Softball: Ludlowe stuns Warde with walk-off homer
FAIRFIELD — Hitting one walk-off home run over the course of a career, let alone a season, is usually cause for celebration. But two walk-offs over the course of two games? That’s automatic legend status.
OK, maybe not legend status but for Ludlowe freshman first baseman Kaitlyn Romero, the post-game autograph signing and the posing for photos after came after her second walk-off homer in two games, just proved what a lot of people already know, the Falcons are a pretty special team.
Romero, who hammered a two-run, game winning walk-off home run against Staples on Wednesday, did the same on Friday against town-rival Warde, crushing a three-run homer over the centerfield fence, giving the Falcons a comeback 5-4 win over a stunned Mustangs squad at Dougiello Field.
“I was just looking for something to put in play, a base hit, try to move them over and maybe score them,” Romero said. “But to hit a walk-off … it means the world to me, especially twice in a row. It’s kind of surreal.”
Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Madeline Reyes opened with a single and Elizabeth Doolan followed with a single to put runners at first and second with no outs. Ira Boci’s slow grounder to first advanced the runners into scoring position and on a full-count pitch, Romero powered the ball over the center field fence for that game-winning three-run walk-off winner.
“It was over the plate and I made good contact with it,” Romero said. “We knew we could do it, we just had to scrap it together. Even though it was a high-pressure situation, I’m really proud of what we’ve put together.”
“There were a couple of bloop
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ludlowe’s Caitlyn Romero. The freshman went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI, Oh, did I mention she hit a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh?
“Listen, this team will fight with the best of them. I’m so proud of these kids. We’re down … we’re down a couple of players because of injuries, we have players playing out of position, but they work so hard in every game they play.” - Warde coach Gary Quiricone
Ludlowe took home the initial Walker Softball Champions Cup to put in the team’s trophy case.
LUDLOWE 5, WARDE 4
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LUDLOWE 020 000 3—5 14 1
Records: Warde (8-9, 5-7 FCIAC); Ludlowe (14-3, 12-1 FCIAC)
Batteries: W - Haley Bivens (L) and Lizzie Kane; L - Kylee Holderied (W) and Ira Boci. Highlights: W - Katie Goodchild hit a home run; Sophie Sancho had a two RBI double, Haley Bivens had an RBI single. L - Madeline Reyes went 4 for 4 with a run scored, Kylee Holderied went 3 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Caitlyn Romero had two hits and a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.