One bad inning doomed the Fairfield Warde baseball team.

The Mustangs gave up five runs in the sixth inning as No. 16 Daniel Hand rallied for an 8-4 win over No. 17 Warde in the Class L state tournament's first round on Tuesday in Madison.

The Tigers defeated another FCIAC foe, No. 33 Darien, 8-1 in Wednesday's second round. Hand will host another FCIAC team, 24th-seeded New Canaan, Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Tayler Carelli had two RBIs as Warde finished its season 12-9. The Mustangs finished above .500 for the second straight season.

"I'm happy with the results of this season," Warde coach Mark Caron said. "To have back-to-back winning seasons in the FCIAC is a challenge and something we haven't done since Fairfield High School split."

Carelli's two-run single in the third helped Warde build a 2-0 advantage. The Tigers tied the score in the fourth.

Mike Foley walked in the fifth, stole second and scored on Dario Pugliano's sacrifice fly. Warde only managed six hits, but came through when it needed to.

"We were productive when we had scoring opportunities," Caron said.

But the Tigers scored all five runs with two outs in the sixth. All five runs were unearned too.

"We played a solid defensive game except one costly error in the sixth," Caron said.

Ten seniors graduate for Warde.

"I'm disappointed for the seniors," Caron said. "I think if we had gotten by Hand we would've been a dangerous team."

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