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Ferris 2012 NVL Pitcher of The Year

Kelly Ferris was chosen NVL pitcher of the year.

All NVL Players chosen were:
Kelly Ferris, Katie Petroski and Carissa Wasikowski

All Brass Division

Brianna Donnarummo
and Sarah Molin

Seymour's perfect run ends in marathon Class M semifinal

WEST HAVEN — There was disappointment in one dugout, jubilation on the other side and appreciation all over.
The disappointment hung heavy with No. 1 Seymour on Tuesday night as a perfect season and hopes for a Class M state title ended after 11 drama-filled innings in a 1-0 loss to Rocky Hill at West Haven High.
The euphoria belonged to the No. 4 Terriers (21-1), who will play for their first state crown Saturday at 3 p.m. against Granby.
Both sides walked away knowing they were part of a classic confrontation that seemed destined to go into the wee hours of the morning.
"It was a great game of softball that came down to one mistake and we made it," said Seymour coach Ken Pereiras after his team fell to 24-1. "We made some great plays, (Rocky Hill) made some great plays. It was 11 innings of great softball."
And that came from the losing coach, who for the first time all the season saw his team unable to come up with the winning play.
The Terriers' Megan Ruonavarra and the Wildcats' Kelly Ferris locked in a marvelous pitching duel that made runs extinct for most of the night. The hitters were unable to string together any type of rally.
Finally, in the 11th inning, something gave. With one out, Rocky Hill's Laura Dabruzzi ripped a single up the middle. Ferris bore down and made Katie Slavin her 12th strikeout of the night, but not before Dabruzzi stole second base.
Caitlyn Bogus then hit a hard shot toward the middle that second baseman Stefanie Willette fielded cleanly. But her throw was in the dirt and scooted by first baseman Brianna Donarummo as Dabruzzi scampered home with the winning run.
Seymour did not go quietly in the bottom of the inning. Sarah Molin reached on an error with one out. Katie Petroski followed with a shot up the middle that Ruonavarra speared on the line and threw to first to double up Molin and end the game.
"The was a nice way to end it," said Ruonavarra.
Ruonavarra, finding great success on the outside part of the plate, was brilliant throughout the game, limiting Seymour to just four hits while striking out 11. The Wildcats did not get a runner on base until the fourth inning and only once, in the seventh, did a runner reach third base. Only two runners reached in the last four innings.
"I know Seymour has a great team and they hit over 20 home runs this season," said Ruonavarra. "But I knew if we could keep (the game scoreless) that our team would score some runs."
"It's the best game I've seen her throw," said Rocky Hill coach Jim Ferris. "She never wavers. She moves the ball to all parts of the zone and got out of jams. It's the biggest game she has ever pitched and she pitched her best against a team with that kind of lineup. And Seymour is a great team."
Seymour shortstop Grace Nesbit, who made a catch over her shoulder in the 10th inning to rob the Terriers of the go-ahead run with two outs, was convinced.
"(Ruonavarra) is one of the best pitchers I've ever faced,' said Nesbit.
Ferris was also brilliant with a touch of grit to go with it. After walking a pair in the first inning, she settled down and kept the Terriers off of the board. Despite giving up six hits in the final four innings, only an error allowed Rocky Hill to cross home plate.

One team goes on; one team goes home, both with heads high.

Seymour rolls into semi-finals

SEYMOUR — Friday's Class M softball quarterfinal — billed as a classic matchup between the best team in the state, Seymour, and the phenom from Stonington, Andrea Chiaradio, who pitched her way into Sports Illustrated a month ago — failed to live up the hype from the very beginning.

The undefeated, No. 1 Wildcats were just too good.

"So much for my 1-0 prediction for this game," Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said. "We came out and hit the ball real well. Right off the bat, in the first inning, we just jumped on them early, and our bats were alive."

Seymour scored six runs in the first two innings to knock Chiaradio out of the game, then cruised to a 17-5 victory with 15 hits, including three from Kayla O'Hara and a pair of long home runs and five RBI from Katie Petroski.

"She is a great pitcher, but we are that kind of team that can put the bat on the ball and hit it a long way," Petroski said. "We can hit some shots. Also, our small hitters, too, set the table for our big bats. That is really important, too."

Seymour (25-0) advanced to the semifinals to play No. 4 Rocky Hill (20-1).

