Wamogo players, from left, Cecily Zemaitis, Mackenzie Harnett and Samantha Sylvester celebrate their team’s win over Shepaug in the second round of the Class S tournament on Thursday. Wamogo won again on Friday to advance to the semifinals for the third straight season. John McKenna photos
Clutch defense, just enough offense and the pitching of Cecily Zemaitis has put Wamogo into the Class S softball tournament semifinals for the third consecutive season.
The Warriors edged Stafford, 4-3, in the quarterfinals on Friday to avenge a semifinal loss last year and will play Somers in the semifinals on Monday 7 p.m. at West Haven High School.
Zemaitis gave up three runs in the third inning but settled down and held Stafford scoreless the rest of the way. She was backed by a strong defensive effort that was highlighted by a running catch by right fielder Cassidy Wilson with a runner on base in the top of the seventh.
Wilson’s grab came after Wamogo scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Savannah Wheeler walked, Mackenzie Harnett singled and Zemaitis moved both up a base with a sacrifce bunt. Paige Mitchell followed with a two-run single to right field.
Linnea Budge, center, and teammates Savannah Wheeler, left, and McKenzie Hoyt run off the field after Budge caught a long drive at the fence in left field to end Wamogo’s win over Shepaug on Thursday.