The Westhill High School softball team avenged last season’s loss to Fairfield Ludlowe in the quarterfinal round of the FCIAC Tournament with an 11-4 home victory Wednesday afternoon.
Bunting, for a variety of reasons, figured prominently in the game.
In the first inning, with runners on second and third and one out, Vikings coach Tom Pia decided to have his No. 4 hitter — and starting pitcher — Allison Macari attempt a suicide squeeze. She popped the ball to third base, igniting a double play.
Ironically, when Macari came up to bat in the third inning she hit a two-run homer down the leftfield line that put the Vikings on top, 3-2.
Meanwhile, with runners on first and second and no outs in the fifth, Pia pondered having his hottest hitter, Cassandra Kish, lay down a sacrifice bunt. Pia decided against it, and Kish hit a three-run homer to left-center that was the decisive blow in the game.
“I was thinking of bunting Kish, but she’s been on fire,” Pia explained. “It’s a good thing I didn’t.”
AN UNDERRATED THIRD BASEMAN
The FCIAC appears to be loaded with talented third baseman this season. Kish is arguably the best, but one of the least heralded is the Falcons’ Brenna Martini, who had two hits and two RBIs against the Vikings.
Even more impressive was her defensive play, which should earn her consideration for postseason honors.