For five-and-a-half innings Wednesday, the Fairfield Warde baseball team did everything but take the lead.

But in the sixth, the Mustangs finally broke through.

Warde scored two sixth-inning runs and hung on for a 4-3 victory over Stamford at Warde.

"My team has really battled," Warde coach Mark Caron said. "I'm real proud of the way they bounced back."

Peter Detrik scored a run and drove one in, and Anthony Miller's sixth-inning sacrifice fly gave Warde the lead for good, making a winner out of reliever Justin Triunfo. Triunfo pitched 2-1/3-scoreless innings of relief.

"Justin kept the ball down and was really dominant there," Caron said.

Stamford shortstop Travis Docimo drove in two runs, and catcher Chris Dipietro scored two runs and singled as the Black Knights fell to 3-5.

"It was a great baseball game," Stamford coach Fred Kelley said. "You've got to give credit to Warde, they battled back every time we had a lead."

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Tyler Serrichio surrendered two runs in two innings of relief, taking the loss.

Through six innings, Warde stranded four baserunners and had four cut down on the bases. Kenny Wright's perfect strike from center field nailed Tom Luckner at home, keeping the score tied through three.

"Our defense was stellar," Kelley said. "The throw by [Wright] was spectacular."

Stamford broke the tie in the top of the fifth on Docimo's sacrifice fly. But in the bottom of the inning, Warde put its first two runners on, prompting Kelly to pull starter Tyler Kane and bring in Serrichio.

Serrichio forced Mike Foley to pop up his sacrifice-bunt attempt to first baseman Matt Sciaretta, who caught the ball, spun and threw, hitting Warde's runner Brendan Miner in the back. The errant-throw's force knocked Miner off the base, and Stamford second baseman Michael Whitehead picked up the ball and tagged Miner for a double play.

Serrichio then induced Luckner to bounce back to him to end the frame.

"I think that fired us up more, instead of getting us down," Miller said. "It gave us more energy."

In the sixth, with one out, Detrik and Ian Duffy each walked, and Nick Nardone roped a single to center that scored Detrik and tied the game, sending Duffy to third.

"The kids responded and came up with a couple big hits there," Caron said.

Miller then socked a line drive at Wright that was deep enough to send Duffy home with the go-ahead run.

"I was just trying to get the bat on the ball," Miller said. "I realized Duffy was on third, and he had a chance to score."

Duffy helped Triunfo's effort in the seventh with a sliding catch on Tyler Curto's sinking-line drive for the first out. With two outs, Dipietro singled and stole second, but Triunfo induced Scianetta to ground out to first to end the game.

Dipietro opened the game with a walk and scored the game's first run on Docimo's one-out RBI single. Docimo went to third after the ball skidded by Duffy but advanced no further.

"We've got to get that guy in," Kelley said. "One run changes the complextion of the game."

Warde evened the score in the bottom of the inning when Detrik's two-out RBI single scored Luckner. Warde scored its first two runs on two-out hits.

"Our kids battle," Caron said. "I have really great character kids who aren't afraid of anything.";

STAMFORD 101 010 0-- 3 5 0

WARDE 101 002 x-- 4 8 3

Records: SHS 3-5, 2-4 FCIAC; FW 4-3, 4-2; Batteries: SHS-- Tyler Kane, Tyler Serrichio (L, 0-1) and Chris Dipietro; FW-- Hunter Hewitt, Justin Triunfo (W, 1-1) and Anthony Miller.