Darien, Osherow dominate Ludlowe
DARIEN -- Darien softball coach Nick DeMaio has just one message for his team when ace Erika Osherow steps in the circle and is throwing her best stuff -- just get one.
Well, Darien got six and it was more than enough as the Blue Wave defeated visiting Fairfield Ludlowe 6-1 on a crisp Wednesday afternoon at home.
Osherow was electric for the Blue Wave (14-2, 12-2 FCIAC) all day, striking out 13 batters and allowing one unearned run. The University of Virginia-bound senior had a no-hit bid broken up with one out in the seventh.
"She did a great job today," DeMaio said of Osherow. "She hit all her spots, the velocity is where it should have been, she was great."
While it was certainly on the mind of the fans and her teammates Osherow said she never really thought about the no-hitter and was focused on trying to do her job.
"I just attack each inning and play my game," said Oherow, who also recorded three putouts. "I don't really think about the outcome until it arrives, I'm disappointed, but I'm pretty happy with my performance and I give Ludlowe a lot of credit."
When Osherow is throwing up zeros DeMaio said it takes the pressure off the team at the plate, knowing they can be aggressive and try to just piece together a couple runs. An emotional relationship Osherow benefits from as well.
"Whatever my team feels, I feel" Osherow said. "And the dynamic of having the team behind me is awesome and knowing they can come in and hit is a great feeling -- that's why we play the game and just working off that energy is pretty awesome."
Darien plated a pair in the third, fifth and sixth innings of the contest, paced by Kelly Vodola who had a triple and a pair of singles, driving in two and scoring twice.
"Kelly can do it all," DeMaio said of his No. 2 hitter and second baseman. "She can bunt, she can slap, she can hit for power and she did a nice job driving in runs today."
For Ludlowe (10-6, 8-6) the offensive struggle was simple, it ran into a buzz saw in the form of Osherow. Falcons pitcher Brittany Romero pitched well in her own right and even added the single that broke up the no-hitter.
"We're going against a D-I pitcher and we just wanted to fight," Ludlowe coach Shari Paci said. "So I think defensively we really did a good job just playing really hard and I told the girls just try to get the bat on the ball. She's a very good pitcher, she dominates the game and we went in fighting and were able to scrape a run in in that last inning -- it's just a great test and challenge for our girls."
Ludlowe looks to bounce back against Stamford and remain in the hunt for an FCIAC playoff spot.
The game only took an hour and ten minutes to play, with both pitchers throwing strikes and some good defense behind them.
"It's two good teams," DeMaio said. "The pitchers on the mound are doing a good job and that's a good FCIAC softball game."
Darien 6, Ludlowe 1
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Highlights: D--Erica Osherow three a complete game one-hitter and struck out 13. Kelly Vodola had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rebecca DeMaio hit a two run single. L--Brittany Romero pitched five innings and struck out three while adding an RBI single.