STAMFORD — With two of the best pitchers in the FCIAC taking to the circle in Stamford’s Sara Staley and New Canaan’s Gillian Kane, both teams knew scoring would be at a premium.

The two aces did not disappoint, with neither pitcher surrendering an earned run until Kristin Osburn’s two-out blooper dropped into shallow centerfield, scoring Maddie Santora and putting the Black Knights ahead in the bottom of the sixth.

Stamford’s Tori Cuscuna delivered an exclamation point to the sixth with a two-run double off the centerfield fence, allowing Stamford to stay unbeaten with a 4-1 win over the Rams.

“Well pitched game by both kids,” Stamford coach Tony Esposito said. “We got a couple big hits in the sixth. Kristin’s ball was a blooper but it is a hit. She got the bat on the ball in a huge situation. Tori tacking on those two runs were huge.”

Staley, who struck out seven while allowing four hits for the victory, said she does not change her approach no matter who is pitching for the other team.

“Every game, every run can make or break the game,” Staley said. “Of course, in a game like this we were really focused and tried to stay clean out there. The team is really working well together. Our fielders all have each other’s backs and especially our outfielders today saved so many runs for us.”

Stamford (7-0, 4-0 FCIAC) scored in the second inning after a hard line drive off the bat of Cuscuna got under the glove of the New Canaan right fielder, allowing Staley to come around and score from first base.

New Canaan (5-3, 3-2) scratched out an unearned run of its own in the top of the fourth with the help of two errors and Molly Keshin sprinting around the bases, tying the game 1-1.

For her part, Kane was sharp, striking out nine and allowing six hits, three of which came in the sixth inning. They were the first earned runs she has allowed in FCIAC play this season.

“We knew this would be a pitchers’ duel,” New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said. “Stamford High, they are not slackers, but we knew if Gillian was on, she would have a good game and it would be low scoring. Sara (Staley) does her job, but we went up there firing and trying to get hits.”

With one out and the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Santora doubled down the third base line, later scoring on Osburn’s hit with two outs.

Staley then walked before Cuscuna launched the hardest hit ball of the day, one-hopping the centerfield fence and plating two insurance runs.

“I was just trying to stay in the strike zone and make contact,” said Cuscuna, Stamford’s catcher. “Sara’s curveball was so good today and her changeup fooled a lot of people.”

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STAMFORD 4, NEW CANAAN 1

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Records: Stamford 7-0, 4-0 FCIAC; New Canaan 5-3, 3-2 FCIAC

Batteries: S—Sara Staley (W) and Tori Cuscuna; NC—Gillian Kane (L) and Molly Keshin