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Brianna Donnarummo's single to score Sarah Molin, the Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning without hitting a ball more than 10 feet. Morgan Scinto walked and both O'Hara and Stephanie Willette laid down quality bunts that a good-fielding team might have turned into outs.

Stonington failed to do so, and the Wildcats made them pay. Molin singled home two runs, Wasikowski doubled in two more, and Grace Nisbet's RBI single gave Seymour a 6-0 lead. Chiaradio took an early exit.

Earlier this season, Chiaradio made national headlines by striking out all 21 batters she faced in a perfect game against Norwich Free Academy. Friday, she never got into a rhythm.

"I think she was squeezed (on the strike zone) a little," Stonington coach Ann Marie Houle said. "Andrea is a good pitcher. I think she did as good as she could have. I thought she was in a good rhythm. She had a good warmup. In some cases, I just think the game was taken away from her."

Houle replaced her with Theresa Kane to start the third, but Seymour kept swinging away. An RBI double from O'Hara and a two-run homer from Petroski were the big blows in the four-run inning that gave the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.

"We had a good game today," O'Hara said. "We all hit. We did really well. We have a good offensive team, but last game our bats were kind of dead. But today we just kind of brought them back and just whammed the ball."

And whammed it and whammed it. Carissa Wasikowski had a pair of two-run doubles. Donnarummo had a two hits, including a double.

"That is just the type of team we have," Wasikowski said. "We have been facing good pitchers all year long. The whole entire lineup is just full of good hitters. It is just everyone. If someone gets a big hit, it just pumps us all up."

Both Nisbet and Willette had a pair of singles. O'Hara scored four runs while Molin, Petroski, Scinto and Willette each scored three.

"A big part of our team right now is the two little ones, Scinto and Willette, whom we were pinch-hitting for earlier in the year," Pereiras said. "But now we are looking forward to getting them at bat. They lay down bunts well, they are good slap hitters, plus they are quick on the bases, so a little bunt they can beat out for a hit. The last two weeks they have been solid."

Seymour pitcher Kelly Faris gave up two-run homers to Stonington's Ally Curiso and Jaclyn Paride, but that wasn't until the game was well in hand and the Wildcats had taken care of business.

"It was more just proving to ourselves that we can do it," Ferris said. "We have confidence, but it is just a nice feeling moving on to the next level and doing so well against (Chiaradio)."

Petroski said the infusion of confidence comes at a perfect time for the Wildcats, who have their sights set on the ninth state title in program history.

"We feel a lot of confidence going into our next game," Petroski said. "But all season we have been confident. We know we are a good team, and we know we can beat anyone if we really have our best game out there. I think it is how we come together as a team."

Softball: Molin, Seymour advance to Class M quarterfinals

Sarah Molin's RBI single with two outs in the fifth gave No. 1 Seymour the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over No. 16 East Haven on Wednesday in the second round of the Class M tournament in Seymour.

Kelly Ferris scattered five hits and struck out 10 for the NVL champions, who improved to 24-0.

Seymour will host No. 8 Stonington in the quarterfinals on Friday at 5.

Stonington ace Andrea Chiaradio, who made national news earlier this season by striking out all 21 batters in a 3-0 win over Norwich Free Academy.

"She throws hard, but not as quick as Torrington (pitcher Sydney Matzko). They're a good team and have some speed," Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said.

Morgan Scinto, who led off the fifth with a bunt single, was sacrificed to second and scored on Molin's hit, led Seymour with two hits.

East Haven grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second before the Wildcats' Katie Petroski tied the score with a two-run double in the third.

Final (rep-Am)

Seymour 2 Torrington 0



Cats Bats Stay alive

With no score in the third inning against Naugatuck in the semi-finals of the NVL tournament, Brianna Donnarummo stepped to the plate with 2 runners on base.  She then launched a missile over the leftfield fence for a 3 run home run to give the cats a 3-0 lead.  The Cats got 4 more in the 4th Sarah Molin doubled driving in 2 and Katie Petroski blasted 1 over the centerfield fence for a 7-0 win over the greyhounds.  Ferris got the shutout limiting Naugy to 2 hits.

Cats Bomb Holy Cross in NVL Opener


The cats exploded for 7runs in the first inning against the Crusaders in the opening round of the NVL Tournament at Naugatuck.  Molin started the inning with a single, followed by a double by Petro and a 2 run sigle by Waz, her 100th cacreer hit.  Dumo followed with a 2 run home run and by time the inning was over the cats batted around and led 7-0.  Petro finished the night with 4 hits and a couple RBI's.  Dumo also singled driving in 2 and had 2 Sac flys for RBI's finishing with 6 on the night.  Ferris had a couple doubles and RBI's and pitched a 1 hitter striking out 7 for her 17th win.

