Surprising season comes to an end for Woodland

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It was a frustrating end of the season for the Woodland softball team as the upstart Hawks fell in their first games of both the Naugatuck Valley League and Class M state tournaments.

Woodland lost a two-day affair in the NVL tournament quarterfinals last week to Naugatuck, 8-5. It was a back-and-forth battle that saw the Hawks rally to take a late lead, then give it back, then tie it again before succumbing to a Greyhound rally in the eighth inning last Wednesday.

In Tuesday’s Class M state tournament first round, No. 10 Woodland was upset by No. 23 Sacred Heart Academy, 4-0. Sacred Heart’s Molly Flowers threw a one-hitter, only allowing a fourth-inning single to Emily Wirsing. Flowers struck out 12.

Samantha Lee allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out one. The Hawks committed four errors on the afternoon.

Sacred Heart’s offense was powered by Carry Pietrosimone, who blasted two home runs to help earn her team a second-round appearance at No. 7 Suffield.

Woodland finished the season 16-6, a somewhat surprising record for a team filled with young players.

Kyle Brennan