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Staples Softball Toppled by Darien's Bats

Not much went wrong for the Staples High School softball team on Monday except that they were outhit by a red-hot Darien squad. The Wreckers dealt with tough luck as they made solid contact all evening, but almost always right at a Blue Wave player. Darien had the opposite luck, seeming to find the holes in the Staples defense with every hit. Darien pulled away to hand the Wreckers just their third loss of the season, 9-3.

"Darien is a very good ball club and you can't make any mistakes. We only made a few tonight, but they took advantage," Staples head coach Mark Giordano said. "We had runners on and we were showing what we had, but then we started getting under the ball and hitting lazy fly balls. You just can't do that."

After a quiet first two innings, Darien got off to a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run double by pitcher Jess DeMaio. Staples answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Alex Masiello ripped an RBI double to cut Darien's lead to two. Shannon Connors followed that with a two-run home run to tie the game.

Staples got six straight batters on base and had the bases loaded with one out. The Wreckers couldn’t capitalize and that would be the only offense they would muster for the night. DeMaio was brilliant the rest of the game, retiring 12 of the final 14 Staples batters. The Wreckers failed to get a runner past first after the third inning.

Masiello finished 2-for-4 on the night while Catherine Lamanto wound up 2-for-3. Nikki Bukovsky reached base three times, but was stranded each time. Giordano was convinced it was just an unlucky night for the Wreckers.

"We'll bounce back from this, no question," he said. "This is just a bump in the road. We don't give up."

Staples will try to finish a three-game home stand on a positive note when it hosts Norwalk on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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