New Canaan edges St. Joseph for FCIAC title

St. Joseph had more opportunities, but it was New Canaan that made the most of its chances when the Rams defeated the Cadets, 2-1, to win the FCIAC softball championship at Sacred Heart University on Thursday.

“It was one of those days,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Babineau said after his top-seeded team lost to the sixth-seeded entry. “I’m very proud of them (the Cadets). They never caved, they never bent.”

New Canaan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single from winning pitcher and game MVP Cydney Ventura.

The Rams made it 2-0 in the fourth, with Amanda Frattarolli’s two-out double scoring Jordan Ventura, who had singled.

Those were the only hits allowed by St. Joseph pitcher Nicole Williams, who struck out nine batters and walked two.

The Cadets made it 2-1 in the home fourth.

Williams led off with an infield single and courtesy runner Jenna Carrano beat the throw to second on Kristen Markarian’s fielder’s choice grounder to third.

Katie Gardella then hit the ball to second, where Abby Jenkins tagged Markarian for one out, but her low throw to first allowed Carrano to score.

There was a 56-minute delay because of thunder/lightning after five innings.

Lauren Pitney singled with one out in the seventh and went to second on Mickaela Mallozzi’s groundout.

Ventura retired Jenn Vasquez, who had doubled her first two trips to the plate, on a called third strike to give the Rams their first FCIAC softball title.

See the next edition of the Times for complete game story.