Greenwich softball stuns Westhill, gains ground in FCIAC playoff hunt

Greenwich High School's Rebecca Decarlo swings for the fences during a game last week. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich High School’s Rebecca Decarlo swings for the fences during a game last week. — John Ferris Robben photo

Since the early moments of the preseason, Greenwich High School head softball coach Mary Beth Fratello has been saying that her Lady Cards are more focused than ever on reaching new heights as a program.

With 15 games gone by in the season, Greenwich has already blasted its first goal, which was to qualify for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL tournament.

Earlier today, the Lady Cardinals made a huge statement in its attempt of reaching its second goal, qualifying for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoffs, by stunning perennial powers Westhill High School, 11-9.

“Beating Westhill is a great accomplishment,” Fratello said. “We would battle them at times, but would always come up short. Today we hit, played defense well and battled. When they were in a jam, someone would come through. They didn’t give up and I’m so proud of them. No matter what the score is, we find a way to come back. We got a good group of kids that have been playing all year.”

In addition to shocking the Vikings, it was Greenwich’s first time beating Westhill since the 2004 season. With the victory, Big Red upped its record to 11-4 overall and are currently 10-3 in the FCIAC. With the loss, the Viking fell for only the second time in the FCIAC and third time overall.

“We just want to win as many wins as we can,” Fratello said. “States was one of our goals, but we’re not finished yet. We want to do something that we haven’t done since 2004, which is compete in FCIACs. Last year we were so close. We were one game away from it and we let it slip away. This year we are in a pretty good position, but we still need to keep winning.”

Greenwich, which unloaded 17 hits on the day, scored three times in the first innings, five more in the third inning and finished its scoring with three runs in the fourth frame.

Colleen Bennet finished the day 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Alison Kach went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Erin Ferguson was perfect against the Vikings, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Jenn Ambrogio also had a stellar outing, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

“I thought our hitting was right on,” Fratello said. “Hitting is contagious on our team. Someone gets a hit and another person follows. We got a couple of hits in a row and our offense was together. Our defense was on tonight as well.”

On the mound, Kach was highly-effective, going the distance and striking out four batters while walking six.

“Alison did well tonight,” Fratello said. “She mixed up her pitches well. She did a great job and when we needed those big outs, we were able to get them.”

 

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