Brakettes take three of four from Rock Gold

The Rock Gold of Newton, Pa., salvaged the final game of a four-game series last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the previously-unbeaten Stratford Brakettes at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field.
The Brakettes won the first three games by scores of 5-2, 8-2 and 11-3.

Pitcher Chelsea Whitcomb stopped the Brakettes on three hits to record the victory for the Rock Gold, currently ranked No. 8 in the country for 18U Gold teams. Losing pitcher Tatum Buckley (2-1) also allowed only three hits and struck out seven but she was victimized by a first-inning unearned run in the loss, which snapped a 37-game win streak over two years.

Manager John Stratton’s club also defeated the Connecticut High School All-Stars 22-3 in a single, nine-inning game Thursday night.

Prior to that, Brandice Balschmiter (3-0) tossed a three-hitter and struck out nine batters as the Stratford Brakettes captured the championship of the 51st annual St. Louis Saints Invitational with a 3-0 win over the Saints at Millstadt Park.

The Brakettes (8-0) swept all six tournament games, including four via the mercy run rule, and outscored the opposition 43-2. Denise Denis’ RBI triple gave the Brakettes a quick 1-0 lead in the home first inning. Buckley’s fielder’s choice groundout made it 2-0. Brittany Lampert’s RBI single in the second capped the scoring for the Brakettes.

The Saints finished 4-2 in the tournament, including a 7-3 win over the Lady Rage of East Peoria.

In the winner’s bracket semifinals, the Brakettes rode the two-hit effort of Sydney Smith (2-0) to an abbreviated 10-0 run-rule win over St. Louis Academy. Val Suto, Jordan Whitley, Sarah Bencivenga, Dani Kemp, Hannah Cooper and Summer Damiano all had two hits. Kemp tripled and Whitley had a double.

Patti Sciglimpaglia (2-0) was the winner in the finale of pool play, an 8-0 mercy win over St. Louis Academy. Sciglimpaglia worked out of one-out, bases-loaded jams in the first two innings by recording two strikeouts and Buckley supplied the fireworks with two triples and four RBIs.

Amber Radomski and catcher Mary Sciglimpaglia both had two hits, while Patti Sciglimpaglia retired the last 11 batters to face her.