Two days after their first-round win over New Canaan, Dariens defense turned in another brilliant performance, again holding their opponents to just one run. Unfortunately, this time around the Blue Waves bats could not come up with enough timely hits to secure the win. Tenth-seeded Windsor knocked the No.7 Blue Wave out of the CIAC Class L tournament with a 1-0 upset in Darien Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors did all the damage they needed to do with just two hits in the top of the fifth inning. After Darien pitcher Jessica DeMaio struck out the first two batters, Courtney Blanchard picked up a single on a ground ball up the middle. After she advanced to second on a stolen base, Miranda Marris ripped a double to center, scoring the only run of the game.
After that point, the Blue Wave struggled to put runners on base. Windsor pitcher Jen Lattai retired the next seven batters after her team gave her the lead, including a stretch of five consecutive strikeouts. Darien managed to put the tying run on base with a Courtney Bell single, but Lattai managed to induce a pair of pop-ups from Kelly Fahey and DeMaio to close out the game.
[Lattai] did a really fantastic job, said Darien coach Nick DeMaio. Thats been our problem this year. Any time we faced a good pitcher we havent hit. Windsor coach Bill Alexander returned the compliment, admiring the Blue Wave fielding. I was told they have a solid defense, and they do, he said, specifically citing hit-saving catches by shortstop Nicole Buch and centerfielder Michelle Piccaro. There are no holes in that defense.
Although this season has ended, Darien has good reason to look forward to next year. Only two players, Piccaro and Kelsey Ott, will be graduating this year, and many of their starters are sophomores and freshmen.
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