With five freshmen and five sophomores on its 15-player roster, Greenwich’s softball team is going through a learning period this season and has shown signs of improvement as the year has progressed.
Seniors Madison Murphy and Bryn McConnell are the Cardinals’ only two seniors and Friday, the duo were honored by their teammates and coaches on Senior Day.
The squad’s seniors have provided significant leadership to the team’s underclassmen who are getting adjusted to playing at the varsity level.
“Murphy and Bryn McConnell have been great leaders the whole year and good role models all year,” Greenwich coach Mary Beth Fratello said. “Murphy has a broken hand but hasn’t missed a practice all year. They’ve been here every day.”
Murphy, who was expected to help lead the Cardinals at the plate and in the field, has missed most of the season due to her hand injury, while McConnell played in the outfield in Greenwich’s 10-2 loss to visiting Wilton on Friday.
The game was close for the first four innings, as Greenwich senior right-hander Sophia Blois and Wilton sophomore pitcher Sadie Klyver were involved in a pitcher’s duel.
Blois limited the Warriors to just one run on three hits over the first four innings, but the visitors strung together key hits and runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Sophomore outfielder Marin Burke doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout, putting Wilton ahead, 2-0, in the fifth inning. Junior infielder Katherine Costanzo then doubled off Blois, junior shortstop Avery Samai was hit by a pitch and both scored when senior Brooke Bohacs singled sharply between shortstop and third base, giving Wilton a 4-0 advantage.
Sophomore Grace DiBuono-Krafick added an RBI single in the inning, making it 5-0.
“She definitely pitched well,” Fratello said of Blois. “We have to work on getting her to go three more innings, she’s doing a good job those first four innings.”
That’s been the case this season, as Greenwich (2-15) has played a lot of its opponents close through the first four innings, before the opposition breaks the game open in the later innings.
Greenwich, which has experienced trouble scoring runs this season, plate a run in the sixth inning against the Warriors. Freshman outfielder Cameron Clark singled and sophomore Mia Gangi, who plays third base hit a base hit to right field. Gangi scored later in the inning on a wild pitch, cutting the Warriors’ lead to 5-1.
Wilton put the game away in the seventh inning, behind a two-run single by DiBuono-Krafick, a sacrifice fly and a bloop RBI single. Senior left fielder Ciarra Castro hit an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Cards, bringing home sophomore shortstop Casey Natale.
Greenwich has three games remaining in its season. They will visit St. Joseph on Monday, host Bridgeport Central on Tuesday and close out the season with a road game against Stamford on Wednesday.
“Our defense is definitely playing so much better than they were at the beginning of the year,” Fratello said. “We have to start putting it together, I know it’s late but we’re young, we’re learning and we’ll keep working on it.”