Trumbull SportsBeat: Best Girls' Pitching Performances

Some of the best pitching performances by girls in Patch area.

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10. LAUREN REILLY () Ace of the Panthers staff fired a 2-hit shutout and struck out eight hitters in a key 5-0 victory over Bunnell High School.

  9. JENNA BRAND () Brand has been brilliant for the Milford-based school this season, but she was never better than she was on April 28. Brand twirled a no-hitter on April 28 over Career High School.

 8. JESSICA DEMAIO () On April 18, the senior pitcher extinguished rival New Canaan's five-game winning streak when she fired a no-hitter. She struck out 10 and just missed the perfect game when she walked a  batter in the sixth inning. Demaio also had three hits against the Rams in the 5-0 win.

7. KYLA PATAKI () One of the best all-around players in the state, Pataki has really excelled on the mound. Facing Barlow in April, Pataki surrendered just one hit while striking out 14 hitters in the nail-biting, 1-0 victory.

6. TATUM BUCKLEY () Just a sophomore, Buckley has quickly become one of the best pitchers in the state. On April 12 against Newtown, Buckley was overpowering, striking out 10 hitters on her way to a no-hitter against Newtown in the 12-0 victory.

5. ASHLEY GUILLETTE ) The freshman pitcher has burst on to the state softball scene in a big way. Guillette has been a star for the Tigers in 2012. On May 4 against Bethel, she went the distance to beat Bethel 4-0, striking out 15 while surrending just one hit. But her best and most clutch performance came against Masuk, a perennial power. Guillette struck out 17 and gave up just three hits en route to the 2-1 victory.

4. JESS HARKNESS (Foran) In one of the biggest games of the season, Harkness, pitching for the came up with a top-notch performance. Taking on Amity, the 10th-ranked team in the state in the game on the April 30, Harkness struck out 11 on her way to recording a no-hitter. Foran won the game, 3-0.

3. PATTY SCIGLIMPAGLIA () The ace of the Bears' staff has been brilliant during her career at Norwalk High School. She turned in one of her best performances against Trinity Catholic in early April. The senior pitcher racked up 15 strikeouts on her way to tossing a no-hitter.

2. YESENIA EVARISTO () It's tough to pick just one dominate performance by Evaristo because she is nearly untouchable every time she takes the mound. On April 8 against Woodland, the senior pitcher tied a school record by striking out 19 hitters. Evaristo broke that mark when she struck out 20 hitters in a 2-0 loss to Oxford. We'll go with her performance on May 2 when Evaristo had 16 strikeouts in her no-hitter against Weston to run her record to 9-2 on the season.

1. MEAGAN HALLIGAN () Nothing trumps perfection. Halligan has been a strikeout machine for North Branford this season, striking out 104 hitters in 72 innings. On April 11 in a Shoreline Conference game, Halligan was completely dominate against Portland. She struck out 11 hitters on her way to tossing a perfect game in an 11-0 victory.


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