Softball: Westhill nips Warriors, 3-2

Gabriella Laconna’s two-out single in the bottom of the sixth drove in Katya Harris to break a 2-2 tie, as the Westhill softball team defeated Wilton on Monday in Stamford, 3-2.

It was the first loss of the season for the Warriors, who are now 2-1.

Wilton had just tied the game in the top of the sixth on a two-run home run by Sophia Strazza.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Harris reached on a one-out walk and was sacrificed into scoring position, before Laconna’s liner dropped into left field to drive in the winning run.

Westhill pitcher Edyliese Aquino retired the Warriors in order in the top of the seventh to close out the win.

Head coach Brian Jacobs was happy with the Warriors’ effort against one the FCIAC’s traditional powers.

“We’re disappointed but it was the best game we’ve played against Westhill in a long time,” he said. "It was a close game all the way. The team definitely went out and played hard."

Aquino tossed a three-hitter for Westhill (1-0). She limited the Warriors to only one hit and a walk through five innings, before Hannah Belanger led off the sixth with a single and one out later Strazza slugged a two-run homer to centerfield to tie the game.

Sage Zunda took the loss for Wilton. She allowed six hits and three walks.

Kaira Ramon got Westhill on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo homer. In the fourth, Madison Cortell singled and later scored on an RBI groundout.

For Wilton, Belanger was 1-for-2 with a walk, single and run scored, while Strazza went 1-for-3, with a home run, two RBI and run scored. Zunda has Wilton’s other hit.

The Warriors travel to New Fairfield on Tuesday (4 p.m.), in a makeup of last Friday's game that was postponed due to the weather.
— J.B. Cozens