Saturday, June 11, 2016

Holy Cross softball wins second straight Class S state title

Holy Cross softball wrapped up its second straight Class S state title on Saturday afternoon.
Top-seeded Holy Cross softball wrapped up a second straight Class S state title with a 2-0 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame-Fairfield on Saturday afternoon at DeLuca Field in Stratford.
Junior ace Sarah Lawton allowed just two hits and struck out 10 while issuing just a single walk. 
Junior ace Sarah Lawton struck out 10 and walked one in a complete-game shutout. She surrendered just two hits.
The Crusaders scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning to support Lawton. With one out, freshman Allie Brown tripled. After a walk to Lawton, sophomore Alexandra Lombardo reached on fielder's choice to bring in the first run. Freshman Val Nobrega singled to load the bases, and after a flyout, junior Aubry DeFoe singled to score Lawton and make it 2-0.
Lawton struck out the side to begin the game, and she didn't allow her first baserunner until the third inning. Lawton gave up a leadoff walk, the a single, but Holy Cross managed to turn a triple play to escape trouble. Senior Lindsay Barton caught a bunt attempt for the first out, then threw to freshman Hannah Brown for the second out. Brown threw over to Lombardo at first base to complete the triple play.
Notre Dame-Fairfield didn't get another baserunner off Lawton until a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. Lawton struck out the final batter swinging to clinch Holy Cross' second straight state title. It's the third championship in program history.
 The Crusaders finished the season with a record of 24-3.

Holy Cross head coach Meg Dwyer secured her second state title in as many seasons on Saturday.

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