Darien's Osherow tosses complete game one-hitter on Heal Teal day
Osherow went the distance, allowing only one hit, walking none and striking out 13 -- including eight of the first nine batters -- in her team's 10-0 win.
"It's a great event to be a part of," Osherow said. "The support I got from my teammates today was really amazing. Everybody that came out to support us -- there was such a great energy."
But this was a special day for Osherow that went well beyond any pitching line.
Friday marked the second annual "Heal Teal" game in which the Blue Wave raise money with all of the proceeds going to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Osherow's mother, Cora, as well as coach Nick DeMaio's mother, Margaret, each lost their battle with cancer.
"It honestly means the world to me," Osherow said. "I know my mom's really proud, I just love that the school and my team has this event to offer me. It's such great support, and they're like a second family."
DeMaio indicated the event was created with the intent of making it about all who have been impacted by cancer, but he was grateful to see the Blue Wave faithful show up in strong support of the cause. At Friday's game alone, approximately $700 was raised.
"We started it last year, and it seems to have caught on," DeMaio said. "The kids got excited about it and they're the ones that took the initiative to get out there, get the T-shirts, get the word around school and get the people here. It's nice to see them wanting to carry on this tradition and keep it going every year."
Darien snapped the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Osherow smacked an RBI triple over the right fielder's head that scored Keli Reyes. Kelly Vodola followed that up with an RBI single to bring Osherow home for the 2-0 lead.
"Again to have (Heal Teal) this year is great," Osherow said. "They're not giving up on me. I'm only a sophomore and it's great that I get that support from my upperclassmen, and it really means a lot."
Trinity kept itself in the game behind solid pitching from Amy Hurd and trailed just 3-0 after five. The Crusaders' lone hit belonged to Hurd, who hit a leadoff double to right-center to lead off the top of the fourth.
"You can't make mistakes with a team like this and give them extra outs. You can't do it," Trintiy Catholic coach Tom Kriz said. "Amy's fine. She's going to make mistakes because she's a human being. But you've got to give her support and you can't make errors and give her four, five, six outs an inning."
In the sixth, however, the Blue Wave pushed seven runs across, highlighted by a quartet of run-scoring doubles by Emma Hamilton, Brittany Osborn, Emily Moscatello and Julia Domiziano. The first three two-baggers all resulted in one run for the Wave, while Domiziano's plated two for the 10-0 lead.
Three Trinity batters later, Osherow had completed her gem and closed out the game with her 13th strikeout.
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Darien 10, Trinity Catholic 0
TRINITY CATHOLIC 000 000 0--0 1 5
DARIEN 002 107 X--10 10 0
Records: Trinity Catholic 4-7, 4-6 FCIAC; Darien 8-3, 7-2.
Highlights: TC--Amy Hurd threw a complete game and hit a double. D--Osherow threw a complete game, one-hit shutout while striking out 13 and hitting a double. Julia Domiziano had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Emma Hamilton had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.