New Canaan tops Wilton softball team

Monday morning's softball game between Wilton and New Canaan pitted two teams looking for their first win of the season.

New Canaan was the team that found it.

The Rams exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning to pull away for an 11-4 victory over  host Wilton, which fell to 0-4 on the season.

Both starting pitchers got off to shaky starts, with each allowing three runs in the first inning. New Canaan used two Wilton errors and two singles to push across its runs in the top of the first off Warrior starter Sage Zunda.

In the bottom of the first, New Canaan pitcher Jamie Schlim walked three of the first four batters she faced to load the bases. Ally Rauccio then lined a single through the hole, and when the Rams' leftfielder allowed the ball to get by her, all three runners on base scored to tie the game at 3-3.

Both teams went quietly in both the second and third innings, as the pitchers settled into a rhythm. New Canaan took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a hit batsman and two singles.

In the top of fifth inning, Claire Conley led off with a triple for the visitors and came home on a one-out single. With two down, the Rams plated another run, and then Molly Keshin cleared the bases with a three-run home run down the line in left. The Rams scored twice more in the inning for an 11-3 lead before Rauccio came in to relieve Zunda and get the final out in the fifth.

The Warriors, who were held to just the one hit through the first five innings by Schlim, finally picked up two hits and a run in the sixth inning to make the score 11-4. Nicole Amato opened the sixth with a single, and, with two outs, Rauccio came through again, this time with a double that split the outfielders.

Rauccio had a great game both in the field and at the plate. She made several backhand plays in the hole at short and held the Rams scoreless in relief. Rauccio's pitching performance was aided by a double play, with an assist going to centerfielder Amato.

Schlim picked up the complete-game victory for the Rams, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out eight Wilton batters.