Stafford comeback stuns Wamogo in Class S semis
Wamogo players were a dejected bunch after a 5-4 loss to Stafford in the Class S tournament semifinals at DeLuca Field in Stratford on Wednesday. Below, Cassidy Wilson, left, and McKenzie Hoyt made valiant efforts to catch the long drive that delivered Stafford's last two runs. ~ John McKenna photos
A memorable season for the Wamogo softball team ended one out away from a trip to the Class S tournament championship game.
The Warriors led Stafford 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday's semifinal at DeLuca Field in Stratford, but Stratford rallied for two runs on a two-out double by Emily Padegimas to win in stunning fashion.
Wamogo finished 19-5 and made it to the tournament semifinals for the second straight season. With a bunch of players coming back next year for coach Dave Sylvester, Wamogo will have a shot at another deep tournament run.
Wamogo was outhit 12-3 and was hitless against Hannah Davis until Danielle Maliszewski singled in the fifth inning with Wamogo leading 3-2. Maliszewski was thrown out trying to steal second and Davis retired the net two hitters to the stage for a solo home run in the bottom of the inning by Stafford's Julianne Milnes.
Despite being outhit, Wamogo stayed in the game by playing small-ball and taking advantage of four errors and a balk.
The Warriors had a chance to take the lead in the sixth inning when Savannah Wheeler singled and made it to third base, only to be stranded.
Wamogo took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Cassidy Wilson led off with a single, moved to second on Danielle Maliszewski's bunt, and scored on a throwing error.
Wamogo struck first in the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning on the combination of a walk to Wheeler, an error on Mackenzie Harnett's bunt, a balk by Davis and Cecily Zemaitis's groundout.
Cassidy Wilson gives Wamogo a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Third baseman Cecily Zemaitis sets for a throw to first base.
Second baseman Caitlyn Maliszewski makes a running catch of a fly ball.
Danielle Maliszewski is about to be tagged out on an attempted steal of second base by Abbe Minor.
Caitlyn Maliszewski steals second base ahead of the tag by Abbe Minor.
Caitlyn Maliszewski gives chase on a fly ball in shallow right field.
Centerfielder McKenzie Hoyt is about to catch a fly ball as shortstop Savannah Wheeler gets out of the way.
Savannah Wheeler fires a strike to first base for an out early in the game.