No. 1 Ludlowe softball shuts out No. 6 St. Joseph in FCIAC championship rematch

Ludlowe returns to its dugout after a strikeout during its victory over St. Joseph Wednesday, April 27, 2022 

Ludlowe returns to its dugout after a strikeout during its victory over St. Joseph Wednesday, April 27, 2022 

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TRUMBULL — The last time that the Ludlowe and St. Joseph softball teams played each other, Ludlowe took home the FCIAC crown.

While Ludlowe played the underdog role last season, the tables have turned in early 2022. The Falcons, ranked No. 1 in the GameTimeCT poll, entered Wednesday’s contest with No. 6 St. Joseph as the top ranked team in the state and showed why.

The pitching duo of Alex Lewey and Anna Gedacht combined to shutout St. Joseph behind an early offensive rally to win 5-0.

“Our pitching keeps us in the game every day,” Ludlowe coach Lou Bunosso said. “We have two really good pitchers; both could be starters on any team. This is a selfless team so I asked Alex (Lewey) to start and Anna (Gedacht) to relief on a bitter windy cold day, I am proud of them.”

Lewey pitched 42/3 innings allowing four baserunners while striking out six. Gedacht worked the final 21/3 innings, allowing three baserunners with two strikeouts.

“This team is a little different than years past when we have been an offensive juggernaut,” Bunosso said. “Right now, we are doing a lot right on the defensive and pitching side of things.”

Ludlowe jumped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning, as Grace Geary led off the game with a single and eventually came around to score on a passed ball and Ellie Gallagi had an RBI knock.

“Today especially on the road it was our goal to get on them early,” Bunosso said. “They started a different pitcher than we expected so we had to adjust to that, but we did a good job scoring early.”

Geary added to Ludlowe’s total with an RBI groundout to score Delaney Sullivan for a 3-0 lead. Ludlowe extended the lead to 4-0 as Della Jackson scored on an error.

The final run was also driven in by Geary, as the senior drove in freshman Leah Encarnacion.

Ludlowe improves to 9-1 on the season and extends its winning streak to five games following its lone loss to an out of state team from New Jersey.

St. Joseph falls to 6-5, though the record is hardly indicative of the quality of the Cadets roster.

On Monday, St. Joseph lost 2-1 to undefeated No. 7 Danbury on a walk-off single after another 2-1 loss to No. 3 Masuk last week. The other two losses have been against New Jersey teams, including a 5-4 loss to Ramapo.

“That is the whole thing right now,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Babineau said. “We had a great practice yesterday and we talked about how we’ve had three losses by one run each. We could be 9-2 right now, the girls are right there, they just have to battle through it. It will make us better at the end.”

Will.Aldam@hearstmediact.com; @AldamWill

LUDLOWE 5, ST. JOSEPH 0

LUDLOWE 210 011 0 — 5 8 0

ST. JOSEPH 000 000 0— 0 5 2

Records: Ludlowe 9-1; St. Joseph 6-5

Batteries: S-Brooke Buzzeo (L), Lauren Wasikowski (4) and Kelsey Flanagan; F-Alex Lewey (W), Anna Gedacht (5) and Allie Tournas.