DARIEN -- After Darien third baseman Jake Frasca committed an error allowing two runs to score as Westhill rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, he knew his chance for redemption would come quickly as he was due up third in the top of the seventh.

Frasca made the most of his opportunity, sending the first pitch he saw deep over the left-field fence and giving the Blue Wave a 5-4 win over Westhill in the FCIAC opener for both schools.

"I threw that ball away and I couldn't get that off my mind and I knew I needed to do something special with that at bat," Frasca said. "It was more of a team win, though. Our pitching was stellar and we had a lot of kids step up."

Westhill, which was playing as the home team because it's field was too wet to play on, sending the game to to Darien's artificial turf and giving the Vikings the benefit of having the last at bat.

The Vikings got the first two men on base in the bottom of the inning, but the lead runner was picked off second base with no outs. Westhill got another runner on after the pickoff, but Darien reliever Andrew Winsch was able to induce a groundout from Dave Lature for the final out.

Winsch picked up the win, pitching an inning and two thirds in relief of Anthony DiMeglio who was making his first varsity start.

And what a start it was as DiMeglio, who is normally the starting catcher, was perfect through five innings before Joey DePreta got Westhill's first hit in the sixth.

DiMeglio was pounding the strike zone all afternoon, relying mostly on his fastball with the occasional change of speed pitch thrown in.

"We have known he is a good pitcher for a few years, but he has been too valuable for us behind the plate," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "Anthony is big weapon for us and we are counting on him this season. Our motto is not to back down from anybody and to go after the hitters and try to hit your spots."

The Vikings were finally able to break through when DePreta and his brother Dean DePreta each went the other way, hitting the ball to right field to begin the Viking's sixth inning rally where they scored four times to tie the game.

"We tried making the adjustment earlier because it looked like he was trying to live away," Westhill coach DJ Mulvany said. "We were late early in the game, but we made some adjustments and both DePretas were able to get hits on the right side and we were 90 feet away from taking the lead."

In the bottom of the sixth following the two DePreta hits, Lature walked loading the bases and Dan Rotkewicz brought home the first run on a sacrifice fly to left field, making it 4-1.

Two more runs came home on Frasca's throw and the tying run crossed the plate after a balk was called with a runner on third.

Darien got on the board in the fourth on a RBI groundout by DiMeglio, tacking on another in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Rich Brereton and two more in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and a fielder's choice.

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Darien 5, Westhill 4

DARIEN 000 112 1--5 9 1

WESTHILL 000 004 0--4 4 0

Records: D 1-1, 1-0 FCIAC; W 0-1, 0-1 FCIAC

Batteries: D -- Anthony DiMeglio, Andrew Winsch (6, W, 1-0) and TJ Adiletta and DiMeglio. W -- Luke Dawson, Dan Rotkewicz (L, 0-1) and Joey DePreta

Highlights: D -- Jake Frasca GW HR in top of 7th; DiMeglio perfect through five innings. W -- Joey DePreta 1-2 with a walk and a run scored