Stamford rallies to beat Wilton softball team, 11-3

Looking for its first win of the season, the Wilton High softball team appeared to have Stamford on the ropes Monday night, opening a 3-1 lead over the visitors through five innings.

But as has been the case in several other games this season, one bad inning was costly for the Warriors.

Stamford scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning on its way to an 11-3 victory that dropped Wilton’s record to 0-10 at the halfway point of the regular season.

The game was scoreless through three-and-a-half innings, with Wilton starter Sage Zunda pitching her way out of trouble in three of Stamford’s first four at-bats. Zunda got strikeouts at key times to keep Stamford scoreless.

Zunda also benefited from a double play started by centerfielder Nicole Amato. Amato caught a short flyball and then threw out a Stamford runner attempting to go to third base on the play.

The Warriors got things going in the bottom of the fourth, pushing across three runs. With one out, Amato reached on an error and Lizette Roman-Johnston singled. Zunda and Ally Rauccio both singled in runs for a 2-0 lead. With two outs, Emily Ettie then singled in the third run of the inning.

Stamford (8-2) got one run back in the top of the fifth on a homer by Lauren O'Neill to make it 3-1.

In the top of the sixth, Stamford pulled ahead for good with seven runs on only four hits. The Black Knights’ rally was aided by two Wilton errors and six wild pitches.

Stamford pushed across three more runs in the seventh inning for the 11-3 final.

Wilton collected nine hits in the game, with Roman-Johnston going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. Rauccio added two hits for the home team.

Nicole Pease (three) and Haley Lamotta (two) combined for five of Stamford’s 12 hits.