FAIRFIELD >> At the halfway point in the season, Fairfield Ludlowe head softball coach Shari Paci likes where her team is at.
Sitting at 9-1 and 8-0 in the FCIAC, the Falcons are one of just two teams who are undefeated in conference play.
While the record is pretty, Paci, the competitive first year coach, knows her team has to continue pushing.
“We really do just take that game by game, inning by inning approach,” Paci said. “I have super high expectations for them and they know that. I think they’re willing to keep working hard and up for the challenge.”
Tuesday afternoon the Falcons posted a dominant 14-0 win over Staples to record their ninth straight victory. The Falcons recorded 11 hits, Brigette Anderson pitched a five-inning shutout and a solid defensive performance highlighted a near flawless outing.
“Today (Tuesday) was that total package,” Paci said. “It’s hard to give a game ball when so many people succeed. That’s a good feeling.”
After starting the season scoring just one run in the first two games, the Falcons have found a nice offensive rhythm that has come from gaining experience and establishing chemistry with a new coach and new players.
“I think it was getting used to each other,” senior co-captain Brenna Martini said. “It was getting comfortable with each other and a new lineup and new coach.”
Through 10 games the Falcons are averaging just under 10 runs a game and have given up just 13 runs total.
But part of what’s worked for Ludlowe is they don’t pay attention to the stats or records. For one, they aren’t allowed to.
Martini said Paci has all of their stats and they have no clue what they are.
“A batting average in her opinion and a lot of our opinions is not an accurate representation of how well you hit,” Martini said. “So I think not knowing is better.”
Led by Martini’s bat, Ludlowe has been receiving contributions from an array of players, including three freshmen who start. In Tuesday’s game against Staples, freshman Anna Rasmussen collected two hits.
“Three freshmen starting, that’s a big deal,” Martini said. “They’ve stepped up tremendously.”
The Falcons will get a big test next week as they travel to one-loss Greenwich on Wednesday and then make the trip to Stamford on Friday. Stamford is the only team to beat the Falcons. The following Monday, Ludlowe faces rival Warde.
“Next week is pretty big for us, but we’re just going to keep working as hard as we do,” Paci said.
“We work very hard in practice. I think it’s going to be a fun week,” Martini said with a smile.