The Greenwich High School softball team knew Tuesday's game against Westhill of Stamford would not be an easy one. The Westhill Vikings already beat the Cardinals twice this season. But, a walk off homerun from Rebecca DeCarlo in the bottom of the eighth pushed Greenwich to the next round of the CIAC tournament.
"You just want a base hit and the girls around me will bring me around. That's all I was thinking and I got lucky," said DeCarlo.
"She was struggling a little bit at the plate, and I could not be happier for her. She needed that today. She needed a lift because she was 0-3 for the day. We needed that hit to won the game," said Greenwich head coach Mary Beth Fratello.
Both teams threatened to score in the seventh with runners in scoring position. Jenna Lewis and Kaira Ramon got on base with singles, but Greenwich pitcher Jessie Schelz shut down the next two batters. Cardinals answered when second baseman Dominique Gambers smacked a triple, but was unable to cross the plate.
"It was definitely nerve wracking towards the end of the game because they tied it up, but we kept ourselves and we pulled through," DeCarlo said.
Schelz got the 3-2 win, giving up nine hits and striking out three. The Cardinals will host eleventh ranked South Windsor this Thursday in the CIAC quarterfinals.
"We are doing a great job. If Jessie keeps pitching, we have great defense, and we have some timely hitting, like Rebecca today with her homerun," Fratello said.