DARIEN -- It started with a program first at the plate and ended with a run-of-the mill strikeout from the circle.
The Darien softball team (6-1, 4-1 FCIAC) handled Trumbull Wednesday in an 8-1 win that opened with a first inning Erika Osherow home run and concluded when Osherow delivered a game-ending strikeout. The junior starter tossed a complete game, allowing only four hits while striking out eight Eagles. Blue Wave coach Nick DeMaio estimated her long ball was the farthest he has ever seen hit at his home park, likely clearing 250 feet.
"She's doing everything," DeMaio said. "She's hitting her spots, mixing up her pitches ... and I haven't seen a ball hit farther than that."
Darien exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the first, as 10 of the first 11 Wave hitters reached base against starter Marisa Valenti. Valenti pitched the first two innings for Trumbull (5-3, 4-2 FCIAC), before Samantha Platz posted four frames of one-run ball. Wave second baseman Kelly Vodola crushed a solo homer to center field in the sixth for the game's final run.
A half-inning earlier, the Eagles had broken up Osherow's no-hit bid through more than five innings with a Lauren Zielinski single to right field. Yet the Darien hurler -- who already owns a pair of no-hitters this season -- admitted she wasn't on her A-game to start out anyway.
"I think I was trying to get into a rhythm, but didn't feel totally in it," Osherow said. "Trumbull did a great job of swinging, and our defense was great today."
Three batters after Zielinski's base hit, Emily Clark tapped a single to center field that plated the first and only Eagle run of the game. However, there was simply no overcoming the early offensive ambush of the Blue Wave or their ace pitcher.
After Osherow's first inning blast, Julia Domiziano reached base with a single that was quickly followed by a walk and a Trumbull fielding error at third base. Batting with the bases loaded, Avery Maley stepped in and knocked in two runs with a base hit to center. Later, she would come around to score as a result of three consecutive RBI singles by the Blue Wave.
"That was the key to beat them," DeMaio said of his team's early edge. "That's a very, very good team. If we don't do that in the first inning, I don't know what the outcome is going to be."
Once the Darien bats had settled, Platz and Osherow combined to pitch perfect frames in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings. This was the first game Trumbull had scored fewer than two runs and the fifth opponent the Blue Wave had held to one run or less.
Darien returns to the diamond on Friday for a 4 p.m. game, while the Eagles will attempt to bounce back Thursday at home against Wilton at 4:30 p.m.
Darien 8, Trumbull 1
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Highlights: T--Emily Clark hit an RBI single to center in the sixth inning. D--Erika Osherow pitched a complete game and hit a solo home run in the first inning. Kelly Vodola belted a solo shot of her own in the sixth.