In one of Richard Brereton’s last games with the Darien High baseball team, he earned the MVP award as the Blue Wave claimed an FCIAC championship.
Now, two years later, and much farther south, Brereton is swinging a hot bat, and showing a strong arm, as a sophomore with the Emory University Eagles in Georgia.
Brereton scored a complete game victory on the mound as Emory knocked off Case Western Reserve, 5-2, on Friday, March 30, at Nobby’s Park in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked the full nine innings on 131 pitches, allowing two earned runs on six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.
Case Western brought the tying run to the plate when the first two batters reached base in the bottom of the ninth, but Brereton retired the next three batters on a flyout, strikeout, and groundout to shut the door.
The performance was the first nine-inning complete game for Emory in nearly two seasons.
The former Blue Wave star kept his momentum going in his next pitching start, allowing one earned run in seven innings in a 6-2 win over Washington University on Friday, April 6.
He walked four and struck out six and, after allowing a run in the top of the first, fired six scoreless innings as the Eagles gained control.
With that victory, Brereton improved to 3-3 and dropped his ERA to 4.22. He has struck out 46 in 49 innings pitched.
At the plate, Brereton carries a .327 batting average through 27 games, with 34 hits in 104 at-bats. That includes five doubles, three triples, and a home run, along with 12 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
The 2016 graduate of DHS also has a .462 slugging percentage and a .407 on-base percentage.
The Eagles, who won three of four games against Washington this weekend, are 13-14 overall.