Wilton softball team edges McMahon, 3-2

The Wilton and Brien McMahon softball teams had a lot in common going into Monday night’s meeting in Wilton.

Both teams have been struggling in 2014, as Wilton entered with just two wins and McMahon had three. Both teams had victories against Bridgeport Central and Warren Harding. And neither team was known for its run production.

Those commonalities set the stage for a close and competitive game that Wilton won, 3-2, for its third win in a row.

The game itself had many similarities. Both teams finished with nine hits; each team got a single in the first inning with the runner ending up on second; both teams left a base runner stranded at third in the fifth inning; and both teams committed a key error that led to the opposing team scoring.

With the game scoreless after one, a Wilton throwing error with two outs in the second inning gave the Senators the first run of the game for a 1-0 lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, the Warriors tied the game at 1-1 on three straight singles. Nicole Amato and Lizette Roman-Johnston singled, and then Sage Zunda singled to bring home Amato.

Neither team scored in the fourth and fifth innings. Wilton starting pitcher Zunda struck out the final batter in the fifth to leave the potential go-ahead run at third.

In the top of the sixth, McMahon had two runners on with two outs before Zunda again closed the door with a strikeout to end another scoring threat by the visitors.

In the bottom of the sixth, Eliza Ward led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Julia Schiavone. With two outs, pinch-hitter Emily Ettie singled, driving in Ward to put the Warriors in front 2-1.

A throwing error by the Senators shortstop on a ball hit by Pippa Gosden moved Ettie to third and kept the inning alive. Ally Rauccio then singled to bring home Ettie, giving Wilton a 3-1 lead.

But the Senators were not going to go out quietly. With two down in the bottom of the seventh, Zunda walked a batter and then surrendered back-to-back singles that cut the Warrior lead to 3-2.

But Zunda settled down and caught the next batter looking for her seventh strikeout of the game to secure the win.

For Wilton (3-11), Ward reached base safely all three times with two hits and a walk, and Amato went three-for-four with three singles.