NORTH BRANFORD — For North Branford to win a sixth straight Shoreline Conference softball title this year, it was going to take more patience than the team knew it had.
Thunderbirds coach Nick DeLizio was sick with COVID-19 in April. The team was out of commission for two weeks because of contact tracing, unless you count the players working out on their own.
DeLizio recovered, but when the team got back on the field, it faced a daunting schedule — 13 games in 16 days, including five in the final five days of their regular season. They won 12 of the 13.