The Coginchaug softball team has gone 3-3 their first six games this season but has managed to remain undefeated at home through the season thus far. After losing four-year pitcher Gabriella Diaz, second baseman Taylor Marino, and third baseman Emily Smith, the girls are trying to learn how to play well together with these three varsity positions being vacated by the former seniors (especially the pitcher’s position). Freshman Taylor McDermott has stepped up for the Devils in these difficult times and has become the second pitcher for this team in five years.

After multiple rain delays, the softball team finally hosted their first game on Monday, April 10, against the Cromwell Panthers, who were 0-2 to this point. Maddy Montz was the first player to score for the Devils this season as they went 1-0 early on in the game. In the sixth inning, Destiny Helmedach got on base and stole to third, where she was sent home off of an RBI hit by Alex Grenier. The girls silenced a last effort at the top of the seventh inning by the Panthers and went on to win their first game 2-0.

Following two road losses to Middletown (4-2 final) and Hale Ray (3-9 final), the girls returned home on Friday, April 14 to take on East Hampton (5-1). East Hampton built up a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning and seemed to be in command until senior co-captain Natalie Labasi hit an RBI to tie the game 2-2. Reaching the bottom of the seventh inning, the game was still tied 2-2, but the Devils had a man on first and second. Labasi was walked, loading the bases for Helmedach who grounded in the game-winning RBI, allowing the Devils to win 3-2 and hand East Hampton their second Shoreline loss of the season.

After a brutal road game against North Branford (1-16 final), the girls returned home on Wednesday, April 19  in deep need of a big win to get to .500 on the season (3-3 overall). The girls started the game with a 5-0 lead over Old Saybrook after the first inning and didn’t look back. The girls stacked up a 14-0 lead in the fifth inning and, both teams cold and tired from the rain, called it quits after five.

With this win, the girls improved to 3-3 on the season. They will return to action on Thursday, April 20 in hopes to knock off the second team in Shorelines, Haddam-Killingworth.

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