Wamogo win sets up Class S rematch with Stafford
Cecily Zemaitis delivers a pitch for Wamogo in a 4-2 win over Shepaug in the Class S tournament on Thursday. John McKenna photos
Wamogo has reached the Class S softball tournament quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season and will face a familiar foe with a berth in the semifinals on the line.
The Warriors came from behind to defeat Shepaug 2-1 in a second-round game on Thursday. On Friday at 4 p.m., they'll host Stafford, the team that edged the Warriors in the semifinals last year.
In Thursday's win, Wamogo trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. A Shepaug throwing error and a passed ball led to two Wamogo runs and a 3-2. An inning later, Danielle Maliszewski led off with an infield single, stole second base and scored on another throwing error to make it 4-2.
The hero for Wamogo turned out to be left fielder Linnea Budge, who caught a long drive by Shepaug's Lucy Puskas with a runner on and two outs in the top of the seventh. Budge drifted back to the fence and snagged Puskas's shot as it appeared to be heading over the fence.
Budge, according to Wamogo coach Dave Sylvester, was the last player to make the team earlier in the spring and has surpassed expectations.
"She's had big hits and has made big plays all season," Sylvester said.
Cecily Zemaitis, pitching again in place of ace Samantha Sylvester, tossed a complete game for the Warriors. Zemaitis doesn't throw hard but throws strikes and benefited from an airtight defense.
"She kept her cool and we played great defense behind her," coach Sylvester said. "We've got girls who know how to win games like this, girls who have been doing it for four years."
Samantha Sylvester is unable to pitch due to a sore shoulder. Instead, she's playing second base.
Paige Mitchell reaches first base on a throwing error to start a two-run rally in the fourth inning.
Second baseman Samantha Sylvester makes a sliding catch.
Danielle Maliszewski steals second base before scoring an insurance run.
Third baseman Paige Mitchell throws to first base for an out.