Fermi tops Enfield on Senior Night

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., May. 24, 2012
Freshman Lisa Lusardi throws a pitch in the first inning of a Senior Night match-up with crosstown rival Enfield. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Freshman Lisa Lusardi throws a pitch in the first inning of a Senior Night match-up with crosstown rival Enfield. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi Falcons softball team defeated the Enfield High School Raiders 17-1 on May 23 at Higgins Field in Enfield. The Senior Night victory gives the Falcons four wins in their last five games as they prepare to make a late-season run in the Class L state tournament.

“I thought that it was a typical Senior Night in the beginning,” said Sean Sweeney, Fermi head coach. “Once we started hitting the ball hard tonight, good things happened.  The first couple of innings we looked like it was Senior Night, we were emotional, they were a little uptight; it was understandable.”

The crosstown rivalry started out early as a pitcher’s duel between Fermi freshman Lisa Lusardi and Enfield senior Dallas Fonck. “I have a lot of respect for her [Fonck],” said Sweeney. “She was making us look silly in the first couple innings. Honestly, it took us four times through the order before we really started pounding the ball.”

The Falcons would get to Fonck first in the bottom of the second inning. The inning started with Danielle Lavender reaching first on an error and advancing to third on a groundout by Emily Quail. Danielle Jaques hit a sharp grounder back to the mound and Fonck faked the throw to first, retiring Lavender in a rundown between third and home. Jaques advanced to second during the rundown and third on an errant throw before being batted in on an infield single to short stop from Kerry Davis for the 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning Mellissa Urbon walked and stole second base to put the heat on Fonck. Fermi tacked on another run after Liz Rogers reached base on an errant throw from the infield, scoring Urbon.

“I thought Lisa did a great job keeping us in the game,” Sweeney said. “She was fighting the strike zone a lot tonight instead of making her pitches and hitting her spots, but for a freshman to do that on senior night is pretty impressive.”

Fonck would keep the Falcons quiet until the fifth inning, when Urbon reached base on an infield single Lusardi was hit by a pitch and Rogers reached first on a fielding error to load the bases. Lavender hit a single up the middle, scoring two runs and putting runners at first and second. Fonck retired the next two batters but was unable to get out of the inning when Davis hit a fly ball to right field scoring two more runs for the 6-0 advantage.

Enfield answered in the top of the sixth inning. Anne Nguyen led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kristen Serafin. Nguyen stole third base while Taylor Maier worked a walk, she would steal second. Nguyen scored after Sam Orszulak hit a hard ground ball to third and was safe at first on a fielding error. Lusardi would get out of the inning on a heads up play from her outfield. Enfield’s Shauna Fauteux hit a blooper to right field but was thrown out at first by right fielder Ashleigh Deleon, ending the rally and saving another run from being pushed across.

“We were right there,” said Albina Belisle, Enfield head coach. “I think we hung with them.”

Fermi came out in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. The Falcons led off the inning with a leadoff triple from Sam Delconte and a double from Urbon scoring Delconte for the 7-1 advantage. Urbon was batted in by a double to right center by Rogers to extend the lead to 8-1 . The Falcons batted around the order and scored 11 runs in the inning to end the game 17-1.

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