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Greenwich softball rallies for walk-off win over Ridgefield

Published 11:21 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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GREENWICH -- Over and over again this season, the Greenwich High School softball team has proven it can outslug the opposition.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals showed they're plenty capable of prevailing in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel as well.

Senior Jessie Schelz tossed a two-hit shutout and classmate Rebecca DeCarlo drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Greenwich kept its perfect season going with a dramatic 1-0 victory over visiting Ridgefield.

The Tigers came into the contest with just one win to their credit, but freshman Kailey Westington and her defense managed to keep the FCIAC West Division leaders off the scoreboard -- at least until the final inning.

Senior speedster Jen Ambrogio was the catalyst, leading off with a bunt single before taking second on an infield hit by Colleen Bennett.

Two batters later, DeCarlo -- the Cards No. 3 hitter who was 0-for-3 to that point -- laced a 1-0 pitch to right which got past the outfielder to easily bring home Ambrogio with the game's only run.

"I was just hoping to move the runners over and it turned out even better than that," said DeCarlo, who belted two home runs last week. "We've been scoring a lot of runs, but the script was definitely a little different today. Jessie pitched great and our defense really supported her."

Greenwich (7-0), which has piled up 81 runs this season, had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the third, fourth and sixth innings before finally cashing in.

Unable to plate a runner before their final at-bat, the Cards instead relied on Schelz (two strikeouts) and a defense that turned in several fine plays -- including a throw home by second baseman Bennett off a ball that caromed off the bag to end the fourth inning.

"I'm very happy with how we played," Greenwich coach Mary Beth Fratello said. "We've really been swinging the bats well, but today it was more about pitching, defense and execution in that last inning. Jen has a lot of speed, and I knew if she got on we were in good shape. We were able to manufacture that run and get a win. We'll take it, that's for sure."

Ambrogio and Erin Ferguson each doubled and had two hits, while Erin White also collected two hits in the victory.

While not quite the win they were looking for to jumpstart their season, it was nonetheless a solid all-around performance by a young Tigers squad.

"I'll take the way we played today any day," Ridgefield coach Kim Bentson said. "We knew this was going to be a big challenge, but Kailey came in today ready to go. She got out of some jams, but we just couldn't get out of that last one. Hopefully this will get our confidence going moving forward."

Greenwich 1, Ridgefield 0

RIDGEFIELD 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0

GREENWICH 000 000 1 -- 1 10 2

Records: R 1-7; G 7-0. Batteries: R -- Kailey Westington (1-5) and Kendall Rogoff; G -- Jessie Schelz (6-0) and Erin Ferguson.

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