Liggett senior Angelia Evangelista played well in her final high school softball game, but the result was a loss to Clinton. photo by Renato Jamett.
June 19, 2014University Liggett girls' softball team was one win from making a second straight Final Four after losing 12-5 to Clinton in a Division 3 quarterfinal game at Chelsea High School last week.
"I told the girls that we lost a D1 and D2 player today, but it doesn't mean our returning players can't improve and our freshmen coming in will help us be competitive," head coach Ted Alpert said. "We needed our best effort today and gave it our best shot, but Clinton was the better team today."
The Knights scored first to take a 1-0 lead, but Zarine Minwalla gave up a grand slam in Clinton's six-run second inning as they fell behind for good.
Minwalla suffered the loss, going six innings and giving up 13 hits, eight earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts. However, she tried to help her own cause at the plate, walking three times in her four plate appearances.
The offense was led by Anna Majewski, who was 3-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs, and Kacie Wuthrich, who was 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.
Taylor Slayton was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Emily Kanakry was 1-for-4 with a two-run double. Angelia Evangelista, in her final high school game, was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
"We had a good run and another good season," Alpert said. "We had two seniors, Angelia Evangelista and Emma Nicholas, who brought a winning attitude and a hate-to-lose attitude to this team, which rubbed off on the other girls.
"Our girls know what it takes to win and Liggett softball will continue to win next year, too. I'm proud of our girls."
Liggett finished its season 25-10 overall and loses Evangelista and Nicholas to graduation.
The bulk of the team returns, including the 2015 senior class of Slayton, Wuthrich and Minwalla.