SWC softball semifinal Defending champion Masuk advances past Newtown
STRATFORD — The team to beat marches on.
Now seven innings away from a SWC three-peat, the Masuk softball team advanced to Thursday’s final behind a 14-0 win over Newtown at DeLuca Field.
The No. 2 team in the GameTimeCT Top 10 Poll improved to 21-1 behind another commanding performance from Sam Schiebe and more than enough help from her lineup. Schiebe yielded just five hits in the win.
“We’re super-focused,” Bunovsky said. “It’s silly to say but we focus on staying focused a lot. We always talk about no matter what game we’re going to have all ouor attention on scoring first and playing the best we can.”
The game was a rematch of last year’s final — won by the Panthers 6-0. The Nighthawks were the last SWC team to defeat Masuk, a streak that has now reached two years. Schiebe and Meg McFarland each had three hits at the plate for the top seed.
Bunovsky will play her summer ball with the Brakettes before heading to Yale, and appeared to feel right at home with DeLuca Field on Tuesday. She hit a shot to center that scored two runs in the second that built a 4-0 advantage, then drove in another two with a single as part of a five-run fifth inning as Newtown switched pitchers.
“Each of them had a slightly different speed and one had a good changeup I had to lay off a few times,” Bunovsky said. “I was just looking for good pitches to drive up the middle.”
Newtown had a pair of chances to score with the game close — in the second and third innings with two runners on each time — but Schiebe ended each threat with a strikeout. Masuk scored nine times in the fifth and sixth innings to put an exclamation point.
“I think we knew at this point they wanted us,” Masuk coach Leigh Barone said. “We beat them twice already and especially in a tournament, and I think they came off pretty strong. They were making plays in the field and put the ball in play. They stuck in there for a while.”
MASUK 14, NEWTOWN 0
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