New Canaan softball coach Danielle Simoneau is eager to turn the page after Monday's 15-2 loss to Stamford. The Rams surrendered 22 hits, made three errors, mishandled several other plays and looked anything like the team that started the season 6-0.
"When you're 6-0, there's a target on your back,'' said Simoneau, the team's first-year coach. "I'm glad it happened now rather than have it in the FCIAC tournament."
Stamford set the tone in the second inning. The Black Knights sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs, all of them coming with two out. Two errors helped doom the Rams. Stamford's Krista Robustelli fought off a tough pitch from Cydney Ventura and dropped a single into right field to score the first two runs. Lindsay Yanicky followed with a blast to deep left for a two-run double. Angela Altumara smacked a two-run triple in the inning.
"Sometimes it was me calling the wrong pitches, sometimes it was Cydney missing her spot,'' Simoneau said. "That's what [Stamford coach Tony Esposito] does to you. If you make a mistake, you'll pay. He's been doing that for years."
Lindsey Schmid smacked three hits for New Canaan, including a double and a triple, had one RBI and scored a run. Marlee Ready had two hits, including a double, and an RBI, and Courtney Rogers had a double.
New Canaan drew the attention of the league with a strong start, including wins over Darien, Norwalk and Danbury. "This is just one loss,'' Simoneau said. "We have to see how we'll respond."
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