During a routine check of the field prior to the Staples-Wilton softball game on Wednesday afternoon, the umpires noticed home plate was not properly aligned with the pitcher's rubber.

It took the grounds crew nearly thirty minutes to dig up the plate and re-set it. Turns out the plate wasn't the only thing that was just a bit off. The Lady Wreckers played an uninspired and sloppy game, committing four errors on their way to a 10-4 loss at Wilton.

"First of all, you have to give credit to Wilton, they played a great game," Staples Coach Mark Giordano said. "But we made a lot of mistakes that really hurt us."

Perhaps still stinging from Monday's 18-4 loss to Stamford, the Lady Wreckers came out sluggish. They surrendered a run in the bottom of the first, then got into more trouble in the second. Pitcher Sam Saccomano, who has been nursing a bad hand, gave up back-to-back triples to Michelle Holland and Dani Milkens, which gave the Lady Warriors a 2-0 lead.

The next hitter, Amy Salvato, grounded one back to Saccomano, who went to first for the out, but an alert Milkens raced home from third base to make it 3-0 Wilton.

The floodgates opened for Wilton (8-8, 8-6 FCIAC) in the bottom of

the third inning. Saccomano drilled back-to-back hitters, then gave up a single to Heather Sabino to load the bases. Saccomano then uncorked a wild pitch, bringing in Lizzette Roman-Johnson with Wilton's fourth run of the game. They added three more runs in the frame to make it 7-0. Saccomano was through after the inning, still plagued by a bad pitching hand.

"Sam has been to the doctor and her hand is bothering her," said Giordano. "She just doesn't have the same type of control that she had before.

Staples scratched for a run in the top of the fourth inning to avoid the shutout. Caitlin Kane led off with a double and came home on a single by Shannon Connors, but the Wreckers still trailed 7-1.

Wilton erupted for three more runs in the bottom of the fifth innning to make it 10-1. Staples didn't fold the tents, though. They battled back in the top of the sixth inning by plating three runs, two of them coming home on a double by Connors. But it wouldn't be enough.

"This is a tough week," said Gioradano. "We've already played two games and we have two more. Hopefully, we can get our confidence back. We're a really good team, but we need that confidence to come back."

With the loss, Staples drops to 10-5 overall, 9-5 in the FCIAC.