Carruthers' double lifts Darien baseball to walk-off win over McMahon
Updated 3:20 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2012
DARIEN -- Darien's Tom Carruthers had been itching to return to the baseball diamond after dislocating his pinkie on his non-throwing hand in a loss to New Canaan on April 18.
The Blue Wave lost all four games in Carruthers' absence and finally welcomed back its senior shortstop to the starting lineup this week.
Playing in his first full game since the injury, Carruthers showed just how sorely he was missed, smacking a walk-off double with one out in the seventh inning to catapult Darien to a 3-2 win over Brien McMahon.
"The whole at-bat I'm just thinking, `line drive up the middle, line drive up the middle.' I got a pitch outside over the plate and I went with it," said Carruthers, who roped a 1-1 fastball from right-hander Ricardo Torres to the gap in right-center to easily score Mike Stovall from second base with the winning run.
"He's been itching for this moment to be back and make an impact. We have him up in that spot with the game on the line, he's the guy we want up there," Darien head coach Mike Scott said.
The Blue Wave (5-9, 4-8 FCIAC) mustered just five hits through the first six innings against Torres, but came alive in the seventh with a one-out double by second baseman Mike Stovall. Carl Stowell then followed with a walk to set up Carruther's at-bat.
Torres struck out eight and walked just one over 6 1/3 innings.
"He pitched well enough to win. We just didn't score any runs really for him today," McMahon head coach John Cross said.
The combination of Darien right-handers Mackenzie Glavin and Jonathon Dehlin held the McMahon lineup down for the most part, as the Senators recorded six hits and drew just two walks. The Senators' potent No. 1 through No. 4 hitters went just 2-for-13.
"To keep a kid like Bryan (Daniello) over there limited in his opportunities, that's huge. Luckily the rest of the lineup, we were able to limit their chances as well," Scott said. "When they got their hits, they weren't killers."
Glavin started on the mound and struck out four and walked two over five innings. He allowed all six hits. Dehlin pitched two scoreless innings and got the win.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, McMahon recorded its first run on a solo home run to the opposite field in left by Dennis Warfield. Later in the inning, with two outs, Senators center fielder Zack O'Connor scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.
The loss was the third in the last five games for the suddenly slumping Senators, who are 9-5 (8-4 FCIAC) overall.
"You've got to be ready to play in this league. Anybody can beat anybody. Darien's well coached and they've got talent," Cross said.
Darien had lost five of its last six entering play Wednesday, but jumped out on the scoreboard in the first inning on a pair of two-out doubles by catcher Sam Gillespie and third baseman Alex Yergy to make it 1-0. The Blue Wave tacked on an unearned run in the second on an RBI single by Stovall.
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Records: McMahon 9-5, 8-4; Darien 5-9, 4-8.
Batteries: M--Ricardo Torres (L) and Chris Holomakoff. D--Mackenzie Glavin, Jonathon Dehlin (6, W) and Sam Gillespie.
Doubles: D--Alex Yergy, Mike Stovall, Thomas Carruthers. Home runs: M--Dennis Warfield.