Maliszewski sisters are double-trouble for opponents
Sisters Caitlyn, left, and Danielle Maliszewski have been key contributors for the Wamogo softball team this season. ~ John McKenna photo
When Caitlyn Maliszewski was sidelined with mono for most of Wamogo's 2017 softball season, she left big shoes to fill at the catcher's position.
Those shoes were filled capably by someone Maliszewski knows well, her sister Danielle. Danielle donned the catcher's gear and caught Wamogo ace Cyrena Zemaitis as the Warriors made it all the way to the Class S tournament semifinals.
"At first I felt bad about it, but catching Cyrena was a thrill and I was glad I could fill in and do what I could," Danielle said of her freshman season.
Caitlyn caught Zemaitis as a freshman and sophomore. This spring, with her sister anchoring the catcher's slot, Caitlyn was inserted at second base by coach Dave Sylvester. With her athletic ability and range, Caitlyn is an outstanding defender and one of Wamogo's leading hitters.
"It's been a wild ride to say the least," Caitlyn said of the past two springs.
Danielle, meanwhile, has developed into a solid catcher working with this year's ace pitcher, Samantha Sylvester. Despite losing the catcher's position to her younger sister, Caitlyn harbors no hard feelings. Both are all about the team and supporting each other.
"Like any sisters, we have our moments, but we're always there for one another," Caitlyn said. "I have her back and she has mine."
Perhaps the hardest job Danielle had this season was reading the speech she wrote about Caitlyn on Senior Day in late May.
"It was very emotional and very tough," Danielle said. "We've been playing together for two years and it feels like a lifetime. I don't want her to go, because she's such a huge part of our team."
The pair has at least one more game together, as Wamogo will face Stafford in the Class S tournament semifinals Wednesday at 4 p.m. at DeLuca Field in Stratford.