Next stop for Wamogo is Class S quarterfinals
Wamogo shortstop Savannah Wheeler fires to first base after stepping on second base for an out during a 4-0 win over Old Lyme in the Class S tournament on Wednesday. John McKenna photos
Wamogo is on its way to the Class S softball tournament quarterfinals after defeating Old Lyme 4-0 on Wednesday.
The Warriors (18-4) will host Hale-Ray (18-4) Friday at 4 p.m. in their bid to return to the tournament semifinals.
But first the Warriors will have to get past a solid Hale-Ray team.
"We have to go in condident and know that we have each other's backs," said sophomore pitcher Samantha Sylvester, the daughter of coach Dave Sylvester.
Sylvester was brilliant against Old Lyme, tossing a four-hitter, striking out seven and not allowing a runner past second base. In the top of the sixth inning, with runners on first and second and no outs, Sylvester showed her defensive skills by snaring a line drive hit back at her, turning and firing a strike to shortstop Savannah Wheeler to double off the runner at second base.
Wamogo did the job defensively all afternoon, according to coach Sylvester.
"The defense was phenomenal, just an all-out effort," he said. "Every time they had a chance to do something, we came up with a big play. That was the key to the game."
Wamogo struck for three runs in the first inning. Danielle Maliszewski got things going with a single, advanced to second on a single by Sylvester, and scored on a single by Caitlyn Maliszewski. Wheeler drove in Sylvester with the second run and Mackenzie Harnett delivered Caitlyn Maliszewski with the third.
The three runs would be enough for Sylvester, who kept mowing down Old Lyme's hitters. Wamogo added an insurance run in the sixth when Paige Mitchell, running for Harnett, scored on a bases-loaded walk.