Cats finish regular season perfect 20-0

The Cats exploded for 7 first inning runs to beat Wolcott 8-1.  Molin started the rally with a lead-off double and scored on a Petro single as the Cats sent 12 batters to the plate.  Petro led the way with 3 hits.  Nibby, the cookie cutters, Morgie and Swillie each had 2 hits.  Ferris limited the Eagles to an unearned run in the 6th and gave up only 3 hits.

The cats came back from a 4-2 defecit to beat Watertown 6-4.  Petro had 3 hits and a couple RBI's.  Nibbie and Swillie chipped in with 2 hits.  ferris got the win giving up 6 hits and striking out 6.

Cats Clinch Brass Division

One of the goals set every season is winning the Brass Division.  That goal was met with a 21-1 win at St. paul.  The cats pounded out 21 hits with Dumo leading the way with 4 hits, 2 were home runs, 1 a grand salami, with 8 RBI's. Petro and Molin had 3 hits.  Lefty picked up win #14, while Nibby closed out the game with 2 scoreless innings.  cats go to 18-0.

Cats 13-3 over Woodland (rep-am)

In what might have been the best offensive inning of the season the Cats scored 8 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 13-3 win over Woodland to go to 17-0.  Sarah Molin led off with a double and Katie Petroski doubled in 2 runs to give the cats the lead.  Petroski led the offense with 2 doubles, a home run and 4 RBI's.  Molin had 3 hits, and Brianna Donnarummo went back to back with Petro with a 6th inning home run. Grace Nisbet also had 3 hits, a couple doubles.  Ferris limited the Hawks to 5 hits.
Cats survive Ansonia scare

With the Cats trailing Ansonia in the 6th Makayla O'Hara slammed a lead-off triple and the Cats seemed in business to tie the game.  As Willette bunted to third Makayla raced for home, but 2 perfect throws nailed her at the plate.  With 2 outs Petro tripled, and scored on a error to tie it up at 2-2.   Then in the 8th with 2 down and Willette (single) at first Molin hit a ball to short and the throw was wide to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Up came Waz, who has done well in these spots in the past, laced a sinking line drive to right that got by the right fielder for a 3 run home run.  Now it was up to Ferris to close out the Chargers.  After a triple and a walk, runners on second and third, Ferris struck out the next 2 and got a pop-up, which Kravec hustled for, to end the ball game and win a tough 5-2 battle.  Ferris relieved Waz who pitched 4 solid innings to pick up her 12th win of the season striking out 6 with 1 walk.  The Cats now are 16-0.

Game 15, a no-hitter for Ferris, was a 6-0 blanking of the Raiders from Derby.  Ferris struck out 7 and only gave up a first inning walk.  Waz saved the no-no by throwing out the last batter at first on a sharp hit to right.  The cookie-cutters, Swillie and Morgie. had a couple of hits.  Dumo slugged a 2 run homer in the 6th. Molin had a couple hits and a walk.

Game 14 Cats shutout Crosby 13-0

Ferris shout out the Bulldogs striking out 7 and scattering 6 hits. Offensively Petro had a grand slam, single and a walk with 4 RBI's. Molin 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI's. While Scinto, Willette and Dumo had a couple hits.



Nisbet, Scinto combine on perfect game


Not feeling real well, Grace Nisbet was able to get through 3 innings of pitching to get her first win on the mound, as the Cats pounded Wilby 18-0.  Morgan Scinto finished the perfecto by getting the last 6 outs.  Blake Kravec led the offense with 3 singles and 5 RBI's.  Katie Petroski homered and singled and had 4 RBI's.

Cats go to 12-0


On a cold day at Municipal Stadium, Kelly Ferris retired the first 14 batters she faced before a 2 out double ended the perfecto. The runner tried for third but a perfect relay from Waz to Swilly to Nibby nailed the runner at third. Ferris finished the game allowing 2 hits and striking out 11 in the 6-0 win against Kennedy.  Ferris also had 2 hits.  Brianna Donnarummo singled in 2 runs to get the Cats going.  Defensively, the Cats were perfect, making all the plays.

