Kings of the diamond: Warde baseball rips Ludlowe 14-6
A day after getting blasted 13-0 by St. Joseph High, the Fairfield Warde High baseball decided to do a little blasting of its own against cross-town rival Fairfield Ludlowe.
The fact that the Falcons decided to be generous to their Fairfield counterparts helped too.
Ludlowe committed five errors in the game, leading to 11 unearned runs as the Mustangs pummeled the Falcons 14-6 on Thursday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.
"That's what we've been doing all year," Warde coach Mark Caron said. "When teams make an error or two, we've had big innings."
Warde pitcher Dan Warren earned his second win of the year, throwing six innings, allowing six earned runs, scattering 10 hits, and striking out six. The Mustangs snapped a three-game losing streak after winning their first five.
"It was a huge game because we needed a win," Caron said. Warren "pitched great."
James Neomonitis led the Warde offensive charge, as the Mustangs banged out 15 hits for the game, nine of which were off of Ludlowe starter Dylan Grande.
Warde scored seven runs in the fifth, none of which were earned. The Falcons committed three errors, on top of two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsmen, which gave Warde a 14-0 advantage.
"We had five errors and many more miscues than that," Ludlowe coach Keith O'Rourke said. "That's how you wind up down 14-0 ... the pitching was not bad at all."
Ludlowe answered with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to making the game interesting, but it proved too little too late. The Falcons batted around, belting six hits off of Warren. The Falcons fell for just the second time in five games.
"I was pleased to see us show some fight," O'Rourke said.
Warde took control of the game from the outset. Centerfielder Michael Garcia singled and scored on Warren's RBI double. Warren reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielders choice to put Warde up 2-0.
"It was easier to pitch with the lead," Warren said.
Warde added four in the third, aided by two Falcons' errors, including one which allowed Garcia to reach. Neamonitis then singled, and after two outs, Joe Bartolomeo socked a double scoring two to put the Mustangs 4-0.
"We got some key two-out hits there," Caron said.
WARDE 204 170 0 -- 14 16 0
LUDLOWE 000 006 0 -- 6 10 5
Batteries -- Warde: Dan Warren (W, 2-1), Connor Sullivan (7) and John Gallucci; Ludlowe: Dylan Grande (L, 2-1), Vic D'Ascenzo (5), Nick Chandler (5), Patrick Gutierrez (6), James Dowd (7) and Chris Kennedy and Mike Nagy.