South Windsor Americans eliminated with loss to Coginchaug

HAWRINTON —  The ride finally ended for the South Windsor Americans Wednesday night, the 11-12 squad fell to Coginchaug 11-4 in the finale of Section 2 play, just one win short of a trip to the state finals.

“While we fought back we could never hold them down,” South Windsor Manager Jason Donahue said. “The first inning was kind of the killer. They continued to throw the blows at us and we couldn’t respond the way we wanted to. Their pitcher kept us off balance and we couldn’t stop the bleeding.”

A three-run homer put Coginchaug ahead early with a triple leading to a fourth run putting South Windsor behind early.

But the Americans responded, just like they have all season long with three runs in their half of the first.

“We felt good about it,” Donahue said, “we answered”

Unfortunately, the stellar starting pitching that has been South Windsor’s trademark faltered, allowing two more runs to give Coginchaug a 6-3 lead.

Robert Williams blasted a solo home run to help himself, but it was too little too late.

“Our ace didn’t have his best day,” the manager said, “but credit to them for being a very good hitting team. We thought it would be a slugfest after the first, with seven runs total, but they continued to score and we stopped, it was disappointing.”

The South Windsor Americans end their season as just the third team in the town’s history to make it as far as they did.

“When you take a step back and reflect on what you did, I don’t think many really believed we would be here,” Donahue said in a bittersweet moment after the loss. “We couldn’t be happier but we are sad for it to end.”

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