Earlier in the week, Carissa Wasikowski gave up a hit to the first Sacred Heart batter, and that would be it, in a 16-0 5 inning game.  Waz struck out 5.  Offensively, Katie Petroski, led the way with a single, 2 Home Runs and 7 RBI's.  Makayla O'Hara, Dumo, and Morgan Scinto each had 2 hits.

Cats go to 10-0 with 4-2 win at Holy Cross

On a chilly day at Holy Cross, the Crusader outfielders seemed to be playing a mile away from home plate.  A couple of long bombs became routine outs as Petro, Waz and Molin hit shots that were easily caught and the cats struggled to win.  In the first the Cats scored 2 runs when Btianna Donnarummo blasted a double to right scoring Molin, who singled and Waz, who walked.  Holy Cross came up with 1 in the second .  The Cats came back with 2 in the 5th for a 4-1 lead.  Holy Cross had the tying runs on in the 7th but Kelly Ferris was able to get out of it for her 8th win and teams 10th in a row.  Ferris pitched well giving up only 1 earned run in the 7th.

7th inning rally beats Naugatuck for win #9


Sarah Molin doubled in the bottom of the 7th and Carissa Wasikowski lined a shot over the right fielders head for a 3-2 win.

Molin also had an RBI single, scoring Katie Petroski, who led off off the game with a single and stole second, gave the Cats an early lead.  The Greyhounds then took the lead 2-1.  The cats came back on an RBI double by Brrianna Donnarummo to tie the score in the 3rd.  Pitchers dominated the game the next few innings until the 7th when Molin and Waz gave the Cats win #9.  Kelly Ferris was again masterful on the mound limiting the greyhounds to 2 unearned runs.  She had 6 K's lowering her ERA to .2....


Win # 8 came against a good Wolcott team, as the cats pounded out 13 hits.  Petro, single, tripled and hit a 3 run Home Run and 4 RBI's.  Molin with 3 hits and Grace Nisbet chipped in with 2 hits.  Ferris limited the usually powerful hitting Eagles tom 6 hits  while striking out 8 and giving up an unearned run in the 7th.

Cats start slow finish strong

In the second the cats took the lead when Ferris scored on an rbi infield out by Morgan Scinto.  Watertown tied it up on an unearned run in the 4th. The bats came alive in the 5th with a walk a single by Carissa Wasikowski an error and a 3 run home run by Mikayla O'Hara making it 5-1.  Katie Petroski singled in Grace Nesbit in the 6th to make it 6-1.  Laura Dieckman pinch hitting for Ferris in the 7th blasted a 3 run home run to complete the scoring.  Ferris (5-0) gave up 4 hits while striking out 5.  Wolcott comes to town Wednesday at 5.

SOFTBALL: Seymour smacks 3 homers, defeats Hale-Ray, 6-2

Sports Editor

MOODUS — Hale-Ray’s Katelyn Nichisti was perfect through 11 batters.

But not 12.

Seymour’s Carissa Wasikowski smacked a two-out triple in the fourth to break up Nichisti’s gem, teammate Katie Petroski hit two homers and the Wildcat bats woke up in a 6-2 win at Hale-Ray on Saturday.

Every run of the game was scored with two outs.

Wasikowski also pitched four shutout innings and homered (Wasikowski and Petroski combined to hit the center-field fence four times) as No. 1 Seymour improved to 6-0. Ninth-ranked Hale-Ray dropped to 1-3.

“We were a little sluggish early, but that’s been a trait of ours,” Seymour coach Ken Pereiras said. “We struggle early, but the bats come alive the second time through the lineup.”

And particularly with two outs Saturday. Bowdoin-bound senior Kelly Ferris doubled with two outs to score Wasikowski in the fourth, then Petroski and Wasikowski each homered with two outs in the fifth.

Petroski blasted her second home run off Hale-Ray reliever Rachel Pease in the seventh inning, a drive to straightaway center that one-hopped the fence.

“It was a 2-0 count, so I knew I was going to see a good one,” said Petroski, a sophomore. “I put a good swing on it — do what I do.”

Hale-Ray catcher and senior captain Lydia Walter homered in the fifth inning with teammate Hillary Ballek on base for the Noises’ only runs.

Nichisti (1-2) pitched five innings and allowed five runs, and Pease struck out one and gave up the second Petroski homer in two innings of relief.

Hale-Ray — the defending Class S champion — dropped its second game in as many days (losing 8-0 to Haddam-Killingworth on Friday) and has already matched its loss total from last season.

