Little League: Stamford American routs Darien
Stamford, which is now 2-0, bashed three home runs and scored in every inning of the run-rule shortened game.
“We’ve been focusing on batting practice and I got some kids that can knock the ball around, as you see,” Stamford coach Nick Montagnese said. “I’m really proud, I came into this game very nervous, Darien used to be two teams and they merged to one so you didn’t know what to expect. They’re a very good ball club but my kids came to play today, they came to hit.”
Early in the contest it looked like the two teams were bound for a shootout. Darien scored four in the first two innings, highlighted by a double from Tommy Bock and an RBI single from Andre Briganti.
“They hit the ball pretty well,” Darien coach Scott Plank said of Stamford. “Our pitchers left it out over the plate a few times and they’re a good hitting team, they always are, so it was tough.”
There was a little controversy in the first on Morton’s homer as he hooked it over the foul-pole in right field, leading to a judgement call from the home-plate umpire in favor of Stamford.
“We really didn’t like that call on the three-run home run,” Plank said. “That set the tone a little bit for us, the kids were down when they came in after that. We’ll work through it, we have Weston under the lights on Wednesday.”
The Darien bats would go quiet after the second as Stamford pitcher Jeremy Fauci settled down, finishing the game and allowing just one more unearned run in the fourth.
“Just to come back with heart and fight all the way through,” Fauci said of his adjustment after the second. “It feels really good when I’m pitching that I have good defense and we have a good run-differential.”
The biggest inning was the last for Stamford, which scored six runs while only registering one out to end the game early.
Jimmy Cosentino had a virtual replay of his three-run homer in Saturday’s game, hammering a line-drive over the center field fence to drive in two. Three batters later, Kevin Salvatore duplicated the feat with a two-run shot of his own.
After Fauci lined a ball off the fence Jake Benner doubled into the left-center field gap and Morton put the finishing touches on with a single into left.
“It feels really good that we’re a lot better than last year,” Fauci said of his team’s 2-0 start after going 0-4 in pool play a year ago. “Everyone thought we were going to come in really weak but we came in stronger than we were.”
STAMFORD 15, DARIEN 5
DARIEN 1 3 0 1 — 5 6 3
STAMFORD AMERICAN 3 4 2 6 — 15 15 1
Batteries: D—Hayden Hall (1+, L), Garrett Stauffer (1.2), Trace Florio (.2), Karson Drake (.1) and Ryan Plank; SA—Jeremy Fauci (4, W) and Jimmy Cosentino. Highlights: D—Andre Briganti went 2-3 at the plate and scored two runs. SA—Jeremy Fauci went the distance on the mound and went 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Jake Morton, Jimmy Cosentino and Kevin Salvatore all homered.