Ludlowe rallies to defeat Warde in extra innings

Fairfield Ludlowe was one out away from losing a 1-0 decision to Fairfield Warde when Alexa Binkowitz singled home Brittany Romero to send the FCIAC softball game between the town rivals to extra innings at Sturges Park on May 12.
Romero then ended the suspense when she crossed the plate in the home ninth to give coach Shari Paci’s Falcons a 2-1 victory.
Romero had singled with one out in the seventh, the fifth hit off Warde’s Gabby Natoli. Colleen Lambert sacrificed her to second with a bunt, before Binkowitz dropped a 1-1 pitch into center field to tie the game.
That single was one of only a few balls hit to the outfield which eluded the gloves of Sarah Cotto in left, Natalie De La Garrigue in center and Liz O’Reilly in right.
De La Garrigue doubled home Cotto, who had led off the top of the third with a single, for coach Gary Quiricone’s Mustangs (8-7, 6-7 FCIAC).
Brigette Anderson allowed only four hits and struck out five batters to keep Warde off the board for the next six innings. She retired eight consecutive batters, with Gillian Kennedy in center field leaning in on the run to take a hit away from Julia Palmieri to open the sixth.
Natoli reached on an infield hit with two outs in the inning only to be left stranded.
Brenna Martini singled to left field to open the second for Ludlowe, and Alice Nelson bunted her to second, but Natoli got a foul pop to Shannon McCartney at first and a looper to Michele Treglia at shortstop around a walk to Lambert.
Ludlowe kept swinging the bats, only to be denied by the Warde defense.
Katie DeCarlo beat out a shot to the hole that Treglia had no play on to start the fourth. But Cotto went back and to her left to track down Martini’s line shot toward the gap. Kenzie Burns then stayed with Nelson’s liner at her feet and threw her out from third base.
Ludlowe was back it in the fifth when Binkowitz singled through the hole into left and Anna Rasmussen reached safely after she lined a ball between third and short .
Warde’s Briana West then recovered a low pitch in the dirt from Natoli and threw out the runner trying to advance to third.
With two out in the sixth, Martini tested the Warde outfield again, but without hesitation Cotto got a good jump and reached out her liner to left-center before it could find the grass.

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