FCIAC

Seventh-Inning Home Runs Carry Trumbull To 3-0 Class LL Semifinal Win Over Stamford

STRATFORD – The way Trumbull’s Ally Szabo was pitching in today’s Class LL semifinal, second-guessing Stamford coach Tony Esposito’s decision to call for softball’s riskiest play in a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth would be illogical.

The Black Knights had just collected their first hit off Szabo, a triple by Lauren O’Neill, to lead off the sixth. They had their best bunter, Sara Staley, at the plate. They had their fastest runner on third with no outs. There is no perfect time for a suicide squeeze play, but this situation was certainly close to it.

FCIAC

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.

FCIAC

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.

FCIAC

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.”