Softball: Derby drops decision to Platt Tech

Hampered by five errors that allowed Platt Tech to score three early unearned runs, the Derby High softball team dropped a 9-2 non-league decision to the Panthers on Monday afternoon.

Coach Joe DiMartino’s Raiderettes dropped to 3-14 overall with the setback at Foote Field in Milford and looked to snap a six-game losing streak yesterday against St. Paul Catholic (4-13) in Bristol.

Derby closes out the regular season with a home game today at 4:30 p.m. against Woodland (13-3) and Watertown (9-7) tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Brooke Pawlak threw a four-hitter for Platt Tech, which upped its mark to 14-4. She helped her own cause by adding two hits, two runs batted and one run scored.

Veronica Buzelle chipped in with three hits, including a run-scoring triple.

Shelby Mendillo drove in two runs for Derby, while Rachel Rizzo singled, walked and scored one run.

Rizzo allowed a one-out infield single to Amber Lewandowski in the bottom of the first, before Pawlak lined out to Andrea Albarella to center field.

Buzelle then hammered a triple to the right-center field gap, staking Platt Tech to a 1-0 edge.

An infield error on Amy Mulkern’s grounder allowed an unearned run to score, making it 2-0, and Amber Lewandowski singled up the middle, before Rizzo struck out Alyssa Lewandowski to retire the side.

Devin Cipriani reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the second, moved into scoring position on Erin Daly’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Pawlak’s two-out RBI single.

Derby pulled back a run in the top of the third.

After Albarella and Lindsay Sampson grounded out back to Pawlak in the circle, Rizzo drew a two-out walk.

She moved to second base when Pawlak uncorked a wild pitch, then scored when Mendillo flared a single to shallow left field.

Mulkern singled leading off the home half of the frame, before Broghan Lavery’s grounder was booted for an error that made it 4-1.

RBI singles from Pawlak and Autumn Lewandowski then made it 6-1 heading into the top of the fifth inning.

Sampson singled and scored on Mendillo’s base hit, cutting the deficit to 6-2.

Platt Tech then tacked on three more runs in bottom of the fifth, providing the final margin of 9-2, as Derby dropped its six consecutive contest following an 8-1 win over Crosby High back on April 25.

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