DARIEN -- After Darien was drubbed by St. Joseph last Thursday in the FCIAC championship, coach Nick DeMaio simply told his team, "Let it go, focus on states."

The Blue Wave responded in a big way Tuesday by mercy-ruling Newington 18-2, largely behind the arm and bat of Erika Osherow.

The junior fire-baller started the game by striking out six of the first seven batters to face, finishing with 10 in the five inning contest. In the batter's box Osherow walked, drilled a two-run double and hit a solo home run to help her own cause.

"That's a pretty typical Erika performance if you look at the season," said DeMaio, whose Blue Wave will host No. 7 Amity in Thursday's quarterfinals. "Aside from the performance what she does is take the wind out of their sails right away when they see what they're facing as far as her pitches and velocity. If we manage to get a couple runs early we're tough to beat."

After mustering a lone run in the FCIAC final the Darien bats came out hot, scoring in every inning of the contest.

"They made it very easy on themselves today because they had good at bats," DeMaio said. "They worked the count on the first pitcher, who is a good pitcher, but they put good swings on the ball; very happy with the bats today."

In addition to the big day at the plate by Osherow, senior captain Julia Domiziano belted a two run shot and Kelly Reyes walked, hit two singles and ripped a bases-clearing double in an eight-run third for the Blue Wave.

"I think part of playing softball is learning that you have days like (the FCIAC finals)," Osherow said of the bounce-back performance. "Coming back shows what kind of player you are and our team coming back today showed that were a team and were out there together."

For Newington, coming off its first playoff win in 14 years might have been a bit too much to handle emotionally heading into the buzz saw that is Osherow and Darien.

"Honestly we maybe were a little too excited from the win yesterday," Newington coach Steve Markie said. "We hadn't won a playoff game in 14 years we went out and played the best game we had all year, I told them that wasn't enough and we had to come out strong today but that wasn't the case."

Despite the less than satisfying ending, Markie is hopeful the strides the Indians made this year will translate into future success.

"It's big," Markie said of the playoff win. "We're young and to win the game sets the tone for next year and what we possibly can do.

"Hopefully next year we can build on that and get a couple more win and be in a better situation come the state tournament."

For the Blue Wave Thursday can't come fast enough.

"I like the day off, but I'm ready to get back out there," Osherow said.

Darien 18, Newington 2

NEWINGTON 000 20X X --2 3 3

DARIEN 328 14X X--18 16 1

Batteries: N-Olivia Burgos (L) Kat Lagace and Katrina Peck; D-Erika Osherow (W) and Rebecca DeMaio. Highlights: N-Katrina Peck had a two-run double D-Erika Osherow struck out 10 and added a double and home run in the effort. Julia Domiziano hit a home run and drove in three. Kelly Reyes reached base four times and drove in four.