Darien's team had outscored its first three baseball opponents by a cumulative 26-1. The host Mustangs, who entered the game at 2-2, couldn't have expected an easy time against the 3-0 Blue Wave in Fairfield. Thursday morning's school-vacation battle was close, and the Wave didn't make things easy. But Darien somewhat had itself to blame for its first blemish of the spring.
Warde capitalized on four errors, a balk, three hit batsmen and four walks to ride a five-hit effort to a hard-fought 7-5 win. Darien sliced a 6-1 deficit down to 6-4 but couldn't overcome its mistakes and Warde's clutch hits.