Three area softball teams’ seasons come to an abrupt end Wednesday with losses in the first round of postseason play.
In Division III, No. 11 seed Conant lost to sixth-seeded Belmont, 11-5, while No. 14 seed Fall Mountain fell to No. 3 White Mountains, 7-0. In Division IV, No. 11 Hinsdale lost to No. 6 Farmington, 10-9.
The Orioles looked poised for an upset over the Red Raiders after taking a 3-1 lead in the third inning, but things fell apart when Belmont rallied for nine runs in the fifth.
Manea Aho had a team-leading three hits and drove in one of Conant’s five runs, but also took the loss in the circle, lasting 4.2 innings and striking out five.
The Wildcats had it worse in their shutout loss to White Mountains. Fall Mountain gave up four unearned runs in the first three innings on defensive miscues, and the team struck out 17 times against White Mountains ace Haile Hicks.
White Mountains has been to the Division III finals each of the last seven years and won the title in each of its last three attempts.
“If we took away the four errors, it was like a 3-0 game. So, very pleased for the most part,” Fall Mountain Coach Kevin Hicks said. “If we could’ve caught a couple fly balls and threw some people out at first base it would’ve been a real game, but we competed with them.”
The Pacers’ game against the Tigers was the most competitive of the bunch.
After falling behind early, 5-0, Hinsdale came back with some timely hitting to take a 7-5 lead. Both teams grabbed the lead back (8-7 for Farmington, 9-8 for Hinsdale) before the host Tigers dealt the final blow.
“They did battle; they didn’t give up,” Hinsdale Coach Terry Bonnette said of his squad. “We haven’t been hitting well for a while, but they swung the bats pretty well today.
“I think we made a few mistakes and gave them runs that they shouldn’t have gotten and I think that was the difference. Not that they didn’t make some mistakes, they did as well, but we made some mistakes that led to two or three runs.”