“I keep telling my players: ‘We’re losing to good teams, very good teams,’” Hale-Ray coach Suzy Miner said. “It’s a learning process. I don’t think three losses in the first four games are good for anyone’s mojo, but it’s how we end that matters.”

Hale-Ray had its chances Saturday. In the first inning, leadoff hitter Alex Lafemina advanced to third with no outs before Wasikowski induced a pair of shallow fly balls and a groundout.

After Wasikowski struck out the side in the second inning, Hale-Ray’s Jess Dombroski led off the third with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ballek. But Lafemina popped up a bunt in the next at-bat and Walter struck out to end the inning.

Hale-Ray stranded seven baserunners and finished with five hits from five different batters: Ashley Holmgren, Lafemina, Ballek, Walter and Pease.

“Defensively, we’re right on,” Miner said. “But we need to stop wasting our opportunities offensively. We had some good two-out rallies, but we need to score runners when they’re on.”

Hale-Ray lost its first game of the season at Griswold before defeating Westbrook.

Ferris (5-0) earned the win in relief for Seymour. She pitched 2§ innings and struck out five. Seymour finished with eights hits, all of which came in the final four innings.

Seymour has now allowed six runs in six games this season.  

Saturday was the first meeting between Hale-Ray and Seymour.

 Seymour plays at Watertown Monday.

Kelly Ferris to play on West team in
Scholar-Athlete Classic All-Star game.
 Coach Ken will be the Head Coach

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Waz Ferris Lift Cats over Torrington 4-0  (Video)


In a battle of NVL unbeatens, The Cats prevailed, despite making 4 errors, with some timely hitting and exellent pitching to beat Torrington (3-1) 4-0.  Ferris was able to get her way out of some early trouble in the first and second inning and was in control pretty much after that limiting the Red Raiders to 3 hits while striking out 7 with no walks.  It was a couple early miscues that got her in trouble, but she was able to work herself out of it.  After 3 innings of nothing, the Cats bats woke up in the 4th with Petro doubling over the left fielders head, a bunt by Molin, was misplayed and with runners on second and third Waz singled to center for 2 RBI's.  In the 6th Waz provided a little more of a cushion as she drilled a bomb to left-center after Molin singled to make it 4-0.   That was plenty for Ferris and the Cats as they improved to 5-0. 

The Cats will play last year's Class 'S' state champ Hale Ray on Saturday at Noon in Moodus.

Cats Pass First Big Test Beat Woodland 5-2


After scoring 50 runs in the first 3 games the Cats knew that game 4 would be different.  Woodland, the opponent, is always a tough matchup and this 2012 first matchup proved to be the same.  The Cats scored first when Sarah Molin hit a bomb to right field for a Home Run.  Two more singles by Dumo and Waz with O'Hara hitting a soft hit to right field.  Coach Ken took a shot sending Waz (Chubby Buns), but a good throw from right nailed her at the plate.  Woodland came right back with its only runs in the bootom of the first with a 2 out, a triple to left gave Woodland a lead. In the second Petro's triple plated the tieing run and Ferris was in control scattering 3 hits over the next 6 innings.  Dumo hit a bomb for a triple in the 3rd to give the Cats the lead, as the Cats tallied 3 to take a 5-2 lead.  After that both pitchers settled in to pitch shutout ball.


Big game on Wed. vs. Torrington...

Cats Open with 2012 with 3 wins


The new look Cats opened the 2012 season with a nice 18-0 win over Valley rival Derby.  Kelly Ferris gave up a couple hits while stiking out 11 and the young Cats bats pounded out 19 hits. Sarah Molin homered to lead the way.  Next up was other Valley Rival Ansonia and once again Ferris was tough on the mound giving up 2 runs in the 4th inning.  The Cats were led by Katie Petroski, Carissa Wasikowski and Brianna Donnarummo.  Melissa Blackwell, Morgan Scinot and Grace Nisbet also hit well.  The Cats pounded out 20 hits in the 18-2 beating of Ansonia.  The Cats would then get 19 hits against St. Paul in a 15-0 win.  Molin had 4 hits while Petro and Waz had 3 hits.  Dumo had a couple hits.  Kelsey Mahoney, making her Varsity debut, hit the ball hard both at bats with a single.  On the mound Waz allowed only 2 runners on a walk and an infield error while striking out 7 and finished with a no-hitter.