WASHINGTON - The Shepaug girls softball team finished the regular season with a flourish, and despite an early Class S Tournament exit, has a lot to look forward to.

The Spartans went 9-10 in the regular season and earned the No. 24 seed in the Class S tournament. That meant a trip out to play No. 9 Wheeler of the ECC on Tuesday and the Lions posted a 6-1 victory.

Shepaug was 2-5 after the first few weeks of the season before going on a four-game win streak to improve to 6-5 and set itself up for a berth in the state tournament. The spartans then hit the skids, losing five of six games, including a four-game losing streak that put the postseason in jeaopardy.

Wins over Gilbert and Terryville by a combined 30-5 to end the regular season locked up a state tournament bid.

“The season went pretty much as expected,” Shepaug coach Steve Pickett said . “We beat the teams we had to beat to make the state tournament. Our best win of the year was a 3-2 win against Wamogo, the number three ranked team in Class S.”

The loss to Wheeler came down to the opening inning when the Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Shepaug allowed just one more run the rest of the way but didn’t generate much for offense and saw its season come to an end.

“After we gave up five in first and our defense tightened up and we played even with them the rest of the game,” Pickett said. “Olivia Moore pitched better than the score indicates.”

The loss ended the Spartan careers of seniors Giana Johnson, Maribeth Seeger and Shannon Miller.

Junior Annie Rosa led the team in batting average at .508, Seeger scored a team-leading 22 runs and Johnson drove in a team high 27 runs. Sophomore Olivia Moore led the team in extra base hits with 14 and also led the team in wins with eight and 80 K’s.

Rosa made first team All-Berkshire League and was selected to the all-state team.

Johnson and Moore made second team All-Berkshire League and junior Paige Johnson was an honorable mention selection.

“We will miss our seniors but next year looks bright with many returning starters and this years role players ready to compete for starting spots,” Pickett said. “Our bench did a good job and got some experience filling in for injured players during the season and that should also help them going forward.”