Darien’s Schofield and Western New England win CCC baseball title

Darien’s Jamie Schofield (11) celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run this spring. — Western New England Athletics photo

Darien’s Jamie Schofield, a sophomore at Western New England University this spring, helped the Golden Bears capture the 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.

Schofield, an infielder, batted .257 (29-of-113) with an impressive .512 on-base percentage. That includes 44 walks in 157 plate appearances, along with five doubles, three triples and two home runs. He also racked up 14 stolen bases, 46 runs scored and 24 RBIs.

Jamie Schofield. — Western New England Athletics photo

Western New England came into the CCC tournament as the No. 3 seed, and defeated the top-seeded Salve Regina Seahawks in a best-of-three series for the crown.

The Bears swept two straight games from the Seahawks, including an 11-3 romp in the first game. In that contest, Schofield reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks, one stolen base, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Game two took two days to play, as it was suspended due to darkness with the teams tied 6-6 after 11 innings. When play resumed, Western New England needed just 19 minutes to end it, scoring in the bottom of the 12th for a 7-6 win.

That put the Golden Bears in the NCAA Div. III tournament where they went 1-2 in three regional games. They lost to Ramapo 19-15, defeated Penn State-Berkshire 4-1, and lost to Keystone 6-4.

As a freshman last year, Schofield appeared in 20 games, hitting .212 with three doubles, eight runs scored and two RBIs.

Schofield is a member of the Darien High School Class of 2016 and was a senior captain on the Blue Wave’s FCIAC championship team that spring. He was also named to the All-FCIAC First Team and played in the Senior All-Star Game.