Ludlowe edged out in FCIAC semifinals

Fairfield Ludlowe earned its way into a rematch with New Canaan in the FCIAC softball semifinals on Tuesday.
The seventh-seeded Falcons wanted a chance to show that their 6-0 regular-season loss to the sixth-seeded Rams wasn’t emblematic of the type of effort of which they were capable.
Ludlowe outhit New Canaan, 5-3, but the Rams posted the game’s only run to win a 1-0 decision at Pioneer Park on the campus of Sacred Heart University.
“This group was sky high,” coach Tony Samuelian said of his team’s attitude following its 6-4 quarterfinal win over Westhill of Stamford. “The juices were flowing and we came out today and did a heckuva job.
“She (the Rams’ Ali Reilly) was throwing well, and was just wild enough to keep us off balance.”
While Reilly stranded all five runners, and allowed only one to reach second base, Ludlowe’s Brigette Anderson was tougher to hit.
“All I can say is Brigette came through,” Samuelian said of his right-handed sophomore. “The kid only pitched against some of the softer teams in the league. She is not fazed by anyone. She doesn’t get rattled.”
New Canaan (16-6) moved into Thursday FCIAC final with top-seeded St. Joseph of Trumbull (19-3) with a fifth-inning run.
Reilly reached on a misplayed popup to start the frame, and Claire Conley came in as the courtesy runner.
Neither team had brought a batter to the plate with a runner on second base until Conley stole second.
Anderson retired the next two batters on a catch by Gillian Kennedy in left-center field and a pop up to Alice Nelson at second.
That brought No. 9 batter Rachel Kortman to the plate, and with the count 1-2 the junior singled to center to plate Conley.
Nelson singled to open the seventh and moved to second on Nicky Tygeson’s comebacker to Reilly.
Katie Decarlo was denied another swing by Rams’ catcher Jordan Ventura, who went against the screen to catch her foul pop, and Colleen Lambert lined a shot toward right field, which was gloved by the leaping Amanda Frattaroli at first base for the final out.
Emily Nelson singled with two out in the first, Kennedy with two outs in the third, and Brenna Martini with one out in the fourth.
Aliza Guerrero singled with one out in the sixth.
New Canaan had an infield hit in the third and a clean single with one out in the fourth, when the Rams threatened.
After Marlee Ready’s single, Jordan Ventura hit the ball to right field, where Lambert came up throwing and caught Ready rounding second base too far, with Nelson making the tag.
Kennedy robbed Courtney Rogers of a base hit in the second.
Martini had two triples and drove in two runs in the win over second-seeded Westhill Guerrero had two hits and scored two runs.

New Canaan defeated St. Joseph, 2-1, in Thursday’s title game.

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