GRANBY - One of the mainstays of their advance to the round of eight for the Watertown High School softball team in the CIAC Class ‘M’ tournament had been it’s defense.
Through the first two rounds, the surprising Indians had committed only one error, back up superlative pitching efforts in victories over Oxford and Weston High Schools
However, on June 4 under threatening skies at Granby Memorial High School, the WHS gloves came up short; as a result of making four errors which led to a pair of unearned runs, the locals put themselves in a deep hole from which they were unable to climb out of, with the result being the end of their 2021 season after a 4-0 loss to the third-seeded Bears.
Granby, which got a bye through the first round and was a 1-0 winner over Rocky Hill in the second round, got on the board in the bottom of the second inning against Watertown pitcher Nadia Andarowski (who deserved a better fate) with their first unearned run to take a 1-0 lead after escaping a Watertown threat in the top half of the frame when Paige Fekete doubled, but was left on base.
Senior right-handed pitcher Abigail Kidd held the Indians to three hits over 6.2 innings, striking out 16 with walking a batter; besides Fekete, Brianna Catalani and Adriana Guerrera had hit for the 11th-seeded Indians.
Andarowski lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out 11 while also not walking a batter.
Reagan Winn led Granby with two hits in three at bats and one RBI, as the Bears moved on to face NVL powerhouse Seymour in the semifinal round on June 7.
Playing in their final WHS games were seniors Angela DeFeo, Shaylyn Fisher, Brianna Catalani, and Megan Riley.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Watertown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
Granby 0 1 0 1 2 0 X 4 7 0
On June 3, the Indians played their final home game of the season when they faced the Weston High School Trojans of the Fairfield County Conference in a second round game.
With Fekete throwing an impressive complete-game six-hitter and her defense playing errorless ball, the Indians advanced to the round of eight with a 3-1 win as pitching continued to be the name of the game for Watertown, which allowed only one run through two tournament games.
After Weston, seeded 27th in the field, grabbed a 1-0 lead on Kate Fruhbeis’ RBI double in the top of the first inning, Fekete slammed the door over the remaining six innings, striking out 11 without allowing a walk.
Watertown wasted little time evening things up.
In the bottom of the first inning, hitter Fekete came to the aid of pitcher Fekete when she singled on the first pitch by Weston’s Anna O’Neill, driving in the equalizer.
In the Indians’ third, Catalani gave the locals the lead for good when she slammed a solo home run.
Madison Buono drove in a huge insurance run in the Watertown sixth against O’Neill, who was good in her six innings of work in the circle, but not good enough to beat Fekete.
Catalani had two of Watertown’s eight hits; Nadia Andarowski, Makayla Beauty, Fekete, Buono, Lillana Spagnoletti and Megan Riley had one hit apiece.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Weston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Watertown 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 8 0
Going into their first round game against NVL rival Oxford High School on June 1, the Indians had revenge on their minds.
In the season-opening game between the teams back on April 12, Oxford began a 15-4 season with an 8-4 win over them.
The revenge came in a most-unlikely place. as it the Indians remained in the league when the Class ‘M’ bracket was announced, drawing the 11th-seeded Wolverines.
Delivering a message quickly that this was not April anymore, the Indians pounced on Oxford starting pitcher Sophie Gendron to the tune of three first inning runs, which proved to more than enough in an 8-0 win at OHS.
Andarowski was all-but-unhittable, throwing a complete game one-hitter, striking out 10 without allowing a walk.
Ironically, Oxford’s only hit came off the bat of Gendron, who singled in the fourth inning.
Watertown’s offense revved up quickly when Fekete slammed a bases-loaded triple off Gendron, the opening salvo in a five-RBI day for the junior.
Leading, 4-0 in the top of the seventh, the Indians put to rest any thoughts of an Oxford comeback with a four-spot with the key elements a walk by Catalani, a single by Fekete, and a groundout by Makayla Beauty.
Watertown’s lineup pounded out a total of 10 hits, with Catalani, Sophia Angiolini, Fekete, and Spagnoletti each collecting two; Buono and DeFeo contributed one hit apiece.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Watertown 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 10 1
Oxford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0