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New Canaan/Darien breaks out bats for critical victory

Updated 1:56 pm, Thursday, July 14, 2011

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  • Darien/New Canaan's Alex Freeman makes a hit during the Senior Legion Baseball game against Ridgefield at Ciuccoli Field in Ridgefield on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Photo: Amy Mortensen
    Darien/New Canaan's Alex Freeman makes a hit during the Senior Legion Baseball game against Ridgefield at Ciuccoli Field in Ridgefield on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Photo: Amy Mortensen

 

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RIDGEFIELD -- There's a saying in baseball that "hitting is contagious" and the old adage was on full display during Wednesday's clash between the New Canaan/Darien and Ridgefield senior legion teams. New Canaan/Darien unleashed a 20-hit assault en route to a convincing 17-7 win at Ciuccoli Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Every member of New Canaan/Darien's starting lineup contributed at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored on the day.

New Canaan/Darien scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on the strength of a two-out, two-run single by Jeff Spindell which scored Alex Freeman who had walked and Justin Pryor who had singled.

"We're hot right now. We won a big game by a big score in the last game," Will Preziosi said. "We're seeing the ball really well."

The bottom of the first inning offered no indication as to how they day would play out for Ridgefield, as the team managed to score five runs in the inning to take a 5-2 lead against New Canaan/Darien starting pitcher Andrew Hurn.

After pitching a scoreless second inning, Hurn gave way to relief pitcher Peter Meadows who took care of the final five frames to claim the win. Hurn gave up five runs on five hits without a walk or strikeout; Meadows allowed two runs on one hit, a pair of walks, a hit batter and two strikeouts in his five innings of work. Meadows also retired the final 11 batters he faced.

"He's been awesome all year. He came in and just threw strikes," New Canaan/Darien coach John Miceli said. "Not to take anything away from him, but when you get a lead like that you've got to come in and throw strikes. All year he's been very consistent for us."

The story of the day, however, was New Canaan/Darien's ability to swing the bats as six players (Freeman, Pryor, Preziosi, Spindell, Tommy Farren and Mike Stovall) registered multi-hit games.

New Canaan/Darien scored a run on an RBI single by Freeman in the top of the second inning to cut Ridgefield's lead to 5-3 before breaking the game open in the third and fourth frames.

In the third, New Canaan/Darien scored seven runs by sending 12 batters to the dish to make the score 10-5. The inning was highlighted by Hurn's RBI double and Farren's RBI triple.

Ridgefield starting pitcher Dan Zarnick was unable to record an out in the third and was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs in two plus innings of work. He was relieved by Devin Martin, who allowed nine runs over his three innings of work before giving way to Jason Marra, who pitched two scoreless innings.

New Canaan/Darien appeared to pick up right where they had left off in its last win against Wilton, a 17-4 win on Monday.

"Once we start getting going everybody piles on. We're working good at bats, getting walks and just getting the job done, even down at the bottom of the order," said Preziosi, who finished a home run shy of the cycle.

According to Miceli, New Canaan/Darien needs to win all of its final three games in order to make it to the postseason. Players and coach alike seem to believe that the team is up to the task.

"We've got three games left, and we've got to win three, so we'll see," Miceli said. "We're not holding anything back here."

"Before these last couple games we haven't been hitting very well," Pryor said. "Starting with Wilton, we broke open so we've got our hitting together. I think we're hitting well when we need to and we have the pitching to get there."