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Coginchaug Beats St. Bernard 6-0 to Win Softball Title

Senior Lauren Esposito strikes out 11 Saints to lead Blue Devils to Class S softball championship.

 

Coginchaug senior Lauren Esposito put in one of her most impressive efforts in a Blue Devils uniform while leading the school's softball team to a 6-0 win Friday over St. Bernard in the Class S softball championship. 

The left-hander struck out 11 Saints batters and drove in three runs in her final game in red and blue and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

"It's the best feeling and when it's with such an amazing group of girls you couldn't ask for anything better," Esposito said.

The game was scoreless in the bottom of the third inning when Marissa Puchalski hit a line drive into left field. The ball got past Saints' outfielder Kiely Smith and Esposito raced all the way from first base to score. 

Coginchaug (23-4) took a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning after Esposito knocked in two runs on a double to left-center and Kayla Votto's RBI single.

"Just so happy for them," said Coginchaug coach Ann Moscovics. "They've worked hard all season. They're a tight group of girls, they're all good friends and that helped us all season. Our bats were on."

The state title is Moscovics fourth as Coginchaug coach. The win was Esposito's fourth championship this year — she also won a Shoreline Conference title in soccer and softball and a state championship with the basketball team.

While St. Bernard (15-10) managed just two hits off Esposito, the Blue Devils finished with 10 hits against Saints' stater Rivkah Berkman.

Coginchaug outscored its opponents 36-2 in the Class S tournament.

Brenda Eddy June 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
CONGRATs What a wonderful accomplishment. The girls have been on fire this year. WTG
Marilyn Horn June 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Bravo! What great news!
steve anastasio June 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
congrats to the crhs blue devils sball "team". u all played amazing tonight and this whole year. u deserve to be champions. we are all so proud of you.
lifeisgood June 09, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Congrats to the Lady Blue Devils!
Karen Kean June 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
so proud of the whole team. what a year for girls sports at COGINCHAUG. Congratulations. Can't wait for the banquet!!!!! ;o))
Jeannie Gugliemino June 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Fantastic! Congratulations Lady Blue Devils on your win and hard work!

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