Williams, Vaught combine on no-hitter as Darien baseball tops McMahon 6-0
The Darien Blue Wave baseball team defeated the Brien McMahon Senators 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Norwalk as Henry Williams and Jackson Vaught combined on a no-hitter.
“That’s not something we’ve seen a lot of here,” Darien head coach Mike Scott said of the no-hitter. “To do it against a team like McMahon, who has some guys who can swing the bat, it’s a tremendous job by our guys.”
It was the first no-hitter for the Blue Wave since 2009.
Williams threw the first five innings, allowing two walks and striking out seven. Two other baserunners reached on errors that were made behind Williams. He came out after throwing 93 pitches.
“He was really, really good. He threw the ball hard,” said McMahon head coach John Cross. “I really was impressed with my guys battling. They went deep into a lot of counts and his pitch count got really high. We had guys on base, we put the ball in play.”
Vaught finished the game off throwing the final two innings.
“Henry worked some tough at-bats. They gave Henry some fits with those long at-bats, fouling off some good pitches in the at-bats. He battled through it,” said Scott.
It was the eighth straight win for the Blue Wave, who are now 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the FCIAC,
Darien’s offense got on the board in the first. Justin Jordan hit the third pitch of the game off the wall in right-center field for a triple. Two batters later, he came in to score on a single by Sean O’Malley.
In the second, the Blue Wave tacked on. With two outs, Fin Batson walked. A walk to Jordan put two on. Williams came up and doubled to right to score Batson and put runners on second and third. O’Malley followed up with a single to left to score Jordan and Williams and increase the Darien lead to 4-0.
“The bats came alive. O’Malley was awesome today, four RBI’s,” said Williams.
In the third, Mac McLean led off with a single to right. He then stole second. After a pop-out, a single by Justin Van de Graaf put runners on the corners with one out. Arthur Xanthos then laid down the safety-squeeze bunt. The flip home from pitcher Korey Morton was late and McLean came in to score.
Darien would cap the scoring and O’Malley would end his big day in the sixth with a solo home run to right-center field to put Darien on top 6-0.
“He’s starting to come back into form,” said Scott. “He was clutch today. A couple big two-out knocks and the home run which caps. If he’s starting to swing the bat like we know he can he’s going to be a nice piece to this lineup.”
Offensively for McMahon, they didn’t have many chances.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in play consistently and that’s just what a good pitcher does. I think it’s probably the hardest velocity we’ve seen all year,” said Cross.
In the third, the Senators put two on base thanks to an error and a walk but Williams was able to get a strikeout to get out of the jam.
“That’s what you have to do in baseball. You have to pick up another teammate (after an error) and that’s what I did,” said Williams.
In the seventh, McMahon got two on base with two out thanks to a walk and hit-by-pitch but Vaught was able to get a strikeout to end the game and preserve the no-hitter.
“(Vaught) came in and shut the door. He did a really solid job,” said Williams.
Other than that, the Senators had a man on in the first who reached on an error and one on in the second from a walk. No McMahon baserunner reached third base in the game. In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings the Senators sent nine up and nine were retired by Blue Wave pitchers.
“We didn’t really know what was going on (in terms of a no-hitter) until the sixth inning. After that we knew we had to come out and shut it down and play good defense. It was really just a team effort today,” said Williams.
McMahon (4-4 overall, 1-3 FCIAC) will play next on Friday at Stamford at 4 p.m.
“I think this type of game is doing to help us out because we are going to see some other good pitchers and seeing him now will help us when we see (Alex) Price from Ridgefield, Chad Knight over at Staples and a couple kids from Westhill I know who throw pretty well,” said Cross. “It’s only going to help us.”
Darien will be back in action on Friday at Danbury at 4 p m.
“We are happy with where we are at but we are not satisfied. We have a lot of tough teams ahead of us and we can’t just rest on these laurels,” said Scott. “We have to go out and earn it every day. We are going to keep working and keep trying to get better.”