Per tradition, during the last home game for the Wilton High School softball team is celebrated as Senior Night. It becomes a night to celebrate the graduating seniors on the team and commemorate their final game playing on their home field. This year, the graduating seniors—Julia Schiavone (captain), Nicole Kosar, and Emily Ettie—and their families were honored with a ceremony Monday, May 16, in which they received flowers and took a picture on the field before their final home game against the Westhill Vikings.

Earlier that day, the underclassmen on the team had decorated Wilton High School’s halls with posters and streamers inviting everyone to come and see the game; they later moved all of the decorations to the dug-out. In addition, the younger players had customized shirts made to commemorate the seniors on the team and everyone wore them for warm-ups and the ceremony. After the line-ups for both teams were announced, the National Anthem was sung beautifully by WHS student Joe Apuzzo, and then the game began.

The game was very intense, with both teams holding tight defense. Sophia Strazza threw fireballs down to Maddy Christl at first and Hannah Belanger was a ball magnet in the outfield, catching several outs throughout the game. Sage Zunda as pitcher and Eliza Ward (captain) as catcher worked hard together to also make several outs—Ward threw out two baserunners trying to steal and Zunda pitched three batters out.

Up at the bats, the Westhill Vikings had some good hits while the Warriors, although strong hitters, did not have the same placement. Emma Cropper went 3-3 and Ward batted 2-4. Zunda had an RBI double. Ultimately, the final score was 6-3 in Westhill’s favor.

After the game, the Warriors gathered around with family and WHS softball alumni to celebrate senior night with some cake and memorabilia for the teammates.

(photos:  Christine Belanger)