DURHAM - As the bottom of the fourth inning began, Thomaston High School was sitting fairly decent position in their second round CIAC Class ‘S’ softball game at Coginchaug High School on May 30.

Leading the Blue Devils, 1-0, the Golden Bears were hanging tough behind the two-hit pitching of freshman Kaya Johnson.

The 23rd-seeded Golden Bears broke the ice on a one-out double by Caitlyn Magnuson, who scored when Kristen Foell’s two-out fly ball was dropped in centerfield.

Unfortunately for the Bears, that would be their final run of the season, as Coginchaug, coming off a 19-1 opening round win over Kolbe, scored five times in the fourth inning and three times in the fifth inning to win going away, 8-1.

After their run, the Bears offense was held to two hits by Blue Devil starter Amalia DeMartino.

Coginchaug got to Johnson with one out in the fateful fourth, as five consecutive batters reached base, all of them scoring in a parade aided by four Thomaston errors.

In the CHS fifth, three consecutive hits began the onslaught; again, all three crossed the plate with add-on runs.

Coginchaug’s Ayanna Helmedach, Skye Ryer and Caroline Fornier had two hits and scored two runs each as they moved on to a quarterfinal round game against second-seeded Coventry High School on May 31.

As for the Bears, who finished 9-11 during the regular season and 1-1 in the post-season, Magnuson doubeld twice and McKenzie Fairfax singled.

Second Round CIAC Class ‘S’ Tournament

#23 Thomaston at

 # 7 Coginchaug

                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7  R  H

Thomaston   0 0 1 0 0 0 0  1  3

Coginchaug  0 0 0 5 3 0 x  8 10



Throw the seedings out at tournament time; it is, more than ever, wide-open for any team to beat another one, at any given time.

Just ask the 10th-seeded Crusaders of East Granby High School, who, along with their 13-6 record, were sent packing by the Golden Bears, 3-1 in their delayed Class ‘S’ opening round game on May 29 at EGHS.

It wasn’t a swat-fest by any means; instead, the Bears made their three hits, an RBI single by  Magnuson and singles by Hannah Leone and Foell, all count.

They had to matter, because the Bears weren’t doing much against EG starter Emma Griffin, a sophomore right-hander who struck out 12 and walked three.

East Granby was doing even less against Thomaston pitcher Johnson, who showed no sign whatsoever of jitters in her debut under the state tournament spotlight.

Johnson allowed only a pair of hits, one of them an RBI single by Leah Langhoff in the EG fourth which cut the THS lead to 2-1.

Thomaston added an insurance run in the sixth inning, setting up their second round game at Coginchaug.

First Round CIAC Class ‘S’ Tournament

#23 Thomaston at 

#10 East Granby

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H

Thomaston    0 0 2 0 0 1 0  2 3 

East Granby  0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2

NOTES: Seniors Alexis Theriault and Erin Fainer played their final games for THS in the loss at Coginchaug. 

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