DARIEN -- The Darien-New Canaan rivalry is alive and well.

The two teams went toe-to-toe Monday in Darien in a key FCIAC matchup that was marked by strong pitching and tight defenses. In the end, Darien was able to muster enough offense to get past the Rams 3-0.

Plus, Darien had Erika Osherow, who put on a show to remember.

Osherow, a sophomore right hander, gave a sparkling one-hit pitching performance that included 11 strikeouts. The Rams knew they had their hands full in their first at bat when Osherow struck out the side.

And she wasn't done yet.

The leadoff batter for the Wave, Osherow helped her own cause when she launched a solo home run over the centerfield fence in her first plate appearance.

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"What a job (Osherow) did today," Darien coach Nick DeMaio said. "Did you see the confidence she had on the mound?"

"After a game like this, I definitely feel more confident out there," Osherow said, "But it was a great team effort; we stayed on them the entire time."

Pitching for New Canaan, senior Cydney Ventura quickly regained her composure. After giving up the home run in the first frame, she shut down the Wave by throwing three straight shutout innings. In the end, Ventura allowed six hits over six innings, struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Ventura kept the Wave's offense at bay until the fifth inning. In that frame, Darien's Emily Moscatello got on base on a Ram fielding miscue. She was brought home when Keli Reyes doubled to deep center.

History repeated itself in the sixth when a Blue Wave runner got on base and scored after an RBI double. This time it was Kelly Vodolo who connected for an infield single and Brittany Osborn who doubled to right center.

New Canaan's Courtney Rogers broke up Osherow's no-hit bid when she singled up the third base line in the sixth inning.

"Our defense was good, and on offense we didn't do what we were supposed to," New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said. "Cyd pitched great, but one of the downfalls of being a pitcher is that when you miss your spot, hopefully the batter won't pick up on it, but they did. So you learn from it."

New Canaan had three errors in the game and Darien committed one.

With the win, Darien and New Canaan now own identical records: 5-2 in the FCIAC and 6-3 overall.

"Beating a team as good as New Canaan gives us a lot of confidence," Osborn said. "I don't think Erika could have pitched any better. Coach DeMaio has been talking all this year about finding our identity. Today I think we found it."

For a full game story on Darien's matchup with Greenwich on Wednesday with pictures, visit www.dariennewsonline.com.


New Canaan: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 1 3

Darien: 1 0 0 0 1 1 X -- 3 6 1

Records: New Canaan 6-3 (5-2 FCIAC), Darien 6-3 (5-2 FCIAC)

Batteries: NC: Cydney Ventura (L) and Jordan Ventura; Darien: Erika Osherow (W) and Rebecca DeMaio/Avery Maley. Home Runs: Darien - Osherow; Doubles: Darien - Osborn, Reyes.