Danbury pulls away to beat Wilton softball team

The Danbury High softball team turned a close game into a rout on Monday afternoon, beating host Wilton, 17-5.

The Warriors held a 5-4 lead after three innings, but the error bug stung the home team 10 times over the final four innings, allowing Danbury to score nine unearned runs.

Wilton got a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Sage Zunda that plated Eliza Ward, staking the Warriors to a 1-0 lead. Danbury then scored three runs on three hits in the top of the second to take a short-lived 3-1 lead.

Wilton came right back in the bottom half of the inning with four runs for a 5-3 lead. The Warrior rally was aided by three errors by the Hatters. The Warriors scored two unearned runs, Zunda had another sacrifice fly for an RBI, and Ward picked up an infield single for an RBI.

The Hatters then settled down and commited only one more error the rest of the game while holding the Warriors scoreless.

“That was the basic difference between the two teams today; they were able to put their bad inning behind them and we take it back on the field the next inning and have it happen again,” said Wilton head coach Brian Jacobs. “We need to learn how to rebound from a bad inning in the field and move on.

"We continue to make progress and improve as a team, but we need to play up to our potential. We are still a young team but we can’t commit 11 errors in a game and expect to win."

Danbury scored four times in the fourth inning to take the lead for good at 8-5. Three consecutive Wilton errors loaded the bases with one out. A single scored two runs, and a passed ball and a fielder’s choice plated two more.

The Hatters added one run in the fifth, three in the sixth, and five more in the seventh to complete the 17-5 win. Five of the nine runs scored over the final three innings were unearned.

Zunda pitched six innings for Wilton, allowing 10 hits and striking out four. Sommer Rogg pitched the final inning for Wilton.

Rogg collected three singles for the Warriors, and Nicole Amato added two singles. The Warriors had a total of eight hits in the game.

The loss dropped Wilton's record to 3-8, while the Hatters improved to 8-5.