Trailing 14-0 after four, Greenwich softball tames Mustangs 17-16

The Greenwich High School softball team was all smiles after they erased a 14-0 deficit and came away with the thrilling 17-16 victory over Fairfield Warde. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School softball team was all smiles after they erased a 14-0 deficit and came away with the thrilling 17-16 victory over Fairfield Warde. — John Ferris Robben photo

A change in venue, as well as a monumental deficit, didn’t deter the Greenwich High School softball team from another victory earlier today.

Playing at the Julian Curtiss softball field in Greenwich due to the soggy conditions at Greenwich High School, the Lady Cardinals found themselves in a massive 14-0 hole heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.

However, that’s when Big Red started its epic comeback against Fairfield Warde. Scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth, two more in the fifth and two again in the seventh, Greenwich High could not be stopped and won the game 17-16 in 11 innings.

“When we were down 14-0, it was looking like our day was going to be over, but they came back and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” GHS head coach Mary Beth Fratello said. “We don’t just rely on one person. It was a complete team effort. We rely on each other. This was definitely was a crazy game.”

The Lady Cardinals were led by it senior captains. Rebecca Decarlo finished the game 4-for-7 with a three-run home run, a single four RBIs, while fellow captain Erin Ferguson went 5-for-7 with four singles and an RBI.

“They are true leaders,” Fratello said. “They took the game over and they set the table for other people on the team. They were getting on base and getting those big hits when it mattered.”

Madison Burhans helped Greenwich’s winning ways by going 3-for-7 with two doubles and two RBIs.

“At any point, we could have just packed it in, but we came back and fought really hard for this victory,” Fratello said. “It’s a big confidence builder for us. It doesn’t matter what the score is. They feel like they could battle back and have a big inning. We did the same thing in New Jersey where we had a 10-run inning.

Katie Piro was Big Red’s starting pitcher and Jessie Schelz came in the game in the fourth to shut down the Mustangs for seven innings.

“Jessie came in and held them down,” Fratello said. “She looked really good out there and did what she needed to do so that our offense could get to work.”

With the victory, Greenwich improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

 

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