FAIRFIELD – The Central Lee girls improved to 9-4 on the year and 5-1 in the SEI Superconference after two wins at the Fairfield Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Hawks downed Van Buren 7-1 and New London 11-1 at the tournament to walk away without a loss.
In the opener, Central Lee loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first but failed to bring a runner around. Sophie Turner held the Warriors in check in the bottom half and then Central put up two in the bottom of the second keyed by an Alix Congdon RBI single. Shanna Buford would draw a bases-loaded walk to score another run and give the Hawks a 2-0 lead after two innings.
Van Buren cut the lead in half in the top of the third, but it was a big third inning that put the game out of reach for the Hawks. Central Lee put a 5-spot up highlighted by Bella Steffensmeier’s first home run of the year. The senior connected on a 1-2 pitch and drove it on a line drive over the centerfield fence for a 3-1 lead.
Abby Simmons would then draw a walk, but Van Buren would get the next two hitters for two outs. Congdon would wear a pitch and Meghan Hopp would single to load the bases. A line drive to center from Kenna Sandoval would be mishandled allowing three runs to score on the play.
Sandoval would score on Buford’s triple to right to set the final at 7-1.
Turner went five innings giving up just one earned run on six hits while striking out two. Hopp and Congdon each had two hits and an RBI on the night.
In the second game, the Hawks again got a big third inning with 9 of the first 10 hitters reaching. Bailey Schwartz had a double to left that scored three runs as part of an 8-run inning. All eight runs came before New London could record an out.
Sandoval had three hits to lead the Hawks at the plate and scored two runs. Congdon, Buford, and Young each had multiple hit games in the win. Hopp got the win going five innings and giving up just one earned run on three hits, while fanning four and walking none.
The Hawks travel to Danville on Monday before hosting Holy Trinity Catholic on Tuesday night.