Fairfield Warde baseball outslugged by Staples
You can't afford to be charitable on the diamond.
The Fairfield Warde baseball team found out the hard way in a 21-11 loss at Staples on Monday. Warde dropped to 2-2 as its three pitchers walked seven batters and its fielders committed three errors. Staples raised its record to 3-0.
"Obviously, Staples is one of the best teams in the league and we can't give them extra outs or bases," Mustangs Coach Mark Caron said.
"We knew we had to score some runs today and take advantage of Warde not having its top pitcher on the mound," Wreckers Coach Jack McFarland said.
Staples also sent out its fourth starter, senior righty Justin Honigstein. Senior captain lefty David Speer's turn to pitch is today when the Wreckers travel to Brien McMahon and their second ace, senior righty Jimmy Sikorski is mending from an injury and will be ready to pitch next week.
And with Staples scoring at least one run in the first five innings, it more than compensated for not having one of its two aces on the mound. Moreover, Honigstein got the out when he needed too. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs, five earned, on six hits, with one walk, two hit batters and four strikeouts.
Warde took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Seniors Coner Sullivan and Trevor Doherty hit back-to-back singles with one out and sophomore Dan Warren drove in Sullivan with a single to left but was thrown out in his attempt to stretch it into a double.
Senior captain Grant Moss (3-4, 3 RBI) set the tone for Staples by belting a home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Warde also hit well, and took a 4-1 lead in the top of the second on senior Kevin Callahan's home run over the left field fence in the top of the second.
This lead didn't last. Junior Ryan Burke (2-4, 4 RBI) led off the inning with an infield single. After Mustang senior lefty C.J. Forcino walked two and struck out one, Lipper belted a two-run single to right. Senior captain Jack Hennessy then reached on an error to tie the game and junior Tyler Jacobs (1-5, 2 RBI) hit a ground ball to senior shortstop Connor Sullivan, who threw home in an attempt to nail Lipper.
Lipper slid home safely for the go-ahead run. Moss then plated Hennessy with a single up the middle.
After a strikeout, Burke slammed a three-run home run over the right field fence to make it 9-4.
"One thing we emphasize in practice is to hit the ball to right field and it was the perfect pitch to hit over the fence," Burke said. "The coach emphasized the importance of waiting for the one pitch."
The Mustangs scored in every inning and came back with one run in the top of the third. Doherty led off with a single and after an error and hit batsman, scored on a wild pitch. Juniors Mike Garcia led off the top of the fourth with a home run over the right field fence and junior John Gallucci led off the top of the fifth with a homer over the center field fence.
However, Staples broke it open with eight runs in the bottom of the third. Lipper had singles in the inning. Hennessy (2-4) had a bunt single, Jacobs, Moss and junior Brendan Bernstein each hit singles and senior Mike Rustemeyer (2-4) hit a three-run homer over the right field fence.
Junior righty Chet Pajolek pitched 2 2/3 innings and was the winning pitcher. Fellow junior righty Dylan Meissner pitched the seventh for Staples.
Senior Eric Burns hit an RBI double in the sixth and Doherty belted a two-run double in the seventh.
"Our guys had excellent swings and we had a big lead but gave it right back," Caron said.