Ludlowe softball holds off Greenwich in extra innings

The Fairfield Ludlowe softball team knows that one trip up and its goal of reaching the FCIAC playoffs is likely ruined.

The Falcons battled, and got some help, to keep that dream alive.

Greenwich committed five errors, which led to all of Ludlowe's runs as the Falcons came from behind to beat the Cardinals 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday at Sturges Park in Fairfield.

"We really pulled through," first baseman Meredith McGann said. "In the end we hit the ball and scored the runs."

Cardinals' senior second baseman Barbara Callahan had two hits and a run scored and third baseman Olivia Franchella drove in a run and reached base four times.

Ludlowe was led by senior catcher Elise Perazzini, who scored two runs, including the game-winner on a single by Lizzie Knuff. Perazzini scored without a play when the ball went through the legs of sophomore left fielder Ebba Mark.

"Our mistakes killed us today," Greenwich coach Mary Beth Fratello said. "All of their runs were unearned."

Greenwich was in the lead for the majority of the game, the Cardinals scored in the first inning when Callahan singled and Franchella drove her in with a two-out hit.

"When we score first that is usually a good sign," Fratello said.

Greenwich extended its lead to 2-0 in the fifth, when junior leadoff hitter Erica Ambroglio scored on a wild pitch.

But the Cardinals had bases loaded with none out in the fifth, and only scored the one run. Guerrero induced a pair of force outs when Hsieh threw out back-to-back runners at the plate.

"Aliza did a good job today," shortstop Emily Nelson said. "We had to back her up."

The Falcons started to back her up in the fifth, when Perazzini stole Ludlowe's first run. With one out, she singled, then stole second and scored on a two-base throwing error.

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The Falcons tied the score in the sixth when Nelson tripled and scored on an error by first baseman Meg Foster. Nelson finished the game 3 for 4.

"These guys never gave up," Samuelian said. "Every player contributed in her own way."

In the 10th, though, the Falcons put together three straight hits to win their second in a row and for the fifth time in seven games.

"We said `we need to start hitting,'" Nelson said. "Everyone trusts each other."

The Falcons kept pace with rival Warde, who beat Bassick 21-0 on Monday for the final FCIAC playoff berth.

"We've pretty much got to win it out," Samuelian said. "But it's not out of the question."

"We need all the wins we can get at the end of the season," McGann said.

Ludlowe will play Trinity Catholic on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Fairfield.