Published 4:56 pm, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
WILTON — The Norwalk Zoomers 10U travel softball team finished runner-up last weekend in the Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League 'B' bracket tournament.
The FCFSL is made up of more than 20 teams, including Little League, Babe Ruth programs, and elite travel teams.
The A and B brackets were determined by regular season standings. The Zoomers were seeded third in the B bracket entering pool play.
On Friday evening the Zoomers lost a close game to the top-seed Fairfield Fury by a score of 5-3.
On Saturday morning the Zoomers bats woke up as they beat the CT Blast by a score of 16-5. The Blast, comprised of girls from New Fairfield and Bethel, were held in check by the pitching of Ally Lanzarotto and strong defense led by shorstop Avery Vaccaro and right fielder Ayden Navarro. Charlotte Snyder led the way offensively and was named game MVP by the opposing coaches.
Norwalk then beat New Canaan to finish with a 2-1 pool play record. Norwalk poured it on offensively led by game MVP Kate Putterman, who had three hits. Madison O'Brien, Emily Restaino and Sami Horton also contributed offensively with hits. Lead-off batter Olivia McEveney scored three runs.
Norwalk was again seeded third entering the single elimination bracket on Sunday. The Zoomers again blasted the CT Blast this time by a score of 10-3. Ellie Herford was named game MVP as she led the Zoomers with three hits. Campbell Heatly tripled while Ally Lanzarotto struck out nine.
The Zoomers then defeated Darien Diamonds White 15-1 in the semifinals. Herford struck out 11 over 4 innings. Madison Collins was named game MVP as she homered and threw out a base runner on an attempted steal. Zoe Monschein and Julia Dennehy also swung the bat well and reached base three times each.
That set up the championship game against the Wilton Warriors. The Norwalk bats remained hot as the Zoomers jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Wilton fought back and took a 10-7 lead. This back-and-forth contest found the score tied 11-11 heading into the last inning. Wilton pushed across three runs in the top of the 7th and then played strong defense to hold Norwalk in the home half to win 14-11.
Avery Vaccaro reached base three times and scored twice for Norwalk.
The Zoomers outscored their opponents 85-29 in 6 games.
The team was coached by Shawn Collins, Matt O'Brien and Jen Herford and the bat girl was Delaney O'Brien.
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