Softball: Wilton takes opener with 7-4 win over Wamogo

After following behind early, 2-0, the Wilton High softball team rallied for a 7-4 win over Wamogo in Monday’s season opener at home.

“Overall the girls looked pretty good. We had a couple of rough plays here and there,” said head coach Brian Jacobs, whose team had only one day of practice on the field before Monday’s game. “It was definitely a team effort, offensively and defensively. The team’s really been meshing well and they’re supporting each other.”

Senior Sage Zunda got the complete-game win, allowing five hits and striking out eight. She walked two.

“She kept them off-balance. Wamogo’s a good hitting team,” said Jacobs.

Wamogo, from Litchfield, is a strong program that is coming off back-to-back 18-win seasons.

The visitors jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an unearned run, but Zunda got a big strikeout with two outs and runners on second and third to end the threat.

Wamogo made it 2-0 in the top of the third on a solo home run.

Wilton took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third. Pippa Gosden reached on a bunt and Hannah Belanger singled, with both coming home on a two-run double by Sophia Strazza. Zunda followed with an RBI single and then scored on an RBI triple by Juliana Musilli to make it 4-2.

In the fourth, Belanger’s two-out single drove in Maya Farrell, who had walked, to make it 5-2.

Zunda had retired nine in a row going into the top of the sixth, when Wamogo plated a run on an error, base hit and two walks. With the bases loaded and no outs, Wilton was able to prevent further damage as a diving catch by Claire Wilson led to a double play. Zunda then got the final out on a liner.

Wilton added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Gosden led off with a hit and Eliza Ward and Strazza had back-to-back RBI singles.

Wamogo made it 7-4 with a solo homer in the top of the seventh.

For the game, Strazza went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Ward had three hits, an RBI, a stolen base, and one run scored. Belanger went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs, and a stolen base, and Musilli went 1-for-2 with a triple and RBI.

Coach Jacobs was pleased with how his team never let Wamogo regain the momentum once Wilton had taken the lead in the third inning.

“That’s something we’ve been trying to instill in the program the last couple of years. You can’t rely on one big inning. It’s about keeping the pressure on and keeping the momentum in your favor and making the other team respond,” he said. “That’s exactly what they did.”

Wilton will be back in action on Wednesday when the Warriors travel to Danbury for a 4:30 game.