Cadets upended by Falcons in FCIACs
The third-seeded St. Joseph High baseball team did everything, but score a run in its first three at bats in the Cadets’ FCIAC quarterfinal game with sixth-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe in Trumbull on May 20.
Despite slugging seven hits, drawing a walk, and have two other batters reach on errors, coach Jim Chaves’ squad was tied with Ludlowe at 2 after three frames.
Then the Falcons, winners of 10 straight games to close the regular season, scored five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to win a 10-2 decision.
Ludlowe (14-7) advanced to play seventh-seeded Danbury in the semifinals, with the title game scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Yard. Danbury won, 4-2.
St. Joseph (15-6) will next play in the state tournament.
Ludlowe stole a run in the first inning on a successful rundown play before the third out could by recorded.
It built another run in the third with a single, a walk and a grounder to the right side of the infield.
The Cadets’ Ryan Moran halved the deficit with a long home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the third.
Brett Olayos had a great at bat, before he ripped the seventh pitch from Andrew Salveson into center field for a one-out single.
Mike Pulaski had an infield hit to shortstop and Olayos went to third on a throwing error on the play.
Jake Amoroso worked the count to 3-2, before he singled through the hole into left field to tie the game.
Nick Williams followed with a single, but Ludlowe’s Mikey Arman came up throwing in left field and fired to Mike Poudrier at the plate for the third out.
Ludlowe loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, before Kevin Hickey (two RBIs) and Poudrier (RBI) had consecutive doubles.
It was 7-2 when Stanley Wolpiuk notched a strike out and Ishmael Herrera picked a runner off first, with Moran making the tag.
Jon Prutting had the Cadets’ eighth hit with one out in the home fourth, and Moran walked, but Salveson was saved when Charlie Medor caught Olayos’ looper to center field.
Herrera had St. Joseph’s last hit to open the fifth, as Salveson and reliever Peter Cross retired the final nine hitters.
In the opening inning, the Cadets loaded the bases on singles by Matt Batten and Moran and a walk to Mark Hirschbeck. But with one out, Hickey fired home from first base for a force out and Salveson rang up a key strikeout.
Ludlowe made consecutive errors to open the second, but Salveson fielded a bunt and got the force to Mike Kochiss at third.
Howell then made a fine play on Batten’s sinker to right field, before Victor D’Ascenzo speared Pruttings’ liner to shortstop to retire the side.