Prep baseball rallies to beat Xavier
Trailing by four runs against in the fifth inning its game with 5-1 Xavier on Wednesday, many thought the Fairfield Prep baseball team was done.
Fortunately for the Jesuits, they did not.
Prep scored three runs in the fifth, and then three in the seventh, capped by a game-winning single from centerfielder Ryan Wilson, as the Jesuits pulled out an unlikely 7-6 win over the Falcons on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Diamond.
"We're very excited," Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said. "We had guys step up all over the place, especially in the late innings."
"[Turner] did a great job of holding them," Mauritz said.
Jesuits' designated hitter Anthony Redamonti was 3-4 with four RBIs, and a home run in the seventh inning to tie the game at 6.
"I was working on shortening my swing," Redamonti said. "The last one I got was a nice one."
The Jesuits loaded the bases after that, and Wilson slammed a 1-2 curve ball up the middle to score Alex Heiman and give Prep the victory.
"I was just trying to get the run across any way possible," Wilson said. "I was able to hit it hard enough."
But, Xavier took control of the game from the outset, scoring three runs in the top of the first, and another in the top of the second off of Sullivan. The junior starter allowed a leadoff hit in the third, and Mauritz pulled him for Turner.
"He was leaving the ball up a little bit," Mauritz said of Sullivan. "At the varsity level, you're not going to get away with that."
The Jesuits did not help Sullivan much, either, stranding five runners in the first three innings of play.
However, trailing 5-1, Prep responded in the fifth. Michael Smerglio led off the inning with a walk, and Kevin Sinclair was hit by a pitch. Redamonti singled to score Smerglio and Heiman struck out for the second out of the inning.
But catcher Max Araya laced a double to score Sinclair and Redamonti and cut the Xavier advantage to 5-4.
"That was the inning that turned the game around," Redamonti said.
"That was a big double," Mauritz said.
Xavier scored a run in the sixth, but, facing its final three outs, Prep exploded. Sinclair led off the inning with a single, and Redamonti blasted a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to tie the game.
Heiman singled, and was sacrificed to second by Araya. A walk and a single loaded the bases and Wilson singled to center to give Prep its second straight win.
Prep will play again on Monday against West Haven at Alumni Diamond at 3:45 p.m.