Little League Softball: Ring’s End Vipers capture Majors title in extra innings
In what was an extra-inning nail-biter of a game, the Ring’s End Green Vipers defeated Adow Pools, 11-9, to win the Wilton Little League Majors’ Division softball championship.
The Vipers made it into the championship game by beating Bruce Bennett Nissan in a single elimination playoff game earlier that week.
In the championship game, the Vipers scored early and had what appeared to be a comfortable lead of 9-6 going into the bottom of the sixth (last) inning. However, Adow Pools mounted a spirited comeback to tie the game, 9-9, in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh inning, neither team was able to score and Ring’s End and Adow Pools remained tied going into the eighth inning.
The Vipers broke the deadlock in the top of the eighth as Jayne Guglielmo’s double scored Zoey Weiss, who had reached base with a key hit earlier in the inning. Guglielmo later stole home to make the score 11-9.
In the bottom of the eighth, Adow attempted to mount yet another comeback and was threatening to tie the game. Adow scored a quick run to close the gap to 11-10. However, clutch pitching by Sophia Strazza, who struck out two in the bottom of the eighth, closed the door and sealed the victory and championship for Ring’s End.
The Ring’s End team was led by solid pitching performances from Briana Catino and Strazza, who kept Adow Pools hitters off balance for most of the game. The Vipers were assisted by great defense, led by Cate McCabe behind the plate and Maya Fazio in the infield, preventing Adow Pools from scoring more runs.
The offensive attack by the Rings’ End Vipers was truly a top-to-bottom team effort as the bats of a number of Vipers came alive in the championship game. Katie Stevenson, Olivia Budington, Annie Beneventano, Katie McDonough, Catino and Strazza delivered key hits and stolen bases to pace the offense.