Christina Calascione’s RBI single didn’t travel far, but was more than enough to secure Fontbonne Hall a championship.
“It wasn’t a big hit,” the junior said. “It wasn’t one of the best hits, but a hit is a hit.”
The junior blooped a single between shortstop and second base in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring home the eventual winning run in the host Bonnies 7–6 win in Brooklyn-Queens softball on Friday.
The victory on the team’s Senior Day earned Fontbonne the league’s regular season title — the first Brooklyn team to do so since the league, historically dominated by Queens squads, went to one division three years ago.
“Just knowing we are a Brooklyn team, I feel like people doubted us coming into this season,” Bonnies ace Nicolette Trapani said. “I was really glad and proud of how far we came.”
Fontbonne (10–2) had to come back twice, and was looking to rebound from a loss to Archbishop Molloy two days earlier. They trailed 3–0 after the first inning. Natalia Sroga’s two-run single got them even at 3–3 in the second and the Bonnies pushed ahead 5–3 after four.
“They played big,” Fontbonne coach Frank Marinello said. “They came back.”
The Terriers (8–3) tied things up in the fifth and took a 6–5 lead in the top of the fifth, thanks to an RBI single from Briana Emanuele, who had three hits.
Trapani allowed six runs, four unearned on four hits while striking out 12, despite not having her best stuff. She had to get out of one more jam in the top of the seventh when St. Francis Prep got a runner with one out.
Marinello put senior Samantha Wojcik in at first to get her in her final home game. Trapani said she warned her to be ready for a groundball her way based on the pitches she was throwing. Sure enough Wojcik got that chance as she fielded the ball hit to her, stepped on first and threw to third for a game-ending double play.
“I’m proud of her,” Marinello said. “Unbelievable [play].”
The players feel proud to be representing Brooklyn so well, as they hope to eventually bring home the diocesan title, too.
“We are a little school on the hill on Shore Road,” Calascione said. “It means a lot that we came this far.”Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewsk