WOODBRIDGE >> Cheshire and Amity produced another gem in their long rivalry when the teams met Wednesday in a clash of Top 10 teams.
No. 8 Amity rallied twice to tie the game, but the visiting Rams plated the game’s final run in the top of the ninth inning to remain unbeaten with a thrilling 5-4 victory. The win secured No. 3 Cheshire (15-0) the SCC Housatonic Division title.
“It’s always a good win anytime that you can have your team in a situation playing a team like Amity,” Cheshire coach Kristine Drust said. “Though this isn’t postseason, it’s great to get ready for postseason for both teams. They’re a great team, I am sure we will see them again. But, I’m really proud of my girls. From pitching all the way down to our sideline, everybody was here and not for a moment did I feel like our girls weren’t going to come through today.”
Hannah Salvietti doubled to lead off the ninth inning and then scored on Sara Mulligan’s single to account for the winning run.
“I think we really wanted to win it for Abby (Abramson) because she was really pitching such a great game,” Mulligan said. “We just focused on keeping it simple, and just hitting the next pitch. We always know when we play Amity that it’s going to be a good game.”
The host Spartans (11-4) tied the game at 3 in the fifth on Amanda Rieser’s solo home run and on an RBI ground out by Nicole Koshes.
Abramson (5-for-5) gave the Rams a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a solo home run, but Amity tied it up again on Teresa Marchitto’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning.
“I am very, very proud of them today,” Amity coach Sara Hale said. “We did fight. We’ve been talking all season that we needed to string hits together to create runs and we kept at it today. They scored one, we scored one. We really stuck with it and did our job today.”
The Spartans scored just one run in their three previous losses.
“We’ve been working on hitting,” Hale said. “We’ve had a really tough time getting runs across the plate. We’ve been talking about that all season, it’s been a goal. We’ve been working hard and today we were able to do that, which is nice.”
Amity took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Jenna Thomas. The Rams responded and scored three times in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Alexis Hemstock. Another Cheshire run came around to score on an error on the play.
The Rams had 13 hits off Amity starter Katie Koshes, considered one of the state’s best pitchers. Koshes walked three, hit another, and struck out nine. Megan Hodgdon and Mia Juodaitis each had two hits for Cheshire.
Abramson allowed just five hits, walked three and struck out 10. No Amity player had more than one hit.
“The energy that we had as a whole during this game, it never felt like we were down,” Abramson said. “We were on top and we never let the energy slip away, which I think really helped us push through and keep fighting the entire way.”
CHESHIRE 5, AMITY 4 (9)
Cheshire 000 300 011 — 5 13 1
Amity 010 020 010 — 4 5 2
Abby Abramson and Megan Hodgdon; Katie Koshes, Morgan Perry (9) and Teresa Marchitto.
WP: Abby Abramson. LP: Katie Koshes. 2B: (CH) Mia Juodaitis, Hannah Salvietti. hr: Abby Abramson (CH); Amanda Rieser (AM); RBI: Abramson, Hemstock (2), Mulligan (CH); Rieser, Nicole Koshes, Teresa Marchitto, Jenna Thomas (AM);
Team records: Cheshire 15-0; Amity 11-4.