Darien baseball alums star in Duke-BC series

Darien’s Henry Wlliams and Emmet Sheehan picked up pitching victories for opposing baseball teams during a weekend series between Duke and Boston College in Durham, NC.

Williams, a sophomore with Duke, picked up his first career victory by firing six solid innings in a 10-3 decision over Boston College on Saturday. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven.

On Sunday, Sheehan, a junior with Boston College, pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out nine. He got the victory in the Eagles’ 5-2 decision, which gave them two wins in the three-game set.

Williams, a Blue Wave alum, escaped an early jam in the top of the first inning of his game, striking out the side after an error and double had put runners on second and third with no outs.

Williams, who allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings in his first start, lowered his ERA to 4.35 this season. He has struck out 13 in 10.1 innings, walking three and allowing 10 hits.

Another Blue Wave pitcher, Richard Brereton, is a graduate student at Duke and has pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five runs in three appearances. He pitched 1.1 innings in Sunday’s game, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two.

Staples’ graduate Chad Knight, a freshman with Duke, is hitting .286 (6-for-21) with three doubles, one home run, and five RBIs.

Duke pitcher Henry Williams, a graduate of Darien High School, fires in a pitch during a recent baseball game.

Duke pitcher Henry Williams, a graduate of Darien High School, fires in a pitch during a recent baseball game.

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Sheehan, who went to the Salisbury School, has won both of his starts this season, and has a 1.50 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 12 innings.

As a freshman in 2019, Sheehan pitched out of the bullpen and had an ERA of 4.50 with 21 strikeouts in 12 innings.

david.stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports