Conigliaro weaves one-hitter

Published 8:41 am Thursday, April 18, 2013

JACKSON – Almost perfect.

Lawrence Academy pitcher Giovanna Conigliaro surrendered a questionable early first inning hit, but from there did not allow a runner past second base as LAW topped Northeast Academy 8-1 here Monday at the Northampton County Cultural &  Wellness Center Softball Fields.

It also didn’t help that the Lady Eagles committed six errors.

Conigliaro gave up one run on one hit – that some felt should have been scored an error on the Lady Warriors outfielder – and she struck out three while walking four; and her defense made zero errors.

Hayden Thompson paced Lawrence at the plate, going three-for-four and driving in a run. Sydney Brabble and Kennedy Dail were both two-for-four and had two runs batted in apiece. Priscilla Lundsford also drove in a run.

“We finally look like we’re coming together as a team and we’ve been struggling all season because we’ve not been playing together,” said LAW coach Kristy Nobles-White. “I hope this will be a turning point for us and we’ll have a big next three weeks.”

Northeast broke onto the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first when Chelsea Rose walked, stole second, stole third and came home when Robyn Barnes hit a moon-shot to right that was misjudged in the afternoon sky by the LAW fielder and the ball fell beside her. The play was officially scored a hit.

Lawrence came back to take the lead in the top of the second as Madison Ambrose led off with a single to right and took third on Erin Sawyer’s base hit down the third-base line. Ambrose then made a bold, and successful, steal of home plate to tie the game at 1-1. After a groundout, Harley West delivered Sawyer for a 2-1 Warrior lead.

Three more LAW runs were posted in the fifth inning when Lundsford opened with a walk, was sacrificed to second and scored on Brabble’s RBI to right.  Thompson followed with a double deep to center to move Brabble to third both came home on a single to center by Dail. Lawrence led it 5-1 after five.

The Warriors got their final three runs in the sixth when Maddie Warren reached first base on a dropped third strike.  Warren then stole second and came home when Lundsford singled to right and took second on the throw. Chelsea Ginn later delivered Lundsford and came home herself on Thompson’s third hit of the game.

From there, the Warriors left the rest to Conigliaro. Barnes took the loss for NEA surrendering eight runs on a dozen hits with three strike outs and she only walked one.

“We’re making good swings we’re just not making contact,” said Eagles coach Joella Brown. “Defensively we just can’t have bad innings because some of those six errors came on routine plays.”

Lawrence played Oakwood on Wednesday before hosting Ridgecroft today (Thursday) while Northeast will be on the road today at Terra Ceia Christian.