Frasca's roller coaster game ends in Darien victory
Frasca's RBI in 7th lifts Darien
Published 3:34 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
t was an up-and-down game for Darien's Jake Frasca.
The Blue Wave battled and ultimately defeated Danbury 5-4 in walk-off fashion on Friday, but not without a roller-coaster of momentum changes.
After falling behind to Danbury 3-0, Frasca, a senior third baseman, followed Conor Davey's home run with one of his own to pulled the Blue Wave to within a run.
Then, after the Blue Wave (4-2) took a 4-3 lead into the seventh, Frasca came in to pitch with two men on and two outs, allowing a single to the Hatters' Michael Tucci to break the tie game before getting Matt Greene to ground out to end the Danbury rally.
"All I was thinking was, get the top of the order, get that ground ball get up and get our win," Frasca said after allowing the hit.
He would be able to take matters into his own hands in the bottom half of the inning after hits by James Schofield and George Reed preceded Davey being hit by a pitch to load the bases with just one out.
Frasca took the first pitch he saw and bounced it up the middle, past a drawn-in infield to give his team the victory.
"Just finish it off for the team; everything about it was for the team," Frasca said of his thoughts prior to that last at-bat.
An unsung hero in the victory was relief pitcher Andrew Winsch, who came into the game with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the third and pitched all the way until there were two outs in the seventh without giving up arun.
"It's definitely nerve-wracking," the lefty said. "I came into a similar situation earlier in the year and I just wanted to keep the ball low and do my job."
As Wave coach Mike Scott put it, Winsch was able to "stop the bleeding" and give the Darien hitters a chance to battle back, something they eventually accomplished.
"It's going to be the story of the FCIAC," Scott said of close game. "If we're going to have a good season, we're going to have to win all types of ball games. This is a really gutty effort from our team as a whole."
Danbury (2-4) did some good things in the afternoon, grabbing an early lead and tying the game in the seventh but eventually men left on base were the difference for the Hatters. The visitors stranded 12, including eight in the first three innings.
"Absolutely a back-breaker," Danbury coach Shaun Ratchford said of the runners left on base. "If you go up four or five now the pitchers and players relax but all of a sudden its 3-2 and we start to get a little tight. That's high school baseball, you have to plate those runs early, once you get ahead you have to keep putting runs up, there's never enough."