Fairfield Ludlowe beats Curto, Stamford
After his ace pitcher allowed seven earned runs in one-third of an inning three days earlier, Stamford coach Fred Kelley wanted to throw Tyler Curto right back into the fire Monday and was certain the left-hander would have a strong outing.
Kelley was correct . . . even if the final score didn't show it.
"Tyler deserved a better fate," Kelley said after the Black Knights dropped a 5-0 decision to Fairfield Ludlowe in a Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference game Monday. "He got the loss today, but he pitched well enough to win."
Curto, who struck out 10, walked two and allowed just five hits and one earned run, fell victim to some subpar and lackadaisical play by the Knights and the exact opposite effort by Fairfield Ludlowe. The Falcons (5-7, 5-5 FCIAC) made all the plays in the field, collected a few timely hits, received an outstanding pitching performance by Andrew Salveson, and their aggressiveness was obvious.
Ludlowe's Vic D'Ascenzo's second-inning steal of home started the scoring and was a sign of things to come.
"This is the way we're capable of playing," Ludlowe coach Keith O'Rourke said. "That steal of home was definitely a tone-setter. Doing something like that, I think it got into (Stamford's) heads."
Kelley refused to believe that, although the Knights (4-8, 3-7), who have lost four of their last five, seemed to lose something after that play.
"I don't think it got into our heads, but we didn't play well," Kelley said. "Tyler pitched a wonderful game, but it was a wasted effort."
The Knights collected just four hits off Salveson, committed three errors that led to four unearned runs, had two base-runners picked off, and let a couple of seemingly routine popups drop untouched in the outfield.
Ludlowe, meanwhile, which has won four of its last five to climb back into the FCIAC playoff race, did none of that.
After losses or no-decisions against the likes of Trumbull, Greenwich and Staples, Salveson got a win, improving to 1-2.
"Andrew pitched as good a high school baseball game as you'll see," O'Rourke said.
After D'Ascenzo stole home, a two-out infield error allowed Ludlowe's second run to score.
The Falcons, who stole six bases, added three more in the fifth after an apparent double play ball turned into a Stamford error and left two on with none out.
Mike Poudrier (two hits) then delivered a two-run single, and Tom Ryan later added a run-scoring single for Ludlowe.
Ludlowe 5, Stamford 0
LUDLOWE.....................020 300 0--5 5 0
STAMFORD.............000 000 0--0 4 3
Records: Fairfield Ludlowe 5-7, 5-5 FCIAC; Stamford 4-8, 3-7. Batteries: S --Tyler Curto (L, 1-3) and Chris DiPietro; FL--Andrew Salveson (W, 1-2) and Mike Poudrier.