For any of you who missed Thursday’s Ludlowe vs. Warde baseball game, you didn’t miss much in the way of competitiveness.
Read my story from Friday’s Connecticut Post here.
This was the most lopsided Ludlowe vs. Warde baseball game in the rivalry’s history. It also marks the fifth time in the six times the teams have met that Warde has won.
Warde needed the game, mostly because it had lost three straight, including a 13-0 blasting at the hands of the top-ranked team in the FCIAC, St. Joseph on Wednesday.
The FCIAC in baseball is so wide open that each game is its own entity. The old baseball adage “momentum is tomorrow’s starting pitcher” holds true here. The Falcons played as crisp of a game in a 2-1 win over Darien on Wednesday, then made five errors which led to 11 unearned runs on Thursday.
Keith O’Rourke had the quote of the night, though, when he said: “Maybe I could petition the FCIAC for only earned runs to have counted for this game. Maybe they’ll do that, so maybe we’ll get the win.”
Both teams strike me as Jekyll and Hyde squads. Warde did not make an error on Thursday night, but its pitching has been prone to bouts with inconsistency. The Mustangs lost to Trinity a week ago, 9-8 when they gagged an 8-3 lead away in the sixth inning.
O’Rourke admitted that his team is looking for more Jekyll and less Hyde. The Falcons are 4-5, and have outscored opponents 73-67 in those nine games. But they’ve scored 46 of those runs in two games, and have given up nine runs or more in all of their losses.
The season hits the halfway point today, so it certainly isn’t early anymore. Both teams are in the hunt for FCIAC playoff spots, and if they can simply reach the tournament, they’ll have a chance to win it. Ludlowe plays Stamford, Warde plays its 10th game Wednesday against Trumbull.