The holiday weekend left us no time to reflect back on FCIAC Tournament week, no bridge as we rush into the state tournaments that are under way. It seems hard to believe the end of the school-year sports season is just 10 days away.
FAIRFIELD — Olivia Vadas would be the first person to acknowledge that softball is a team sport. But there is no denying that the main character in Fairfield Warde’s 4-3 FCIAC quarterfinal victory today over crosstown rival Fairfield Ludlowe was one Olivia Vadas.
The Black Knights completed the regular season with a 16-4 record, 12-4 in league play. They are the fourth seed and will host No. 5 Ridgefield tomorrow in the quarterfinals. They are riding an eight-game winning streak.
The Mustangs are led by pitcher Olivia Vadas, who will continue her career next season at Sacred Heart, and second baseman Sophie Sancho, another four-year starter who will be playing next at the University of Bridgeport.
With a crammed trophy case, the St. Joseph softball team is one of the league’s most decorated programs. Still, even with that success, it is hard to think of a better 72-hour span than the Cadets put together last week.
Charlee Horton watched as she rocketed a ball over the fence in right-center. It left the field in a matter of seconds and gave the Cadets a 2-1 win over the Eagles in the most anticipated league game of the regular season.
Vadas struck out a career high 17 last year, a great day save for the four that got away. One gets the sense if Vadas ever got that perfect game, she would count the number of times batters did not go down on three pitches.
St. Joseph has won four of the last five FCIAC titles, added the Class M championship last season and returns four of the top players in the league. Trumbull was the FCIAC and Class LL runner-up after having won the state championship the year before. The Eagles return seven starters.
STAMFORD — Gabby Laccona will never forget her collegiate softball debut. It came almost a year ago, during Ithaca College’s fall-ball season. Laccona was stunned when coach Deb Pallozzi announced the lineup. Laccona was playing shortstop and batting leadoff.
WEST HAVEN — The character of a team is often revealed in its darkest moments. Trailing Amity 13-0 and down to its last out in the Class LL final, the Trumbull softball team could have simply packed it in and no one would have batted an eye.