NORWALK -- The offense came to life in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Brien McMahon softball team on Monday afternoon against Trinity Catholic.
But it was too little too late.
Trailing by four runs, the Senators cut that deficit in half in the final inning but couldn't do much more as they fell 4-2 to the visiting Crusaders.
Errors, once again, cost McMahon. The team committed six fielding miscues, resulting in all but one of Trinity's runs being unearned. McMahon pitcher Jess Stamatis, in fact, allowed less hits than runs, surrendering only three base hits in the game.
McMahon allowed two runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth. The Senators were all but shut down by Trinity freshman pitcher Amy Hurd, but pieced together a rally in the seventh inning to make things interesting.
Stamatis led off the bottom of the final frame with a hard single to center field. Alex Schlater reached on an error, giving the home team two on with none out. After Nicole Angeley popped out, Alayne Martinez worked the count full but struck out.
That left it up to Natalie Leslie to keep the game going, which she did, by blasting a two-run single to center field.
"It felt really good," Leslie said of the clutch hit.
Sam Bardos came up next and, after falling behind 0-2, got it to a full count before smacking a single between shortstop and third to put runners on the corners. A pop up one batter later ended it.
The seventh inning brought plenty of excitement to the McMahon bench but, as Bardos said, "A loss is a loss."
Errors have hurt the Senators throughout the season.
"We've been in this situation before, this year. We don't get beat. We beat ourselves," McMahon head coach Dani Brown said. "We've just been up and down all season--even today."
"We tend to beat ourselves--a lot. It's not that the other team's better. We fall short," Leslie added. "I feel like we need to not get down on ourselves and pick up our teammates."
The Senators fell to 4-8 overall. The team remains in contention for the postseason, and Brown is hoping that the squad can bounce back and put together a nice run to close out the campaign.
"This was a big game for us. I was expecting us to win today," Brown said. "We still need four more wins and it's definitely possible."
McMahon will host Darien on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then visit Ridgefield on Friday at 4:30 p.m.