CHATHAM -- District 17 champion Wappinger broke up a tie game with four runs in the top of the fifth inning and went on to defeat Chatham, 8-5, in Tuesday's Section 2 9-10 year-old softball game.
The two teams will meet again in the double elimination tournament on Wednesday night at Robinson Lane Park in Wappingers Falls. If Chatham wins, a third and deciding game would be played on Thursday at a site to be determined.
Wappinger didn't get its first hit off of Chatham pitcher Skyler Groom until the fifth inning, but was still able to plate three runs over the first four innings, making the most of walks and aggressive base running.
Wappinger plated its first run in the first inning when Maria Halvey walked, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
The score remained 1-0 until the second when Wappinger added another run when Gia Mejia walked, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on Paige Hotle's ground out.
Chatham evened the score in the bottom of the third. Marsy Chudy walked, stole second and third and scored on Meta Mae Mountain's infield single. Aubrey Rowe followed with a triple, scoring Mountain.
Wappinger broke the tie in the fourth without the benefit of a base hit. Kiera Witchey walked, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Chatham didn't trail for long, though, as it came back with a run in the last of the fourth. Samantha Silver reached on an infield error and pinch-runner Chudy promptly stole second and third and came into score when Wappinger botched a rundown between third and home.
Wappinger finally managed to create some breathing room in the fifth when Lauren Shook led off with a single, went to second on a throwing error and scored on Hotle's base hit. An error, three walks and wild pitches allowed three more runs to score to make it a 7-3 game.
Chatham cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth with two runs, one of which was driven in on an infield single by Lauren Wilcox, but Wappinger went on to add an insurance run in the sixth, then held Chatham scoreless in the home half of the frame to sew up the victory.
Chatham managed just four hits off of winning pitcher Kaelyn Brenner. Rowe's triple was the lone extra base hit. Mountain, Elcox and Silver each had a single.
Shook tripled and singled for Wappinger. Hotle added two singles.
Brenner turned in a complete game for the win, striking out 16 and walking two.
Groom took the loss, striking out 13, walking 10 and allowing seven runs and four hits in five innings. Mountain pitched the sixth, surrendering one run and two hits with one walk.