FAIRFIELD -- The Shelton High School baseball team was trying to avoid two straight disappointing losses to teams it had already beaten.
The Gaels' ace Ryan Testani made sure that didn't happen.
The junior starting pitcher allowed just three hits and only walked one while striking out six in Shelton's 5-0 win over Fairfield Prep on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field.
"That's why he's our No. 1," Shelton coach Scott Gura said. "We needed, from our ace, a knock down, shutout performance and that's what we got today."
Senior Ryan Daiss socked a double and triple, driving in four as the Gaels improved to 9-3, just two days removed from a loss to 5-6 Daniel Hand.
"It was a disappointing loss," Gura said. "We didn't have a good approach at the plate."
"Coach said after that game that we've got to start hitting," Daiss said. "We had to give Testani some runs."
"(Young) is a competitor for us," Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said. "That's why the guys have a lot of respect for him ... Today just wasn't the day."
Wright's three-bagger was the only extra base hit Testani permitted in the complete game effort. Testani threw his fastball, curve and change up for strikes, forcing Prep into eight ground outs.
"His changeup was exceptional today," Gura said. "And (Prep) is a good baseball team."
Prep also was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left all four runners that reached on base. Shelton did not commit an error either.
"I just tried to keep them off balance," Testani said. "And my teammates made plays behind me."
"Their pitcher did a great job mixing it up," Mauritz said. "And a couple of times we had the chance to execute, we didn't do it."
Daiss' two-RBI double to the gap in right-centerfield broke the game open in the fifth inning. After Vincent Backert and Bryan Kondor singled, Daiss stroked a 1-2 pitch up the alley, putting the Gaels up 4-0.
"I'm finally starting to hit," Daiss said. "I saw the ball good today."
The senior first baseman drove in Ryan Zahornasky in the seventh, legging out a triple.
"That's only my third one," Daiss said. "I'm getting a little faster this year."
Shelton took an early lead in the second when Dan McCormack tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Daiss drove in Zahornasky and reached on an error.
"It's a lot better to pitch when you have a lead," Testani said. "They supported me."
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