Wamogo pushes through to Class S softball semis
Wamogo players celebrate as teammate Caitlyn Maliszewski scores after belting a home run during a 7-0 win over Norwich Tech in the quarterfinals of the Class S tournament on Friday. Below, Warriors' pitcher Cyrena Zemaitis delivers a pitch during her masterful two-hit shutout. John McKenna photos
It's on to the semifinals of the Class S softball tournament for Wamogo.
The Warriors advanced to a showdown against Holy Cross of Waterbury by defeating Norwich Tech 7-0 on Friday as Cyrena Zemaitis tossed a two-hitter and struck out 17. The semifinal with Holy Cross will be played Wednesday at 4 p.m. at West Haven High School.
Wamogo will be making its first-ever appearance in the semifinals. The Warriors will take a 20-3 record into the game against defending Class S champion Holy Cross (24-2).
Mackenzie Harnett and Caitlyn Maliszewski homered for the Warriors and Savannah Wheeler doubled twice and drove in three runs to power an 11-hit attack. Harnett added two singles to go with her round-tripper.
Wamogo scored twice in the third inning, once in the fourth and four times in the ffith inning to put the game away. Zemaitis and Wheeler had RBI doubles in the third inning and Harnett blasted a solo homer in the fourth.
In the fifth inning, Wheeler doubled down the leftfield line to drive in Danielle Maliszewski and Samantha Sylvester to make it 5-0. Wheleer scored on an error and Caitlyn Maliszewski followed with her home run to give the Warriors their final run.
Wamogo has outscored its three opponents in the tournament 32-0. Zemaitis has pitched 18 scoreless innings.
Cassidy Wilson beats out a bunt to ignite Wamogo's two-run third inning.
Savannah Wheeler turns on a pitch in ripping a two-run double.
Wamogo coach Dave Sylvester talks strategy with Danielle Maliszewski.
Samantha Sylvester steps into a pitch.
Cyrena Zemaitis and teammates celebrate another run.
Dave Sylvester greets Savannah Wheeler at third base.
Mackenzie Harnett is greeted by Cassidy Wilson, left, and other teammates after her home run.
Caitlyn Maliszewski crosses home plate on her home run.
Shortstop Savannah Wheeler fires to first base for an out.
Danielle Maliszewski and Cyrena Zemaitis celebrate the win.