Falcons off to fine start

The Fairfield Ludlowe baseball team put all its ducks in a row with a 6-1 victory at Trumbull High on April 19.
The win for coach Mike Francese’s Falcons left the Eagles with their first FCIAC loss and upped Ludlowe’s record to 4-2.
Kevin Hickey won his second straight decision. He limited Trumbull (4-2) to four hits and a sixth-inning run.
Mikey Arman hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, and finished the game with four RBIs. Hickey had two hits and drove in a run.
Ludlowe opened its season with three straight victories, defeating in order Newtown (10-4), Hamden (2-0) and Harding of Bridgeport (12-3). Then came losses to Darien (5-0) and Ridgefield (6-4).
Trinity Catholic of Stamford paid a visit to Kiwanis Field on April 21, and the crispness found in the win over Trumbull was missing, as the Crusaders left town with a 6-3 victory.
Danny Stanco, who closed out the Trumbull with a scoreless seventh inning, got the start and the right-hander was shortchanged by his defense from the outset.
Trinity Catholic (4-1) took advantage of an inning-opening error to put three runs on the board.
Ludlowe drew two runs back in the bottom of the second, off Crusader left-hander Cameron Greig.
Connor Daley opened the rally with a one-out single to center, only to be erased trying to advance to second on a wild pitch.
Dave Pierpont restarted the engine with a single to left field and Nate Klein worked out a free pass.
Billy Moeder grounded sharply to shortstop, but the Crusaders’ Randy Polonia decided to get the force himself, and Klein slid safely into the bag to load the bases.
Tommy Ryan then flied to right-center, and the Trinity outfielders misplayed the ball as two runners crossed the plate.
Patrick O’Leary flied out to deep center, but Ludlowe had closed the gap to 3-2.
The good fortune didn’t carry over, however, as Trinity Catholic scored two more unearned runs in the top of the third.
Chris Howell in center field ended the frame by throwing a bee-bee shot to Moeder at the plate to get the third out trying to score on a single.
Down 5-2, Ludlowe loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning. Kevin Hickey and Pierpont were hit by pitches around another single by Daley. Klein’s hit to right field was run down to retire the side.
Chris Huzil came on in relief to start the fourth and set the Crusaders down in order, one on strikes.
The right-handed Huzil gave up a leadoff single in the fifth, before Ryan started a 6-4-3 double play that was turned by Klein.
Ludlowe scored a run in the fifth, but a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded left the Falcons wanting for more.
Howell singled and Arman doubled to right-center field to plate the run.
Hickey walked and Trinity Catholic brought Connor Amann on in relief. The right-hander notched the Crusaders’ first strikeout, and after walking Pierpont to load the bases, fielded a comebacker to start the inning-ending double play.
Arman allowed one hit in pitching a scoreless sixth, but Ludlowe stranded O’Leary, who had singled with two out, in the bottom of the frame.

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