Chiaramonte, a four-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-American, pitched for the Bluefish.
“I think they will struggle with the Brakettes pitching,” Chiaramonte said before the game. “For some reason baseball players think hitting a softball is ‘easier.’”
In the end, the Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Stratford Brakettes 2-1. Pitching in relief, Chiaramonte went four innings and picked up the win, giving up five hits, no runs with two strikeouts.
After completing her collegiate playing career in 2012, Chiaramonte continued to compete as a member of the Stratford Seahawks amateur softball team and has faced the Brakettes before.
“Sometimes when I play against them I feel like no matter where I throw the ball they hit it,” she said. “The Brakettes lineup is one of the best lineups I have ever faced so every time I play them I try to have a different approach. They are a great team and if you don’t mix it up against them they will make it hurt.”
A Lady Bear from 2009-2012 and the only four-time USCAA All-American in St. Joseph’s history in any sport, Chiaramonte rewrote the St. Joseph’s record book and owns all but one SJC career pitching record. She compiled 65 wins in the circle with nine no-hitters and five perfect games and averaged nearly nine strikeouts per seven-innings.
Chiaramonte will enter her third year as assistant coach of the Lady Bears softball team this season.
Asked if she felt any nerves playing in the Battle of the Sexes, she said, “Not really. I love this game. I’m just happy to be a part of something like this.”