South Windsor falls in Section 2 finals, faces do-or-die game Wednesday

HARWINTON — The South Windsor Americans started the day one win away from a Section 2 title and a chance to play for the state crown this weekend, but after a 12-3 loss to Coginchaug Tuesday night, the team faces a do-or-die rematch Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

“We feel good coming into tomorrow,” South Windsor manager Jason Donahue said. “After our first loss of the postseason, we come back and have Robert Woods, the big fellow going tomorrow.”

The Americans saved their ace, with no losses in the double elimination tournament, knew they had to beat Coginchaug twice, and decided to try and beat their opponent’s ace in game one with other pitchers.

“We knew coming in that with out pitching situation we were on thin ice,” Donahue said. “We rolled the dice a little bit, holding our ace for tomorrow knowing their pitcher was tough. We thought today was the game if we we’re going to lose today was it.”

After falling behind 3-0 early, South Windsor battled back with a monster homer to left field off the bat of Williams, cutting the deficit to 2-3.

Then, after two more Coginghaug runs, Zach Donahue hit his own homer, a solo strike to center to put the team within striking distance of a comeback.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the seven hits,” the manager said of the potent offence. “Robert had a monster shot, Zach hit one out and Jack McClusky hit a ball hard.”

Other batters knocking hits for South Windsor were John Russo, Matt Sanchez and Anthony Conaci, who had two hits.

“The kids always impress me with the way they battled,” Donahue said. “They showed they can hit. But a few mistakes here and there gave up a few run, but today they just beat us, they were the better team.”

The game slipped away in the final frame, as Cogincaug pounded seven runs and inflated the score of a much closer game.

“It’s a numbers game,” Donahue said. “We didn’t want to throw certain kids too much. We beat [Coginchaug] once, they beat us once. I look at it as 5-3. I feel like for our situation, if we are going to lose, we come back with out best chance to win a championship [tomorrow].”

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