Darien baseball riding high at 9-2 after beating Stamford

Through the first 11 games of the high school baseball season, there hasn’t been anything which has been able to slow down the Darien baseball team.

After having their eight-game winning streak snapped by a 3-2 loss to the Hatters in Danbury last Friday, the Wave rebounded with a 6-2 victory over the Stamford Black Knights at DHS on Monday.

Stamford scored twice in the top of the first inning, but was then shut down by Darien pitcher Just Van de Graaf the rest of the way. Led by Sean Malley’s three-hit, four-RBI day, the Wave came back to take over in the fifth and sixth frames, to get back on the winning track.

Darien now owns records of 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the FCIAC, and is fourth in Class LL and tied with Staples for first place in the FCIAC playoff race. The Wave will play at Ridgefield in a key game on Friday, April 27, with games against Warde, Ludlowe and Staples on tap next week.

The top of the Wave’s lineup had a terrific performance against Stamford, as the No. 1 through 3 hitters were a combined 8-for-11 with six runs scored and five RBIs.

Hitting in the No. 3 spot, O’Malley was 3-for-3 with a double, home run, walk, two runs, and four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Justin Jordan was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and No. 2 hitter Henry Williams was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Max Gasvoda, hitting in the No. 4 spot, added a single and an RBI.

Van de Graaf delivered a complete game effort on the mound, and both runs allowed were unearned. He gave up five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. After the first inning, Stamford had just two hits and a walk the rest of the way.

The Knights’ first inning started with David Collazzo reaching on an error, and he scored two batters later on a double by Danny Collazzo. Matt Wirz drove in a second run with a two-out single.

The Wave got one run back in the bottom of the first when Jordan led off with a single, and later scored on a double by O’Malley.

The score remained 2-1 in favor of the Knights, until Darien tied it n the fifth, starting the inning with four consecutive singles. Jordan, Williams and O’Malley all had base hits to load the bases, and Gasvoda tied the score with an RBI single to right.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Wave rallied for four runs with two outs.

Nick Conte began the outburst with an infield single, Jordan followed with a base hit, and Williams singled through the right side to drive Conte home for a 3-2 lead. O’Malley then bashed a three-run homer to centerfield, blowing the game open at 6-2.

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Darien’s Justin Jordan had three hits in the Wave’s win over Stamford on Monday. — Dave Stewart photo

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