BRISTOL — After a pitchers’ duel in the first game of the District 5 Junior League Softball championship on Sunday, it was much of the same between Bristol’s Alex Sciarretto and New Britain’s Abby Wooten on Monday night.
But a near-perfect outing from Sciarretto helped Bristol pick up a 5-0 win in the second game of the best-of-3 series, clinching the district championship.
It feels great right now,” Bristol head coach Barrett Cretella said. “I could not be happier with the way the girls played tonight. Sciarretto pitched another great game. The defense was great. The bats took a little while to get it going but they got it done.”
Sciarretto allowed just five base runners all game long. In a complete game effort, she gave up just two hits while striking out 16 New Britain hitters.
Five New Britain hitters struck out multiple times, including the top two hitters, Xandra Silva and Wooten, who struck out three times each. Sciarretto even had one stretch from the second to the fourth inning where six consecutive outs were made via the strikeout.
Kizbelth Ortiz and Liana Silva picked up the two hits for New Britain.
Sciarretto’s performance comes as no surprise. She had 16 strikeouts on the mound in Sunday’s first game of the series, another 5-0 Bristol win.
“It’s just all about confidence and staying focused,” Sciarretto said. “Sometimes I have to get a new ball or take a quick breather. I just have to stay focused, and I think I did that today.”
Wooten wasn’t overpowered by Bristol’s offense by any means. The first three runs were scored on a wild pitch, an RBI single by Leah Dionne and a Lilly Lowe steal of third, in which no one was covering the base, allowing the run to score when the throw went into the outfield.
The big blow in the game was an RBI triple by Sophia Nocera in the seventh inning to plate the final Bristol run.
Wooten had a strong game on the mound as well for New Britain. In seven innings, she gave up six hits and three walks. She also had 11 strikeouts in the game.
“I thought my pitcher was phenomenal today,” New Britain head coach Leticia Silva said of Wooten. “I couldn’t expect anything more out of her. That’s a really good team over there. But Abby did a great job against them.”
Lowe was the strength of the Bristol effort offensively, reaching base three times and scoring three runs.
The win for Bristol not only means it sealed the District 5 championship, but now the team moves on to the sectional round of tournament play. Bristol will take on the winner of District 2 on Wednesday, July 11.
“We are extremely confident right now,” Cretella said. “We are going to go into every game and play our hardest. That’s basically all we can do.”