SW Falls to Amity in Softball Semifinals

The South Windsor softball team’s improbable run came to an end Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Amity in the Class LL state semifinals.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the game tied, Katie Koshes put down the perfect bunt, scoring Heather Watt from third and sending the No. 7 Spartans to the championship game.

“It’s a tough way to lose like that with two outs,” said South Windsor coach Mandy Roczniak. “They’ve been here before – they are a very established team. This is our first time in this high of an arena. For us it was our first time here, so losing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, I told them, ‘Do not hang your head one bit. Totally respectable game.’”

The Spartans scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning, but the No. 11 Bobcats quickly responded with a run of their own in the top of the third when Miread Kelly drove in Lina Nguyen.

Amity had runners in scoring position several times throughout the game, but South Windsor pitcher Peyton Silverman worked out of trouble for the most part.

Roczniak said that Silverman, who is only a sophomore, was far more composed on the mound this year and was very steady and didn’t let things rattle her. Roczniak said she saw as soon as the season started how much Silverman had matured and grown in a year.

Silverman is only one of the many young players on the South Windsor team. Last year, six players graduated, so this year, there were many players who were starting on varsity for the first time.

“I knew we were young and I was not really sure where it would take us,” said Roczniak.

Where it took the Bobcats was to the best season since 1978. Roczniak said that nobody expected her team to get past defending runners-up, Mercy in the second round – much less win another game after that.

“It was a really great season,” said Roczniak. “To get this far I think is really great.”

South Windsor will graduate two seniors this year – Maddy Silverman and Julie Kalka.

The Bobcats finish the season at 17-7 overall. South Windsor finished the regular season 14-6 and 12-2 in the conference and was CCC North co-champion with East Hartford.

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