Softball Teams Represent in State Tournament

The South Windsor softball team finished the regular season 14-6 overall, 12-2 in the conference, and was co-champions of the CCC North with East Hartford.

“This was a season that was a total team effort as everyone on the team contributed to the successful season we had,” said coach Mandy Roczniak.

Season standouts were Peyton Silverman on the mound going 13-4 with a .95 ERA and an opponent batting average of .132. She had 226 strikeouts in 125.1 innings and only 19 walks and 29 runs scored.

Leading the offense was sophomore Alex Goslin with a batting average of .471, 33 hits, 29 runs scored, 21 RBI, eight doubles, and one triple. She also had nine walks (one of which was a walk off game winner vs East Hartford) and only one strikeout in 70 at bats. Goslin also had seven stolen bases. Her on base percentage was .532 and a slugging percentage of .614. In total, the Bobcats had nine of their 12 players hitting over .300, and the other three were not far behind.

Defensively, South Windsor had a fielding percentage of .967 with 25 errors in 769 total chances.

Maddy Silverman hit leadoff this year had a batting average of .412 on the season with 28 hits, 25 runs scored, 11 RBI, three doubles, and two triples. She also drew 12 walks and only had six strikeouts in 68 at bats. She added six stolen bases.

Miread Kelly was the rock behind the plate and caught and called every pitch for Peyton Silverman this season and was a major factor in the team’s success. Besides her defense, she also hit .333, had 21 RBIs, 13 runs scored, one double, and three triples.

Maddy Silverman (for the second year), Kelly, Peyton Silverman, and Goslin were named to the All-Conference team. Peyton Silverman was also named All-State. Maddy Silverman will be playing in the Senior All-Star game and Kelly will be playing in the Junior All-Star game. South Windsor advanced to the semifinals of the Class LL State Tournament with wins over Fairfield Warde, Mercy, and Greenwich. The Bobcats fell 2-1 to Amity in the semifinals.
Ellington

The Knights concluded their season with a record of 16-7 and a second round playoff exit.Highlights include two wins over Granby – which Ellington has not defeated in several years – and Griswold, a very good team. Senior captain Samantha Anthony had a great year on the mound with an era of 1.6, one error, and a .400 batting average. Ellington loses only one senior this year with the majority of next year’s team being seniors and juniors. Arianna DiCioccio had a phenomenal season, hitting 10 home runs. Anthony, DiCioccio and Brianna DeLand were named to the All-NCCC team. The Knights look toward DiCioccio next year as their starting pitcher and the bats of Danielle Markowski, and Rachel Stone – who led in  game-winning RBI to keep the Knights in the game. Kayla Buffington and Alyssa Walters are going to be looked towards for a solid infield, along with Cassandra Holmes.

Rockville

The Rams ended the season 16-5 and were co-CCC East Champions. During the season, Rockville had a run of 11 straight wins before suffering a loss to Waterford. After the Waterford game, the Rams ran off four straight wins – including avenging an earlier loss to Rocky Hill – to finish the season. Rockville had a bye in the first round of the Class L State Tournament and then fell to Berlin in the second round. Senior second baseman Michelle Correia was named to the All-State team.

Tolland

The Eagles were a young team that struggled with injuries, and finding their identity, this year. They finished 9-11. Kirsten Shea played a solid second base and younger sister Kelly Shea was a bright spot at first base. “We are young, but need to get stronger physically to compete for a league championship,” said coach Bill Pompa. Tolland made the Class M State Tournament, but fell to Suffield in the first round. Amaria Sharon, Ashley Landolina, and Jen Slane were named to the All-CCC team.

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