Darien's softball team hung with a tough Orange squad for four innings Tuesday night, but a five-run fifth inning proved too much for the Tidal Wave. Orange posted a 9-3 victory to secure a spot in the championship game against Fairfield. Darien, 1-2 in the tournament, finishes pool play Wednesday night against Seymour at Hatters Park in Danbury.
"You have to throw strikes and you need to play well defensively,'' Darien manager Frank Cicero said. "We had one bad inning. If you give a good team extra outs they are going to take advantage of it." Darien trailed 2-0 entering the fourth, but Orange scored two runs on wild pitches to build a 4-0 lead. The game unraveled for Darien in the fifth, when Orange put the game away.
The Tidal Wave, the District 1 champions, showed fight in the final inning when it rallied for three runs. Held to two hits entering the sixth by lefthander Kate Koshes, Darien struck for three runs . Phoebe Luongo delivered a two-run single and Mary Brown added an RBI groundout before Orange got the final out.
"The program has been getting stronger,'' Cicero said. "These girls have dedicated their summers to softball, which I appreciate. It has been a fun ride."
After the game against Seymour, Darien will turn its attention to this weekend's Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League tournament in Southbury. Darien plays Monroe in its first game of that tournament Saturday at 10 a.m. against Monroe.
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