Softball: Trinity sends Wilton to fourth straight loss

With its offense continuing to struggle, the Wilton High softball team dropped its fourth straight game Wednesday, losing to visiting Trinity Catholic, 4-1.

The Warriors have scored just five runs during their four-game slide.

Wilton (6-5 overall) was limited to four hits against Trinity, spoiling a 12-strikeout performance by pitcher Sage Zunda. Zunda yielded 11 hits to the Crusaders, although many were weak infield hits or dinks just over the infielder’s heads.

Trinity's first batter of the game reached on an error, but she was quickly thrown out trying to steal second by Wilton catcher Eliza Ward. The next batter singled, and with two outs the Crusaders put together back-to-back singles that scored the first run.

In the top of the third, Trinity's leadoff hitter reached on an error. A one-out single put runners on first and second, and another single scored a run. On the play, centerfielder Hannah Belanger’s throw home was cut off by Zunda, who threw to second to force the Crusader runner for the second out. Zunda then struck out the next batter to end the inning.

Wilton was hitless through three innings against Trinity pitcher Samantha Calicchio, who kept the Warriors off balance the the entire game. The only runner to get on base for Wilton in its first three at-bats was Zunda, who reached on an error in the first inning.

Ward picked up Wilton's first hit with a single in the bottom of the fourth inning, but she was stranded, keeping the hosts scoreless.

In the bottom of the sixth, Belanger led off with a double. With one out and Belanger on third, Zunda lined an RBI single in the hole between short and third to get the Warriors within one run at 2-1.

Trinity then plated two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead, 4-1. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out, and a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch scored the two runs.

Maddie Christl had a one-out single for Wilton in the bottom of the seventh before Calicchio retired the next two batters to end the game.

“We were clearly were looking to get back on track with a win tonight, but we just weren’t aggressive enough at the plate,” said Wilton head coach Brian Jacobs. “We hit some hard balls tonight, but they were just right at them.

"We had a good practice after Monday’s (11-2) loss to Ridgefield, but it just didn’t carry over to tonight’s game," continued Jacobs. "For whatever reason we seemed to lack the energy and intensity that we needed to come away with a win. We’re a young team that needs to learn how to work through some things and learn to keep fighting even if we get down early or the breaks aren’t falling our way.”