With the nucleus of last year's team returning, Greenwich's Mary Beth Fratello was confident that this season's squad was going to produce runs.
But lighting up softball stadium scoreboards at this rate? Well, not even the Cardinals coach saw this coming -- at least not this early in the spring.
Greenwich's bats were on fire on yet another cold afternoon, and this time a lot less drama would be involved.
The Cardinals pounded out 17 hits and used a seven-run second inning to stay unbeaten, turning back visiting Staples 14-5 Thursday afternoon.
The victory came less than 24 hours after Greenwich's epic 17-16 comeback win over Warde in 11 innings. It was the fourth time the Cardinals (6-0) have scored in double-digits on the young season, and they've already piled up 80 runs.
"I knew we were going to be able to score, but I can't say I knew we'd be able to score like this," Fratello said. "I felt like I needed heart medication during yesterday's game, so fortunately this one wasn't as crazy. We played well in all phases, it was a good win."
It was also a happy 18th birthday for winning pitcher Jessie Schelz (5-0), who tossed seven strong innings in relief on Wednesday before coming back with a six-hitter and striking out six on Thursday.
"I have a lot of confidence in my teammates," Schelz said. "They make plays behind me and with the way we've been scoring, it lets you go after hitters and be a little more relaxed. It's always nice to win on your birthday too."
Senior Rebecca DeCarlo was one of the offensive stars for the hosts. The Cards' No. 3 hitter capped the seven-run uprising in the second with an RBI single and would later lead off the fourth with a line drive home run over the center field fence. It was the second homer in as many days for the hot-hitting DeCarlo.
"We've all put in the work during the off-season and that dedication has continued during the season," DeCarlo said. "We've been swinging the bats really well, but you can't say enough about the job Jessie has done the last two days."
Leadoff hitter Colleen Bennett was a major catalyst in the win, going 3 for 5 with four RBI as the Cards surged to an 11-0 lead before Staples (2-2) plated three runs in the fifth.
For the Wreckers, Emily Lustbader and Christine McCarthy each had an RBI double, while freshman Gillian Birk drove in two runs with a two-out single in the fifth.
"I heard about Greenwich's game on Wednesday (the Cards trailed 14-0 before rallying) so that's really a lesson why you can never say its over in this sport," Staples coach Sara Holland said. "We kept battling but that's a team that can really hit. They played well all-around."
Erin White had four hits for Greenwich, while Kaitlyn Gowans, Dominique Gambino, Erin Ferguson and Madison Burhans each had multiple hits. Read Full Article
Greenwich 14, Staples 5
STAPLES 000 032 0--5 6 4
GREENWICH 070 430 X--14 17 1
Records: S 2-2; G 6-0. Batteries: S-Katherine Burke, Emily Lustbader (5) and Nicola Schenck; G-Jessie Schelz (W, 5-0) and Erin Ferguson.