NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk 16U Riptide softball team completed its season last weekend with a second-place finish at the Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League year-end tournament in Ridgefield. The weekend before, Riptide placed third at the Babe Ruth 16U New England Regional Tournament in Lancaster, N.H.
The New England tournament was the weekend of the 21st, the Fairfield County tournament was July 28-29.
In pool play Saturday, Riptide bested Xplosion Blue 4-3 and then fell to Xplosion Red 7-3 before rains wiping out its third pool play game. On Sunday, Riptide faced the Stamford Stars in the quarterfinals and recorded a 9-1 run-rule win. Tori Dugan, Amy Hurd and Nicole Bonanni each had two hits as Riptide took advantage of numerous Stamford errors. Hurd allowed only three hits while striking out three.
In the semifinal, Riptide recorded a 3-0 win against the No. 2 seeded Xplosion Blue, which had received a first-round bye. Amy Hurd, Becky Stefanatos and Ryan Lajoie had multiple hits for the Riptide. Erin Frederick added a pinch hit double in the seventh inning, plating the third run to secure the win. Lajoie allowed two hits while striking out seven.
In the championship game, Riptide dropped a tight 1-0 decision to Xplosion Red. This was Riptide’s third game of the day and the second for Xplosion, which received a first-round bye. Victoria Ceballos (Xplosion) and Amy Hurd locked horns on the mound. Riptide, however, was held to two hits by Ceballos, and though the team had opportunities to plate a run or two, the hit it needed never came. Xplosion’s only run came in the fourth inning on a single by Ceballos and a double by Alex Moreski. Katelyn Spielman and Hurd had hits for Riptide.