The Trinity softball team was eager to remain above the .500 mark on the season when it took on Ridgewood last week, but strong pitching held the Blazers in check. Trinity lost the non-conference showdown 4-1, dropping back to 8-8 overall.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel, with both teams retiring the side for the first three innings of play. Ridgewood got on the board first, scoring in the fourth off a double.

With two outs and a runner at second, Ridgewood then came away with a home run to go up 3-0.

For the Blazers, Gina Consiglio led off the next inning with a single and then scored on a double by Alison Mazzura. Sarah Nokes also doubled but the Blazers couldn’t capitalize and left runners stranded at second and third.

Trinity showed great defense in the sixth. After a lead off walk, Consiglio fielded a hard hit grounder, stepped on the bag at second and fed Nokes to complete a double play. Third baseman Kelly O’Brien’s long throw to Nokes got the runner out at first to end the inning.

The Blazers tried to get back in the game in the bottom of the sixth, but could only muster a single. Ridgewood scored once more in the final inning, but left the bases loaded on a long fly out to left fielder Laura Gerambia.

In the bottom of the seventh, O’Brien, who has been batting .320, got Trinity started with a single to lead off. Then pinch-hitter Marissa Felder induced a walk. Although the next batter, sophomore Frankie La Deux, was out at first on a bunt, she advanced both runners. Unfortunately for the Blazers, runners were again stranded at second and third when the last out was made on a ground out.

The loss put pitcher Karen Wagner at 4-4.

“Our bats need to liven up earlier. We didn’t start hitting until the fourth inning,” said Wagner, who has been alternating starts with junior Allie Hernandez all season.

Consiglio is 12-for-12 in stolen bases this year and had a solid all-around game against Ridgewood.

“We really stepped up defensively today. We’re young, but we’re playing good for how young we are,” she said.

“It was a good game. We played well. They had a couple nice bats. That homer killed us. When Karen pitches, the ball is going to be in play and we know it. I thought Karen pitched a great game,” said Osborne after the game.

Trinity lost 1-0 to division rival Regina earlier in the week. The game went 10 innings and the pitchers dominated for a total of only five hits combined. Hernandez went nine innings for the Blazers, who play six games this week before the GCAC tournament begins May 10th.

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