Falcons earn quarterfinal win

Andrew Salveson delivers to the plate during Fairfield Ludlowe’s 10-2 victory over St. Joseph in Trumbull on Monday. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Andrew Salveson delivers to the plate during Fairfield Ludlowe’s 10-2 victory over St. Joseph in Trumbull on Monday.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

The playoffs offer teams a new beginning, but the last thing coach Keith O’Rourke’s Fairfield Ludlowe baseball team wanted to do was clean the slate.
The sixth-seeded Falcons, winners of 10 straight games to close the regular season, continued their fine play with a 10-2 FCIAC quarterfinal victory over third-seeded St. Joseph in Trumbaull on Monday.
Ludlowe (14-7) were slated to play seventh-seeded Danbury High in last night’s semifinal. The title game is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Yard.
Being successful in baseball begins with pitching, and Andrew Salveson proved himself a winner on the big stage.
The right-handed senior used guile, fortitude, and a lot of heart to hold off the free-swinging Cadets until his offense came through with a five-run rally in the fourth inning.
Charlie Meder walked with the game tied at 2 to start the fourth, and Salveson put together a good at bat before he singled to left field for the fourth hit off Cadet starter Stanley Wolpiuk.
Mikey Arman placed a bunt up the third-base line, and Meder got a good jump off second.
That made Wolpiuk hesitate for a moment before throwing late to first base.
Kevin Hickey stepped the plate with the bases now loaded, and delivered the game’s key hit with a double that rolled into the left field corner to score two runs.
Mike Poudrier followed with an RBI double and Tommy Howell singled him in for a 7-2 advantage.
Before the outburst, Salveson and the Falcons had to weather a strong start by St. Joseph (15-6).
The Cadets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the opening frame, but with one out, Hickey fired home from first base for a force out and Salveson rang up a key strikeout.
Ludlowe made consecutive errors to open the second, but Salveson fielded a bunt and got the force to Mike Kochiss at third.
Howell then made a fine play on a sinker to right field, before Victor D’Ascenzo speared a liner to shortstop to retire the side.
Ludlowe took a 1-0 lead in the first.
D’Ascenzo and Kochiss had one-out singles.
With two out and Salveson at the plate, Kochiss broke for second, was caught in a rundown, and D’Ascenzo crossed the plate before the third out was recorded.
In the third, Connor Quinn singled with one out, Howell walked, and D’Ascenso plated the second run with a grounder to the right side of the infield.
St. Joseph scored twice in the third inning to tie the game.
Ryan Moran led off with a home run. After a single, an infield hit and throwing error put runners on the corners for Jake Amoroso, who singled to make it 2-2.
Nick Williams followed with another hit, but Arman in left field came up throwing and got the runner at the plate, with Poudrier making the tag for the third out.
After the five-run fourth-inning uprising, Ludlowe added two runs in the fifth on Hickey’s two-run single, which scored Meder and Arman.
The Falcons tacked on another run in the seventh.
Peter Cross came on in relief to start the sixth and pitched two innings of no-hit ball.

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