STAMFORD — There are no seniors and just two juniors on the Ludlowe High School softball team.

But the Falcons don’t feel that experience and team chemistry go hand-in-hand.

“The girls have been together a while. Going back to youth softball,” said Ludlowe coach Lou Bunosso. “Although we’re loaded with sophomores and freshmen our motto this season is simple: ‘The Sky is the Limit.’”

Ludlowe (1-1, 1-0 league) opened its FCIAC season on the proper note Monday as the Falcons soared to a 5-1 road triumph over Stamford High.

“We’re all friends,” said Ludlowe’s sophomore pitcher Kylee Holderied. “The group is tight and together. That’s how you get good chemistry.”

LUDLOWE SHUT THE DOOR ON STAMFORD

The victory began with the work of Holderied. After grinding through a first inning in hockey weather (windy, temperature in the 30s) where Stamford left the bases loaded, the sophomore right-hander was in command.

She fanned three straight Stamford hitters to get out of the first inning allowing just one run.

“I had an issue with my release point early,” Holderied said.

Holderied finished the afternoon with 13 strikeouts and a complete-game three-hitter.

“Kylee was amazing after the first inning,” said Ludlowe catcher Ira Boci. “She was hitting her spots with all her pitches.”

Holderied sent praise in many directions.

“Boci was framing my pitches so well. Our defense (no errors) was solid,” Holderied said. “I got into a groove. And I like pitching in pressure situations.”

LUDLOWE’S OFFENSE DID JUST ENOUGH

The Falcons took a 3-1 edge in the third inning. They batted around with Allie Clark and Margaret Nolan getting RBI singles while Boci had an RBI groundout.

Ludlowe gave Holderied more breathing room in the fourth as Boci clubbed a long two-out, two-run homer to left for 5-1.

“The pitch was a changeup. It was hanging a bit,” Boci said. “I just hit it.”

STAMFORD WILL GROW

Stamford (1-2, 0-1) has played three home games in bitterly cold conditions, so the Black Knights need time and warm weather to truly judge what they can be this season.

Stamford drew five walks and had three batters hit by pitches. But SHS managed just three hits — all by Gloria Mattioli, one of two seniors on the roster.

The Black Knights loaded the bases with none out in the first and scored their only run. They left the bases loaded in the fourth and stranded two runners in the sixth.

Left-hander Rebecca Schwartz contributed 31/3 scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts. SHS made just one error on the day.

“We have to learn how to adjust. Ludlowe made things happen when they had opportunities,” said Stamford coach Melissa Giordano. “We just have to keep growing. The girls know how to play. This is no time for excuses.”

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@stamfordadvocate.com

LUDLOWE 5, STAMFORD 1

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Records: Ludlowe 1-1, 1-0 FCIAC; Stamford 1-2, 0-1 FCIAC. Batteries: L—Kylie Holderied (W) and Ira Boci. S—Kim Saunders (L), Rebecca Schwartz (4) and Amy Covino. Highlights: L—Kylee Holderied had 13 strikeouts. Boci clubbed a two-run homer. Elizabeth Doolan, Allie Clark each had two hits. S—Gloria Mattioli had all three Stamford hits. Schwartz hurled 3 1/3 innings scoreless relief with four strikeouts.