Darien softball foils Stamford, 12-4
STAMFORD — Things are coming into clear focus for the Darien High School girls softball team.
The Blue Wave continued a week of good fortune as they won their third consecutive game Wednesday by posting a 12-4 road triumph over Stamford High.
The Darien offense continued to impress Wednesday as the Blue Wave hitters worked long counts and drawing four walks in the opening three innings against Stamford’s lefty starter Sara Staley.
The walks along with two of Stamford’s four defensive miscues allowed Darien to build an 8-0 edge after three innings.
Darien (4-2, 3-1 FCIAC) has scored 34 runs while conquering New Canaan (14-1), Fryeburg, Maine (8-2) and Stamford (12-4).
“We’ve been working on our hitting approach. One point of emphasis is controlling the outside corner,” Darien’s coach Nick DeMaio said. “It’s been good to see the results.”
The early cushion made it an easier afternoon on the mound for Darien right-hander Sophia Barbour. Barbour, who is thriving under the tutelage of legendary hurler Art DeFillipis of Stamford Catholic High fame, had all four strikeouts early and was content to let her defense do the work in her nine-hit, complete-game performance.
Stamford scored an unearned run in the fourth, had Maria Zecena hit a two-run homer in the fifth and add one run in the seventh on Dana Serricchio’s RBI single.
The roller-coaster continues for a Stamford squad with one senior starter.
The Black Knights opened the season with three losses followed by three straight FCIAC victories. But Wednesday the young Black Knights simply didn’t measure up to the challenge against an FCIAC upper-echelon program.
“Give credit to Darien. Their pitcher pitched well. Their hitters hit well. Especially in the clutch. And they defended superbly,” said Stamford’s veteran coach Tony Esposito. “The way Darien battled at the plate forced a very high pitch count. We simply did not get it done in any phase of the game. It is time for concern on our side.”
DARIEN 12, STAMFORD 4
DARIEN 161 004 0 — 12 8 3
STAMFORD 000 120 1 — 4 9 4
Records: Darien 4-2, 3-1 FCIAC; Stamford 3-4, 3-2 FCIAC.
Batteries: D — Sophia Barbour (W) and Brittany Pierce . S — Sara Staley (L), Maddie Santora (6) and Tori Cuscuna. HR — Maria Zecena (S).
Highlights: D — Kristen Picard 3-run double.