It Seems To Me…Farewell, Tracy Nichols — And Some FCIAC Playoff Thoughts

So much for a planned FCIAC baseball tournament preview, now that the pairings will remain unsettled until less than 24 hours before the first pitch. We still don’t have a No. 8 seed. The girls lacrosse tournament begins today with New Canaan and Ridgefield having their openers moved up a day because both schools have proms tomorrow.

FCIAC Softball Tournament: Westhill’s Laccona Seeks Elusive Title

STAMFORD — Gabby Laccona’s arrival at Westhill High School four years ago was in many respects rather typical — if you are an elite athlete who has earned distinction and created a buzz at the youth level.

Laccona was trumpeted as the next great player in the Vikings’ rich softball history. It is a burden to put on a freshman, and Laccona said she was oblivious to the hype.

Westhill’s Throwback Win Over Stamford Secures Regular-Season Title

STAMFORD — Today was Flashback Monday for Stamford softball, a throwback to two decades ago, when the city’s three FCIAC teams won six straight conference titles, the best stretch in the illustrious history of the Stamford High, Westhill and Trinity Catholic programs.

Stamford Shows Grit In 4-3 Win Over Fairfield Warde

FAIRFIELD — There were 11 strikeouts, four errors and a number of negatives that could have led the Stamford softball team today to become the second contender from its home city to lose to Fairfield Warde in five days.

But with one exception, the Black Knights have been able to summon the resolve and find different veterans to step up and overcome their lapses to remain atop the FCIAC standings.

Gentile, Caruso Deliver Key Hits As Darien Rallies In 7th For 5-4 Win Over Stamford

DARIEN — Stefani Gentile has seen her role with the Darien softball team change from a year ago to more of a platoon player. It took an adjustment, but Gentile, like a skilled surgeon, without fail is on call.

“I’m always up on the fence, always thinking, ‘Oh, what if he puts me in next inning?’ Gentile said. “I’m always taking swings in the back and getting ready.”

Norwalk’s 6-0 Start Brings Back Memories Of Glory Years

NORWALK — Elaine Gratrix said her players on the Norwalk High School softball team are unfamiliar of her own background in the sport, how her motivation is to help them achieve the same accomplishment she made as a player 30 years ago.