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LATEST UPDATE: WAVE DROP STUNNER TO LUDLOWE
Ludlowe 3, Darien 2 - Coming off a huge win against Masuk, a letdown was natural. Unfortunately, that letdown came against the senior-laiden Falcons of Ludlowe.
Despite another 13 strikeout performance from Junior Erika Osherow, the Falcons were able to scatter the seven Blue Wave hits over all seven innings and limit the scoring to just two runs in the second inning. Osherow's homerun got the ball running. Senior captain Julia Domiziano also had two hits.
FCIAC PREVIEW: League Enjoys Unprecedented Depth
If you have not been paying attention to FCIAC softball the last few seasons, you have missed one of the greatest shifts of power the conference has ever seen.
For 30 years the league was controlled by three communities -- Stamford, Norwalk and Trumbull.
With the increased numbers in youth leagues, greater participation in summer travel teams and quality coaching at the high school level, towns like Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich and Fairfield quickly inserted themselves into the conversation.
The good news is, the teams from Trumbull, Stamford and Norwalk are still just as good, creating one of the league's most competitive atmospheres where once there was great imbalance.
Darien won the league in 2011 and '12 and New Canaan claimed its first ever championship last season while Greenwich had its best campaign in recent memory.
The increased parity does not appear to be an anomaly because as these upstarts graduate players from championship teams, more quality players are coming up through the ranks to replace them.
Teams to watch
DARIEN - The Blue Wave have one of the best players in the state in ace Erika Osherow and a solid core around her, meaning a return to the title game is in their sights. IF Julia Domiziano, C Rebecca DeMaio and SS Avery Maley should provide stout defense and big hitting behind Osherow.
WAVE GETS ON A ROLL IN NON-LEAGUE OPENER
Darien 12, Brookfield 0 (6 inn.) - Blue Wave softball started off the 2014 with something to prove. On Wednesday, they got off to a great start with a dominating performance against Brookfield.
Junior Erika Osherow was absolutely perfect, not allowing a single baserunner and striking out 12 hitters over 6 innings. Junior Kelly Vodola provided all the offense Osherow would need, getting on base three times and scoring each time.
Osherow's perfect game was nearly ruined in the fifth, when a Brookfield hitter drove the ball into the right-centerfield gap. However, Junior Lauren Cicero made a beautiful running catch, saving perfection for her pitcher.
FIRST FCIAC GAME, FIRST FCIAC WIN FOR WAVE
Darien 12, Wilton 0 (5 inn.) - The Blue Wave kept the strong start going with their first conference win on Friday in five innings. Junior Erika Osherow was once again dominant, striking out the side in the first inning and finishing with 9 Ks in four innings of work. Freshmen Sophia Barbour threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Junior Rebecca DeMaio and Freshman Cassidy Schiff led the way on offense with 3 RBIs each. Osherow added four hits of her own, and senior captain Julia Domiziano add a pair of hits.
WAVE KNOCKS OFF STATE CHAMPS MASUK
Darien 1, Masuk 0 - Coach DeMaio said it perfectly following Saturday's non-league matchup. "That was one of the best high school softball games I have ever seen."
And it was, as Junior Erika Osherow went pitch-for-pitch with All-State pitching star Tatum Buckley. Osherow struck out 13 on the day; Buckley had 9 Ks.
With that sort of pitching dominance, it would only take one run to solidify a win. That run came in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Freshman Cassidy Schiff racked up an 8-pitch at-bat that finished with a line drive to right, the first hit for the Wave. Two batters later, Sophomore Lexi Lopiano tripped a 2-2 fastball down the left field line that was nearly caught by the diving left fielder. Fortunately, the ball rolled all the way to the fence, and Schiff was able to score all the way from first.
That would be all that Osherow would need. On the afternoon, she gave up just two hits, both to Buckley, and a walk.
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Darien Blue Wave Softball Contact Information: Head Coach Nick DeMaio
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