Darien baseball team hit hard by New Canaan
NEW CANAAN -- The red-hot New Canaan lineup once again broke out the bats in a big way, as the Rams clubbed their way to a 16-2 shellacking of border rival Darien on Monday at Mead Park for their fifth straight win.
Entering the bottom of the third with a slim 3-2 advantage, New Canaan sent a dozen batters to the dish while plating seven runs to boost its lead to 10-2.
The seven-run frame included a double by Matt Toth, a single by Andrew Casali, a double by Brian Moran, a single by Erik Jager, a walk by Alex Curto, a walk by Casey Ouellette, a single by Toth and a single by Moran.
"We've been swinging the bats well all year. We have depth in the lineup and everybody can hit the ball hard," said Toth, who gave his team a 1-0 lead in the first inning by belting a 2-2 pitch over the right-centerfield fence. "It was a high and outside fastball and I just took it the other way, went to right field and it just went out."
Prior to giving up seven runs in the bottom half of the third, Darien missed an opportunity to tie the game or even take the lead in the top half.
Trailing 3-0 entering the third, the Wave started the inning with a walk by Drew Dirvin, a single by Brandan Donohue, a walk by Nick Pettitt and consecutive RBI singles by Carl Stowell and Andrew Maley to close to within 3-2 with the bases still loaded and no one out.
"Bases loaded, nobody out still. Even after two runs scored, you want to be able to put a couple more across," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "Anderson made a couple good pitches, but we can't let them off the hook there. We've got to be able to put some more pressure on them there."
With the bases still juiced, New Canaan starting pitcher JR Anderson recovered to notch a strikeout, a lineout and another strikeout to escape the inning with the lead still intact. Anderson logged six innings of two-run, four-hit ball while striking out five and walking five.
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"I don't think he walked five all year last year, and he walked five today. But he got out of the inning with two, and kept it where it had to be," New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. "I tell these guys `beat them every inning' and we beat them that inning. I was expecting a tight game, but once again if you pound the zone with a fastball, we're going to swing. There's not really a dead spot in the lineup."
"We got beat in every facet of the game," Scott said. "They put some pressure on us early, we didn't execute and the game got away from us."
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday. New Canaan travels to take on Staples at 4 p.m. while Darien hits the road for a clash with Greenwich at 4 p.m.
"The infield was strong, the outfield made all the plays, we hit our cuts, backed up JR pretty well, so I'm pretty happy with our defense," Toth said.
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New Canaan 16, Darien 2
DARIEN 002 000 0--2 4 7
NEW CANAAN 127 330 X--16 14 0
Records: Darien 4-5, 3-4 FCIAC; New Canaan 9-1, 8-1 FCIAC.
Batteries: NC--JR Anderson (W), David Giusti and Casey Ouellette and CJ Altman; D--Mack Glavin (L), Ames Murray, Matt Morr and Jack Travers. Highlights: NC--Matt Toth had three hits, including a home run and a double. Henry Lavieri had two hits, including a double. Anderson threw six inning of two-run ball. D--Cam Smith hit a double. Andrew Maley had an RBI single. Carl Stowell had an RBI single.