Greenwich softball unable to solve Silverman, falls to South Windsor, 4-0

— John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School’s Erin Ferguson fires the ball back to starting pitcher Jessie Schelz during a recent game. On Friday, Big Red fell to South Windsor 4-0 in the class LL quarterfinal game. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School Lady Cardinals have played their best softball under head coach Mary Beth Fratello.

On Friday, the No. 3 seeded Cards hosted their third opponent of the class LL tournament and to earn a semifinal berth on Tuesday in West Haven, Greenwich would have to beat the No. 11 seeded South Windsor Bobcats.

However the Bobcats, behind sophomore lefty Peyton Silverman, had plans of their own. She ended up tossing a 4-0 gem for South Windsor and ended Big Red’s stellar season in the class LL quarterfinals.

Silverman struck out nine and allowed only two Cardinals to reach base. All nine of her punchouts came in the first four innings.

Greenwich started to figure out the southpaw later in the game, but the Bobcats defense took over dealing with several well hit Cardinal outs.

Greenwich got off to a good start in their half of the first. Colleen Bennett led the Cards off with a double. Bobcat coach Mandy Roczniak had concerns, but wasn’t worried.

“Giving up a leadoff double is not exactly how you want to start,” Roczniak said. “Once (Silverman) got that second batter out and settled down we felt good.”

South Windsor would come out swinging in the second inning, posting the first two Bobcat runs.

Rebecca Hockenberry jumped on Greenwich High starting pitcher Jessie Schelz for a lead off double. One out later Hockenberry would score the first of her two runs on Maddy Silverman’s base hit.

Silverman would soon score on a ground out. That would be all the scoring Peyton Silverman would need, but the Bobcats would add two more insurance runs in the sixth to cap their scoring.

The only other real threat Greenwich would get came in the bottom of the fourth. Erin Ferguson drew a one out walk and Madison Burhans was hit in the arm. Silverman beared down and struck out Shelz to end the threat.

“I was hoping for some luck to go our way,” Fratello said. “A hit to drop in somewhere. (Silverman) is a good pitcher. She had movement in her pitches. We just weren’t on her.”

South Windsor moves on to face Amity on Tuesday

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