Kaysee Talcik from Shelton earned three of the wins from the pitching circle when manager John Stratton’s Stratford Brakettes opened the season by going 6-0 to win the Cornfield Classic Championship in Lyons (Pa.) over the weekend.
Talcik and fellow Shelton native Brittany Lampert both return to help the Brakettes defend their Women’s National Championship.
At the Cornfield Classic, Talcik threw 16 innings, striking out 11, walking four and pitching to a 1.75 ERA.
Lampert is one of the team’s veteran players, entering her seventh season with the Brakettes.
While professional duties have curtailed her playing time the past two years, she still hit .302 and played a key role in the WMS championship victory. The slap-hitting outfielder has been a reliable player for Stratton and owns a .389 career batting average.
Following a standout career at Shelton High, Lampert enjoyed a brilliant career at Concordia College in New York with a .337 batting average and 36 stolen bases.
Talcik enters the 2019 season with the most experience on the Brakettes staff.
With the retirement of ace Brandice Balschmiter, Talcik has her sights set on taking over that role. Her two-year record is 21-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 141 innings.
She led the UMass-Lowell River Sharks to the America East regular-season title with an 12-8 record. Chosen to the WMS All-America team last season, Talcik fashioned a 15-0 record with 142 K’s in 98 innings. She also has a .304 career batting average.
Also, on the pitching staff for the Brakettes are Bucknell’s Raeanne Geffert (8-1, 0.73) of Seymour, last year’s Women’s National Championship MVP and Outstanding Pitcher recipient. Boston University’s Ali DuBois, the 2018 Rookie and Freshmen of the Year in the Patriot Conference, returns after an injury limited her to 4 decisions (3-1, 1.67 ERA) last year. She compiled a 23-11 record for the Terriers this spring. Cheshire’s Abby Abramson (2-0) of Cheshire missed most of the 2018 season with a broken finger, while Ansonia’s Nicole William (6-0) of Manhattan and BU freshman Julia Hanfield complete the staff.
Team Connecticut comes to DeLuca on Friday at 7. Tanner Pride (Mass) is in for a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday.