Girls on Dominant Win Streak; Helmedach & Labasi Reach Milestone

Following a slow 3-4 start to their season, the Coginchaug girls softball team soon got on a five-game hot streak in which they outscored opponents by a score of 89-5 (including shutting out two teams entirely), bringing the team to 8-4 overall. The girls have been working very well together and have been improving dramatically over their last five games. They appear to be playing like a completely different team than their start to the season.

Destiny Helmedach reaches 100 hits and celebrates with friend Cami LeClaire of Morgan.

Natalie Labasi celebrates her 100th hit.

This win streak meant a little more to two seniors on the team this season. Destiny Helmedach and Natalie Labasi both reached the same milestone: reaching 100 hits. Helmedach’s 100th hit came during a 23-0 blowout win against Morgan, while Labasi’s hit came just four games later as the girls dismantled Cromwell by a score of 18-3. This is a feat not many softball or baseball athletes are able to achieve, and it was even sweeter for the both of them that they were able to share this moment together; both girls have played varsity all four years, won 49 regular season and state tournament games, reached one state tournament semifinals game, and made it to one Shoreline championship game (where they fell short to North Branford by a score of 16-8).

Despite their tough losses thus far this season, the girls have managed to remain undefeated (5-0 overall) at home. This undefeated streak will hopefully bring the girls some much needed momentum as they prepare to face tough Shoreline opponents, such as Haddam-Killingworth, North Branford and Valley Regional, in the coming weeks. As all the seniors (Helmedach, Labasi, Grenier and Donnelly) look towards the remainder of the final sport they will play as a Coginchaug Blue Devil, they set their eyes towards finishing the season strong and returning to battle for another Shoreline Championship and State Championship.


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