Darien baseball topples Wilton
DARIEN—The middling Wilton baseball team knew it would have to play almost a perfect game defensively to keep top FCIAC seed Darien at bay Monday afternoon.
In the end the Blue Wave showed why they have No. 1 next to their name; turning 10 hits and four Wilton errors into an 8-2 home victory.
“That’s what high school baseball is all about; it’s try not to make the mistakes and try to capitalize on the other team’s mistakes,” Darien coach Mike Scott said. “They made a couple we took advantage of, but we had a lot of hits today and our guys found a way to put the bat on the ball and make things happen — I’m happy with the lineup top to bottom.”
Darien (11-2, 7-2 FCIAC) put up a two spot in the first on RBI singles from Peter Marren and Christopher Drake, but left the bases loaded. Wilton (7-6, 4-5) immediately tied the game in the top of the second, taking advantage of a Darien error and an RBI groundout from Glenn O’Brien, but Darien responded in the bottom half of the frame with three more runs, chasing Warrior starter O’Brien with two on and none out.
“Darien swings the bat, they don’t have a weak spot in their order,” said Wilton manager Timothy Eagen, whose Warriors currently sit just outside of FCIAC playoff contention. “And to be in a game like this you have to play perfect defense behind them, and we really didn’t do that for Glenn. Glenn was pitching well, he gave up one run in 14 innings coming into today and they hit him hard, but everything was up — give Darien credit.”
Wilton reliever Jack Mastianna came in and pitched admirably for six innings — Darien was able to tack on three runs, but only one was earned.
“He did a great job,” Eagen said. “He’s a senior and we’ve been trying to get him innings to show what he can do. He did a very good job today stopping the bleeding.”
Darien ace Andrew Winsch went the distance for the Blue Wave, getting his record up to 5-1 on the year while allowing one earned run and striking out five.
“I don’t think he had his best stuff today,” Scott said. “He grinded through a couple innings like the second and when it came down to it he went back to his bread-and-butter, locating the fastball. And when he can do that he’s tough to beat.”
When the Wave do what they did Monday they’re tough to beat, getting hits from top to bottom in the order, fielding their positions and strong pitching have equaled plenty of success so far.
“That’s what we’ve been preaching to the guys all year — pitching and defense,” Scott said. “We know we have guys who can hit, but if those first two components aren’t there we’re going to struggle…when we play a clean game defensively we’re a tough team."
Darien 8, Wilton 2
WILTON 0 2 0 0 0 0 0—2 5 4
DARIEN 2 3 0 0 1 2 X—8 10 1
Records: Wilton 7-6, 4-5 FCIAC; Darien 11-2, 7-2. Batteries: W—Glenn O’Brien (1+, L), Jack Mastrianna (6) and Jack DiNanno; D—Andrew Winsch (7, W) and Sean O’Malley. Highlights: W—Jack Dooley went 2-3 and scored a run. D—Andrew Winsch threw a complete game giving up just one earned run. Rich Brereton scored three runs.