012.
“When they’re playing back, she’s got to drop it in,” Blude said.
Jolley scored two runs and was hit twice by pitches. The first, with the bases loaded, brought in a run.
“We’re happy with 16 wins. We had nine the last two years, so 16 wins, the first return to the SCC tournament in two years: I’m proud of getting there, not proud of our performance today, but I am proud of them for getting to this tournament, and I am proud of 16 wins.” —Lauralton Hall coach Amanda Acampora
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Records: Lauralton Hall 16-5; Law 15-6. Batteries: LH—Nicole Kerstetter (L, 5-2), Lauren Wasikowski (2) and Gianna Coppola; L—Brianna Buccitti (W, 13-6) and Gina Boccamazzo.