Wilton softball team plays well in loss to Staples
The Wilton High softball team played its best all-around game so far this season Monday afternoon at home but couldn’t generate enough offense in a 4-1 loss to the Staples Wreckers.
Wilton limited its errors, made the plays in the field, and turned a home-to-first double play to get out of a jam.
"It’s the best that we've played all year. Their hard work and determination paid off today. If we could have gotten a key hit in the fourth inning, we might have come away with a win,” said Wilton head coach Mark Salottolo.
The Wreckers picked up two runs in the first inning off Wilton starter Daria Acosta-Rua. Acosta-Rua then settled down, allowing only a single run in the fourth. After Acosta-Rua gave up a leadoff single in the fifth, Salottolo inserted Dani Miskinis on the mound. Miskinis came in and struck out the side to end the inning.
Staples picked up its fourth run in the sixth. The run was unearned and came without any hits, as Miskinis didn’t allow a hit over her three innings of work.
The Warriors' lone run came in the fourth. With two down, Acosta-Rua and Ally Rauccio had back-to-back singles. Next up was Katey Forsyth, who drove the ball to the outfield for a run-scoring single.
Rauccio and Forsyth both had two hits for the Warriors.
In the field, the Warriors showed a big improvement from early contests. Lizette Roman-Johnston picked a runner off third and had another picked off first, but Wilton didn’t get the call. Acosta-Rua tagged a runner out at the plate after a passed ball to end the inning.
And the gem that stopped a Staples rally in the sixth was a double play. With the bases loaded and the infield in, a grounder was hit to Acosta-Rua at third. She threw home to Roman-Johnston, who stepped on the plate and then fired the ball to Nicole Amato at first to complete the inning-ending double play.
The loss was the Warriors' fifth in a row and drops their record to 2-12. Staples is now 9-6 on the year.