Wednesday, May 2, 2018

St. Paul softall flying high during nine-game win streak

St. Paul softball lost 11-6 at Watertown on opening day.
It was a tough start for the reigning Class S state runner-up, but the Falcons turned it around and did so in a hurry.
St. Paul is 9-1 (8-1 NVL) going into today's 4 p.m. home game against Torrington. The Falcons have won nine straight games, and the lowest amount of runs scored in those nine contests was four, which happened in a 4-3 walk-off victory over Oxford on April 20.
St. Paul is led by a trio of .500 hitters. Junior Abby Poirot has blistered her way to a .579 average. Sophomore Katina Roy isn't far behind at .548, and senior Lindsey O'Bright is at an even .500. Throw in junior Jessica Persechino's .472, and the Falcons have four batters hitting .470 or better.
Poirot leads or is tied for the team lead in hits, RBI, doubles and triples. For power, look at Persechino with a team-high three homers and senior Katelynn Oullette with two dingers.
St. Paul has four players with 11 or more RBI, led by Poirot's 20 and Oullette's 17.
Looking for clutch hitting? The Falcons have had that as well.
There was the five-run bottom of the six inning against Westerly at Disney World that turned a three-run deficit into an eventual 6-5 victory on April 17.
On April 20, O'Bright's walk-off single in the seventh gave St. Paul a 4-3 win over Oxford in the team's first game back home. 
An April 30th home game against Holy Cross produced yet more drama. The Crusaders went ahead 5-3 after getting two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Falcons supplied a three-run response and won 6-5. O'Bright brought St. Paul within a run at 5-4 on a RBI single. Poirot's two-run double provided the tying and winning runs. The Falcons flexed their muscles earlier in the game when Persechino launched a solo home run in the fifth, which put the home team ahead 3-2. She also tripled to lead off the first and scored on Roy's RBI single.
In the circle, Poirot has started seven games and is 6-1 while Persechino is 3-0 inn three starts. Persechino also made a relief appearance in another game. Persechino has a 1.56 ERA while Poirot's is 2.96.
St. Paul will be playing Torrington today, then facing Derby on Thursday. Next Monday brings a NVL showdown against Seymour at home at 4 p.m.

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