Guerrero and Falcons have high hopes for FCIAC run

Ludlowe starting pitcher Aliza Guerrero came away with the win against Stamford on Thursday. The Falcons won 7-2. (Jason Rearick/Staff photographer)

The second day of a new season is hardly must-win territory, but coming off a 4-3 opening-day loss to Brookfield, there should have been a little extra added pressure on the Fairfield Ludlowe softball team heading into a key early FCIAC meeting at Stamford on Thursday afternoon.

Or was there? You could hardly tell on the face of the Falcons’ pitcher, Aliza Guerrero, who tossed a 6-hitter in a 7-2 victory against what figures to be one of the league’s better hitting teams, then spoke with the nonchalance of someone on the winning side of a neighborhood pickup game in a vacant lot.

“There was none at all,” Guerrero said. “Yesterday we went in with the same mindset we did today. We played well. A 4-3 loss is better than 10-0.”

Guerrero, with the calm of tranquil lake, said she remained even-keeled after Stamford came back from a 3-0 deficit with two runs in the third inning.

“I didn’t really let the score affect me,” she said. “I had positive thoughts.”

While St. Joseph and Darien are most mentioned as the teams to beat this season, don’t sleep on the Falcons, who have been ascending under coach Tony Samuelian. Guerrero, shortstop Emily Nelson and third baseman Brenna Martini are the returning stars, but it was the corner outfielders, Nickey Tygesen and Gillian Kennedy, who homered against Stamford.

“For us this is really nice because we want to come out of this week 2-1 at a minimum,” said Samuelian, whose team faces Trumbull on Friday. “I really like this team. I like what they can do, and I don’t think they realize their potential.”

Or perhaps the players do.

“We hope to make this year the best year ever here,” Guerrero said. “We have strong bats, which will help a lot, and the defense will be very effective too.”

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