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Lochten's Hat Trick of Homers, Pitchers Dominate ECD and Voodoo 13-0, 12-0

July 24 - by Ilan Woll - The USSSA Brakettes Invitational showcased several teams from the Northeast, and the Brakettes got to face two new opponents, the East Coast Drive of Blauvelt, NY and the Central Massachussets Voodoo on Saturday.

For the first game, Megan Good continued her dominance on the mound, striking out eight of 12 hitters, allowing only a single in the second to Steph Dean and a walk in the fourth. Over her first two games as a Brakette, she has allowed just three hits while striking out 24 in ten innings.

Meanwhile, the Brakettes scored early as Val Suto singled to center and Britt Lampert followed with an infield hit. A walk to Denise Denis loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly by Emily Lochten scored the first run. Tatum Buckley then grounded the ball to shortstop which was bobbled, and a further throwing error resulted in Lampert scoring for the second run of the inning.

Hannah Cooper started the second with a single, and curtesy runner Patti Sciglimpaglia reached second on a line drive single from Amber Radomski. Lampert then singled for the RBI. In the third, Lochten hit the first of her home runs to deep centerfield to extend the lead to four.

In the fourth, the Brakettes went on an offensive display. Radomski singled, followed by another hit from Danni Kemp. Suto then reached on an error, and an infield hit by Lampert brought in Radomski. Denis walked to plate another run and Lochten singled to score two more. With a wild pitch scoring Denis, consecutive walks to Tatum Buckley and Sarah Benicvenga loaded the bases. Jordan Whitley hit a strong ground ball up the middle, but Kirsten Savage robbed her of a hit, but still drove in a run. Further singles from Hannah Cooper and Amber Radomski and a defensive error resulted in a nine run inning and the Brakettes 13-0 win.

Emily Lochten finished the game with two hits and four RBIs. Britt Lampert and Amber Radomski added three singles, with Hannah Cooper contributing an additional two.

For the second game FAU's Tatum Buckley took the circle against the Central Mass Voodoo of Leominster, MA. Like Megan Good, she controlled the game, allowing just one hit, this time to Liz Dezrochers and one walk while striking out six in three innings.

The fireworks of Short Beach's Blues at the Beach festival extended to Emily Lochten as, following infield singles by Val Suto and Britt Lampert, Emily crushed a ball to rightfield for an early three run advantage.

In the second, Patti Sciglimpaglia singled, and, following a Hannah Cooper infield hit off the second base bag, Mary Sciglimpaglia drove in her sister with a line drive to rightfield, extending the lead to 4-0.

In the third, the Brakettes again finished with a fluorish. Lampert led off with a double, scoring on Denise Denis' double off the fence in right center. Lochten the launched her third shot of the night to right, which chased the starting pitcher out of the game. However, a Sarah Benivenga double continued the rout as Megan Good walked and Jordan Whitley's two bagger brought in another run. Patti Sciglimpaglia drilled a riseball to the leftfield fence, which Callie Andrews corralled, but did bring in another run. Hannah Cooper then singled Whitley to third. Amber Radomski hit a hard fly ball to left, for another sacrifice fly. Mary Sciglimpaglia added the Brakettes' fifth double of the inning, and an infield hit by Suto put runners on the corners, which was followed by an RBI single from Lampert for the final score in the three inning run-rule game.

Emily Lochten's two home runs and five RBIs in the game made her the unquestioned star of the night as she joined Denise Denis and Tatum Buckley for the team home run lead with seven each. Lochten also had nine RBIs over the two games. Britt Lampert hit successfully in each of her three at bats. Lochten, Val Suto, Hannah Cooper, and Mary Sciglimpaglia each had two hits as well.

The Brakettes return to Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Sunday for the third annual Battle of the Sexes, facing the Bridgeport Bluefish in a special 9-inning exhibition game. The following week the New York Swag come to Stratford on Thursday and Friday before the Brakettes visit Lyons, PA as the Spirit celebrate many of the Lehigh Valley's past greats. All games will be broadcast on brakettes.com.

Saturday, July 23rd
USSSA Brakettes Invitational
4:50 PM   8:00 PM
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRAKETTES 2 1 1 9 13 14 0
ECD 23U 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Batteries: Brakettes- Megan Good (W, 2-0) and Hannah Cooper; ECD- Tiffany Irrera (L), Erika Vasti (4) and Steph Dean
Homerun: Emily Lochten (5)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VOODOO 0 0 0 0 1 1
BRAKETTES 3 1 8 12 13 0
Batteries: Voodoo- Madison Milaszewski (L), Rachel Frisch (3) and Ali Lane; Brakettes- Tatum Buckley (W, 15-1) and Mary Sciglimpaglia
Homerun: Emily Lochten 2 (7)