Darien baseball routs Warde
DARIEN — The Darien pitchers didn’t need much help Monday, but the bats provided it anyway.
“This was the most complete game form all three aspects that we’ve seen,” Darien coach Mike Scott said. “Both Jake and Sam were good…the defense supported them and that’s the second phase that needs to be there. And when the bats are there, we’re a tough out.”
Darien (7-5, 6-3 FCIAC) wasted no time providing Geddes with run support, tallying three times in the first, two of which came on Casey Brown’s opposite-field double.
After tacking on one in the second, the Wave put up seven in the third inning. Again, it was Brown who was in the middle of the rally, bashing a grand slam over the high center-field fence to break the game open.
“I was battling,” Brown said of his third-inning at bat. “It was a full count, we were going back and forth his curveball was tight, it was a good pitch. But he (Warde pitcher Sam Ruppert) left a fastball down the middle and I capitalized.”
Warde managed six hits, but its only tally came in the third on Ryan Donnelly’s double.
The Mustangs (4-9, 4-5) came into the game riding two big wins over Danbury and New Canaan, and, as of game time, found themselves in the last spot of the FCIAC tournament.
Now, Warde must brush off the lopsided loss if it wants to remain a contender for the postseason.
“I talked to them about real life situations through the game of baseball,” Warde coach Brett Conners said. “If the season ended today, we’re in the FCIAC tournament. Obviously, there’s a lot of baseball ahead of us, but we’re up there and we can’t give it back. Wwe have to fight like heck for the promotion.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Casey Brown, Darien. The lefty-hitting, Fordham-bound, first baseman was 3-3, driving in five and hitting a grand-slam in the third inning.
“They’re all big at this point,” Darien coach Mike Scott said of games remaining in the stretch-run. “You look at (Warde), you can’t sleep on them. They have two good wins in the last two games, that’s a team that’s starting to play better and someone that can bite you if you’re not ready for them and we didn’t want to let that happen today.”
Darien junior Harry Rayhill, who, on a deep team, is normally relegated to warming up outfielders or chasing foul balls got his second at-bat of the season in the sixth inning and proceeded to crush an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence for a solo home run.
“He’s a kid that puts in his work,” Scott said. “He hasn’t gotten the chances that other guys have had this year and it’s great to see a kid like that come through and succeed like that. I couldn’t be happier for the kid.”
DARIEN 12, FAIRFIELD WARDE 1
FAIRFIELD WARDE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0—1 6 2
DARIEN 3 1 7 0 0 1 X—12 12 1
Records: Fairfield Warde 4-9, 4-5 FCIAC; Darien 7-5, 6-3. Batteries: FW—Owen Buhrendorf (L), Sam Ruppert (3), Jacob von der Linden (4) and Finnian Mobley; D—Jake Geddes (W), Sam Hickey (5) and Sean O’Malley.