Trumbull drops decision to Ludlowe in Class LL semifinals

Trumbull lost to Fairfield Ludlowe 11-1 in the Class LL state semifinal softball game at Frank Biondi Field in West Haven.

No. 1 Southington defeated No. 2 Ludlowe 4-3 for its 19th title in the final.

Ludlowe (22-2) played error-free defense for winning pitcher Alex Lewey versus No. 14 Trumbull (16-7).

Cassi Barbato’s first-pitch home run to dead center in the first put Trumbull on top. The Eagles put a base runner on in each of the next five frames. They got to second only once as Lewey struck out four and walked two on the afternoon.

A pair of sacrifice fliers and two fielder’s choice grounders brought across the first four Falcons runs, one in the first and third innings, two in the third).

Five Ludlowe hits in the fourth ballooned the lead to 7-1.

Maura Carbone had two singles for Trumbull. Lianna Weaver and CC Cummings also singled.

“We gave Ludlowe too many (extra) outs,” Trumbull coach Jacqui Sheftz said. “You can’t do that against a solid hitting team like that. They are one of the best hitting teams in the state one through nine hands down. Ludlowe hit the ball extremely hard. They are fast and well coached.

“We’re young (except for seniors Kenzie Bruggeman and Cassi Barbato) on the big stage. We beat some great teams along the way. We overachieved this year. I’m proud of my kids (seven new starters) and what we accomplished. We will continue to set the bar high.”

Diamond Notes

Fairfield Ludlowe won its first FCIAC softball title this spring when it defeated St. Joseph 6-3 … Ludlowe’s road to the finals was filled by FCIAC barriers. After a bye in the first round, the Falcons defeated Darien 5-4 and Staples 6-1 and Trumbull … The Falcons defeated Trumbull 15-5 in the sixth game of the season … The FCIAC has had a finalist three of the last four years that Class LL held a tournament … Trumbull was the last FCIAC team to win Class LL. The ninth-seeded Eagles defeated No. 6 Southington 4-3 in 2017.

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