Bobcats Come Up Just Short

By Andy Hutchison

Special To The Sports Department

STRATFORD –The South Windsor High softball team breezed through much of its regular season, posting 16 victories along the way. And for the second consecutive season, the Bobcats advanced to the Class LL state tournament semifinals.  But once again, that is where the dream ended, this time with an 8-2 loss to top seeded and undefeated Southington, Wednesday at DeLuca Field.

Southington pitcher Kendra Friedt dominated the first several innings and carried a shutout into the seventh inning when South finally broke through for two runs.

Friedt  struck out the first 15 South Windsor batters she faced and finished the game with 16 strikeouts.

“We don’t see any kind of pitching like that throughout the year,” said Roczniak, whose team scored double digits eight times throughout the season.

In the seventh inning, Reilly McMahon worked a walk, Peyton Silverman smashed an RBI double, and Maddy Donahue laced a single to left to put runners on first and third. Becca Marchessault  drove in the second run on a fielder’s choice ground out.

Roczniak said she believes that her team began to adjust to that hard throwing Friedt in the latter innings, but it was too little too late.

“It’s just a dominating program that’s been around forever,” Rozniak said. “Those kids have been here. They know what they have to do.”

The Bobcats helped Southington’s cause with two fielding errors. “We just made some mistakes that assisted their potency,” Roczniak said.

A second-inning error opened the door for Friedt’s two-run home run which gave the Knights a 2-0 lead. Southington added four more runs in the fourth inning to take control for good.

Silverman pitched for the Bobcats and finished with nine strikeouts as a memorable season came to an end for seniors Lina Nguyen, Becca Rewinski, Haley Birch and Miread Kelly.

“It was a great accomplishment,” Roczniak said of her team’s  second straight run to the semifinals.  “I was happy with the season.”

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