Wave, Osherow blank four straight

Darien leads the FCIAC East


0-SH — Sophomore Erica Osherow is in her first season as starting pitcher. (Photo courtesy of DAF)


With sophomore Erika Osherow on the mound, Darien’s blanked four teams straight, outscoring opponents 25-0.

Osherow’s allowed only six hits in that span.

“We had a great week last week, beating New Canaan and then Trinity on Friday and Greenwich on Wednesday,” Darien coach Nick DeMaio said, with the Wave also shutting out Staples 8-0 in Westport on Monday. “Especially New Canaan (on April 22) and Greenwich were big games, those are good teams.”

Darien followed up its 3-0 win over the Rams by shutting out the Cardinals 4-0, the walloping Trinity 10-0.

Darien has won seven straight, outscoring the opposition 70-5.

The Wave is top of the FCIAC East Division at 8-2 and 9-3 overall.

Danbury (9-1, 11-1) leads the West and Stamford (9-1, 10-2) the Central.

“So we are getting pitching and defense and hitting,” DeMaio said. “We’re playing all aspects of the game. Obviously our best week so far.”

Giving their best to make it the best: Rebecca DeMaio at catcher; Brittany Osborn at first; Julia Domiziano at second — she’s the No. 3 hitter — Avery Maley taking over at short; behind her reserve infielder at short and second Lauren Cicero; at third base Kelly Vodola; left field Ali Aparicio and Keli Reyes; Emma Hamilton at center; Emily Moscatello in right.

Senior four-year vet Hamilton leads at bat.

But younger players have slotted right in to play main roles with the two-year defending league champs.

“The whole left side, with Avery and Keli Vodola are both sophomores,” DeMaio added. “So they’re starting in the infield really for the first time.”

Vodola was the designated player last year.

“She batted but she didn’t play much in the field,” said DeMaio. “Once in a while she did.”

When Reyes is in left field, you can add another 10th grader to the equation.

“They were a part of the (championship) team last year, along with starter Osherow,” said DeMaio. “So that did a lot to prepare them for this year.”

And off they have gone.

“We had some nice hitting last week,” said DeMaio. “Some two-out hits by Keli Reyes — to bring in a run against New Canaan — Rebecca (DeMaio) had a nice two-out hit to bring in a run.”

Next comes a hard grind, with the Hatters on the schedule for Wednesday, away, with Ludlowe and Stamford to follow.

“The team is kind of finding itself now,” DeMaio said. “I feel good about where we are right now.”

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