Published April 18. 2013 4:00AM
Norwich - Alana Luzzio, a Class L all-state selection last season for the Fitch High School softball team, returned to the mound Wednesday for the first time since suffering an injury to her left leg early in the season, picking up a nine-inning victory over Norwich Free Academy.
Luzzio also had the game-winning hit in the ninth for Fitch, which topped NFA 2-1 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division.
Luzzio, who last pitched three innings in an opening day loss to Stamford, struck out eight, walked three and allowed seven hits, while also going 2-for-4 with a double. Her single in the ninth scored Katherine Georgetti, who reached on an error. Fitch is 4-2 overall, 2-1 in the division.
NFA (3-3, 0-3) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Emily Arico and Caitlyn Dubreuil had two hits each for the Wildcats, while Sam DeVito and Megan Weir split the pitching duties, allowing two unearned runs.
"I won't say she's fully back 100 percent," Fitch coach Kate Prpich said of Luzzio. "We've been trying to not have her do too much too soon. It's early. Let it get better. But was important for her to get some work in."
Luzzio was 12-5 with a 1.18 earned run average last year and hit .531.
In other games:
• Mena Buscetto pitched a four-hitter and first-year coach Brittany Connors earned her first career win as St. Bernard defeated Windham 8-2.
Buscetto struck out six and walked none for the Saints (1-4), also going 2-for-3. Margaret Reagan added two RBI and Ali Patterson scored twice and had two stolen bases.
Connors, a 2007 graduate of Waterford High, was an assistant coach for St. Bernard last year when the team reached the Class S state championship game.
• Sarah Pacheco had two hits, including a home run and four RBI, as Waterford rolled to a 10-0 victory over Woodstock Academy in the ECC Large Division. Claire Hurley, Jodi Weiss, Tori VanCleave and Talia Rickerson added two hits apiece for the Lancers (5-1, 3-0) while VanCleave and Kazi Walker combined to pitch a five-hitter.
• Lindsey Reinhart was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI as Ledyard defeated Lyman Memorial 15-3. Tyler Gernhard and Kathrine Welles each added two hits for Ledyard (4-3, 2-1) and Jessica Monday earned the victory.
• New London lost to Woodstock 12-5. Haley Brennan singled, homered and scored twice and Bryanna Parkes and Brennan drove in runs for New london (0-6).
• Katie Headley and Christine McNeil each went 3-for-4 and scored four runs as Stonington remained unbeaten with a 14-1 win over Montville. Theresa Kane pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and also went 3-for-5 with three runs for the Bears (6-0), as did sister Mallory Kane. Caitlin Perkins drove in the lone run for Montville (3-4) with an double.
• Grasso Tech lost to University/Classical 22-7 in a Constitution State Conference East Division game. Tabitha Ford had two hits for Grasso (4-2, 3-1).