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It was a close game early, but Darien broke it open in the fifth and sixth innings to beat St. Joseph 7-2 at Trumbull on Wednesday.

Henry Williams had the complete game win on the mound.

He was keeping their hitters off balance, and pitching the contact.

— Mike Scott

It is his third win of the season.

Williams struck out five and walked two and gave up three hits.

“He was absolutely outstanding on the mound today,” said Darien coach Mike Scott. “He gave up two runs in the third, just made a couple of mistakes. But he really settled in.”

Williams had his breaking pitch working.

“He was keeping their hitters off balance, and pitching the contact,” Scott said. “It was important for him to go deep in the game today, because these games are backing up on each other a little bit. And we want to try to save our pitchers as much as we can.”

Darien has first-in-the-FCIAC Westhill next.

“It gives us a chance tomorrow,” said Scott.

Darien scored a run in the third, then three in the fifth and three in the sixth.

“Today was a very big win as it puts us one step closer to qualifying for the FCIAC tournament,” Wave senior captain Cord Fox said. “We started off a little slow today, but Henry Williams kept us in the game with his pitching, only letting up two runs.”

Darien improves to 9-5 FCIAC, 10-7 overall, and is in seventh place in the league.

The Cadets are 4-9, 6-10.

Sean O’Malley had a huge home run to put us up 4-2,” Fox said of the fifth and sixth inning fireworks. “That really lifted the team and we added three more in the next inning which was the nail in the coffin.”

O’Malley banged the three-run homer in the fifth, after Darien had a runner tossed out at the plate.

“And he came through with a go-ahead homer,” said Scott. “And then we never looked back.”

“Overall we were able to respond after a hard loss to New Canaan,” said Fox. “And it puts us in a position to control our own fate for getting into the playoffs.”

Fin Batson hit a solo homer in the sixth.

“To see the boys respond in the sixth with three more runs was tremendous,” said Scott. “We have been kind of letting teams hang around too much.”

Justin Jordan had two hits and scored a run, Peter Marren had two hits and scored twice, Casey Brown had two hits and scored and had two RBI, Fox singled, Batson was 2-for-4.