Wamogo rally falls short in Class S semifinals
Wamogo's Caitlyn Maliszewski and her coach, Dave Sylvester, celebrate after Maliszewski's RBI triple in the seventh inning of a 2-1 loss to Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Class S tournament in West Haven on Wednesday.
Below, Wamogo ace Cyrena Zemaitis delivers a pitch in her outstanding effort. John McKenna photos
A memorable softball season came to an end for Wamogo with a thrilling 2-1 loss to Holy Cross in the Class S semifinals at West Haven High School on Wednesday.
Wamogo threw a scare into the defending Class S champions in the top of the seventh inning when Savannah Wheeler slapped a single to left and scored on Caitlyn Maliszewski's triple to deep right-center. Maliszewski was left stranded, however, when Holy Cross hurler Sarah Lawton recorded two straight strikeouts to end the game.
"I am so proud of my team," Wamogo coach Dave Sylvester said. "We came to play and fought until the end. All season we were a never say die team in the seventh inning."
Wamogo finished 20-4 in the best season in school history. The semifinal appearance was a first.
Cyrena Zemaitis pitched another brilliant game for the Warriors. She gave up both runs in the fourth inning but otherwise shut the Crusaders down. Zemaitis gave up three hits, all in the fourth inning, struck out seven, walked one and retired the side in five of her six innings. Holy Cross pitcher Sarah Lawton was just a bit better with 11 strikeouts.
"Two dominant pitchers going mano a mano," Sylvester said. "They are two of the best in the state and each had great support behind them."
Zemaitis and Samantha Sylvester had the other hits for Wamogo, which played well defensively.
"There's not one thing I would have done differently from start to finish," Sylvester said. "We played a tremendous game. My hat's off to Holy Cross and Sarah Lawton."
Mackenzie Hoey makes a catch in center field for the Warriors.
Savannah Wheeler fires to first base for an out from her shortstop position.
Olivia Cook prepares to field a hit in right field.
Mackenzie Harnett takes a cut.
Savannah Wheeler rounds third on her way to scoring the Wamogo run.