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Redding-Easton Softball Girls Fall In Final

EASTON, Conn. – The Redding-Easton softball program is trying to close the gap on powerful Darien in the District 1 tournament. But in Monday’s championship game at Middlebrook School in Wilton, the three-time defending champions proved they are still the best team in the field.

Darien defeated Redding-Easton, 10-0, in five innings. It was the second time the Redding-Easton Thunder lost to Darien in the tournament. The other contest was a 12-2 decision June 23. Redding-Easton finished the tournament 3-2.

“We had a lot of hard-hit balls,’’ Thunder manager Rich Colangelo said. “We just hit it right at them, and they made the plays.”

Darien scratched out a run in the first and one in the second and was still up 2-0 entering the fourth. The team then put it away, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs. Two errors, three walks, a hit batsman and two passed balls contributed to the big inning. Darien had just three hits in the inning and seven for the game.

Redding-Easton had several good scoring opportunities, but left two runners on in the second and had a runner thrown out at third in the fifth after deciding not to attempt to score on a wild pitch. Caitlin Colangelo pitched well against the hard-hitting Darien lineup, and speedy center fielder Catarina Goncalves made several nice running catches. Bianca Criscuolo had the team's only hit off of hard-throwing Sophia Barbour.

“We have a lot of 11-year-olds on this team,’’ Rich Colangelo said. “We’ll try to make it back here next year.”

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