RIDGEFIELD — For 13 days, the members of the Staples baseball team endured an unwanted holiday, touched by a combination of anger and perhaps some embarrassment.
A long holiday weekend could not have come at a better time for the sports media, after a more condensed FCIAC Tournament week that, with pretty cooperative weather, will leave teams better rested for the state playoffs as we prepare for the final two games of the 2015-16 high school season.
FAIRFIELD – The postgame celebration — or lack thereof — so perfectly defined the St. Joseph High School softball team following its 7-1 victory over Stamford in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship game.
“We have high expectations and we plan on being here every year and winning it every year,” said winning pitcher Nicole Williams after the Cadets won their third consecutive league crown Thursday at Sacred Heart University.
NORWALK — The Darien girls lacrosse team’s recent dominance of the FCIAC has mostly come at the expense of its biggest rival.
And in Thursday’s latest chapter, New Canaan again had its heart broken by Darien, this time on Susie Ropp’s overtime goal with 1:34 left in sudden-death overtime to complete a comeback from a 7-1 deficit for a 12-11 win.
BRIDGEPORT — Before there was “yes, yes, yes, yes” on Wednesday night there was “go, go, go, go.”
Those were the words Darien baseball coach Mike Scott admitted were going through his mind as Sean O’Malley’s fly ball sailed toward the leftfield fence. When it landed just beyond the reach of Trumbull’s Alex Rauso, the Blue Wave had a 3-2 win in eight innings at Harbor Yard and their first FCIAC championship since 1981.
FAIRFIELD – Stamford High School softball coach Tony Esposito and his pitcher Sara Staley both had an unsettling feeling as the Black Knights took the field at Sacred Heart University for the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinal.
The reason for such queasiness: The top of the order was coming up for Westhill, whose 1 through 4 hitters were a combined 6 for 11 on the day. Gabby Laccona, Ariana Gambino, Kaira Ramon and Jordan Benzaken are considered one of the most dangerous batting foursomes in the FCIAC.