The Cadets fell just short of their ultimate goal, losing 4-0 to Oxford in the Connecticut Class M championship game. St. Joseph will be disappointed with the final result, but a 26-game winning streak and the first appearance in a state title game since 2010 is pretty impressive. Nicole Williams, Jovanna Hillman, Hannah Hutchinson, Amy Chacho, Madelne Meier, Lauren Pitney, Melissa Bike and Katie Gardella were dominant as a unit this season.
The Black Knights reached the Class LL quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Amity, but fell 1-0 to South Windsor. However, beating Darien in the FCIAC semifinals and giving St. Joseph a run for its money in the championship keeps Stamford at number two in Connecticut poll for now. Brianna Arias, Nicole Pease, Lauren O’Neill and Sara Staley were key in the Black Knights’ second half surge.
The Blue Wave had its season ended in the Class LL semifinals, falling 4-0 to Cheshire. Erika Osherow was consistently one of the most dominant pitchers in the state over her entire stellar career, while Rebecca DeMaio was feared at the plate. Lexi LoPiano and Kelly Vodola had solid postseasons.
After taking the SCC championship with a 3-0 win over Lauralton Hall for their first title since 2008, the Spartans fell to Stamford 1-0 in the second round of the Class LL tournament. Katie Koshes, Dani Nordyk, Jenna Dilorenzo and Teresa Marchitto helped Amity put together a great end of the season.
The Crusaders reached the Class L quarterfinals, but were upset 6-5 in nine innings by East Haven, which has now gone on to the state championship game. Alexa Dawid, Lindsey Spitz, Jaclyn Brewster, Haley Congdon, Ireland Miessau and Alex Moleski helped lead Lauralton Hall to a very solid 20-win season.
The No. 2 Golden Bears beat Hale Ray 14-4 to reach the Class S state championship, but fell to Holy Cross 4-0 in the final. Thomaston had just one hit in the loss and eight of the first nine batters struck out. However, Morgan Sanson, Alexa Milius, Jensyn Cleveland and Nina Barone were nearly perfect at the small school level and won’t soon be forgotten.
The Red Raiders topped Bunnell 5-0 and East Lyme 4-0 to reach the Class L quarterfinals, but fell 1-0 to North Haven. Ali DuBois, UConn-bound Marissa Morris, Brittany Anderson and Brittany Young had great postseasons for Torrington.
It was a roller coaster season for the Eagles, who fell 10-0 in the Class LL quarterfinals to undefeated Southington. However, one-run wins over Staples and Middletown lift them back into the rankings. Harleigh Kaczegowicz, Samantha Platz, Taylor Brown and Lea Thompson led the way for Trumbull.
After beating Conard 16-2 in the Class LL opening round, the Vikings fell 7-2 to Newtown in the second round. Casey Decine, Gabby Laconna, Adrianna Gambino and Jordan Benzaken led the strong Westhill team.
The Bears made a push in the Class LL tournament, defeating New Britain 8-7 before losing to Darien 4-1 in the second round. Ali Brown, Sam Troetti, Allie Hall and Katie Sciglimpaglia led the way for Norwalk late in the year. Barlow, Ridgefield, Danbury, Fairfield Warde, Fairfield Ludlowe, Kolbe Cathedral and Jonathan Law are on the bubble.