New Canaan WildKats make it to FCFSL U12 title game
Published 6:27 pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2012
After beginning their season 2-4, the New Canaan WildKats reeled off nine consecutive wins to end the FCFSL regular season, and vaulted into the A-Division of the league alongside elite travel programs.
The tournament began with pool play on Saturday, in which seeding for Sunday's single-elimination bracket would be determined.
Playing against the Brewster Rockets, who had run-ruled New Canaan 10-0 a month earlier, New Canaan claimed a 5-2 win behind Camryn Schlim's three hits and eight strikeouts on the mound. Eliza Haney added a two-run single.
After an 8-5 loss, the Kats were up 4-0 over Redding-Easton after four innings when rain ended the pool round. New Canaan went into Sunday to take on Brewster once again.
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Molly Keshin got the Kats on the board in the first inning with a two-run double and came around to score on Molly Rochlin's double to start a five-run first inning. It was more than Schlim needed, as she struck out 12 batters over five innings while giving up only two hits and one run in New Canaan's 5-1 win.
In the semifinals against Ridgefield, Gillian Kane Dinan was able to hold Ridgefield in check over three innings of solid relief pitching, allowing only two hits and keeping New Canaan in the game.
Trailing 7-2 after four innings, New Canaan mounted its comeback. Schlim led off the fifth with a single and moved to second base after Rachel Keshin followed with a single. After Molly Keshin walked to load the bases, Schlim scored on a wild pitch to Molly Rochlin. Rachel Keshin scored on Rochlin's RBI groundout to short, cutting the Ridgefield lead to 7-4. Eliza Haney walked, and after a popout, Sophia Welch came through with a huge two-out, two-run single to leftfield, scoring Molly Keshin and Haney to bring New Canaan to within a run.
After Dinan retired the Rebels in order in the bottom of the fifth, helped out by superb defense by Haney and Landeck, Clare Wagner started off the final WildKat rally with a one-out walk. Wagner moved to second on Schlim's grounder to third and scored the tying run on Rachel Keshin's clutch two-out hit to left.
This set the stage for perhaps the most dramatic moment of the tournament as Molly Keshin drove a 2-2 fastball to deep left for a two-run home run, giving New Canaan a 9-7 lead, which held up as the final score.
Facing a tough CT Seahawks team in the final, the WildKats fell 12-0.
The WildKats finished with a record of 15-6. Their players were Carey Callahan, Kelly Conheeney, Gillian Kane Dinan, Ashley Dunnam, Eliza Haney, Molly Keshin, Rachel Keshin, Allary Landeck, Molly Rochlin, Camryn Schlim, Rachel Smith, Clare Wagner and Sophia Welch. They were coached by Joe Schlim, David Wagner and Sara Holland.