Darien outslugs Trumbull
Published 9:08 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
DARIEN -- Just days after the biggest boxing match of this century Darien coach Mike Scott took the opportunity to compare his team's 12-5 home win over Trumbull to a boxer taking a punch in the first round and getting back up.
Not to be outdone the Darien (11-2, 11-0 FCIAC) offense responded with a five spot of its own in the bottom of the opening inning, highlighted by George Reed's two run double down the left field line.
"They came in and threw the first punch but this is a confident group," Scott said. "And just because they put a four spot on us we believe we have the offense to back it up and get back in the game; that was an awesome response, taking the first punch and answering right back."
The difference in the game came in the innings that followed. Darien tacked on another six runs in the third inning behind back-to-back homers from Mike O'Malley and Peter Archey. Meanwhile, Blue Wave pitcher Conor Davey settled down, surrendering just one more run over four total innings.
"He's the crafty lefty type," Scott said of Davey. "He doesn't have the blow-it-by-you type fastball so he needs to be hitting spots, which he wasn't in the first, and then getting guys to fish and that's what he was able to do in the second and on. He settled down perfectly, the guys coming back in the first inning gave him a little confidence and he kept us right where we needed to be."
Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli thought his Eagles (8-5, 7-4) were primed for a big offensive afternoon after the outbreak in the first, but said the quick Darien response took the wind out his team's sails.
"No doubt about it" Pacelli said before adding his own boxing metaphor. "We felt like after the first inning it might end up a slugfest here but it didn't shake out that way for us; we'll tip our hat to them."
Trumbull will move on to face town rival St. Joseph on Friday and despite the loss Pacelli likes the squad he can put on the field every day, and his goal is to just take the season one week at a time.
"We want two out of three every week," Pacelli said. "That's our goal and that will get you in the playoffs."
While remaining undefeated is conference play is a nice bonus for Darien it isn't looking too far ahead, instead focusing on each game individually. On Friday the Wave travel to Greenwich with the opportunity to defeat three tough FCIAC opponents in the span of one week. Monday Darien defeated Stamford 19-7.
"There's a lot of baseball left to be played, we haven't won anything yet," Scott said. "We got to just go out there and play our schedule and stay hungry."
Darien 12, Trumbull 5
TRUMBULL 4 0 0 1 0 0 0--5 7 1
DARIEN 5 0 6 0 1 0 X--12 13 0
Records: Trumbull 8-5. 7-4 FCIAC; Darien 11-2, 11-0. Batteries: T--Chris O'Brien (L,0-2, 2+), Frank Puglia (4), Matt Fasoli and Carlos Garrido; D--Conor Davey (W, 4), Jake Frasca (3) and Anthony DiMeglio. Highlights: Alex Rauso hit a two-run single for Trumbull, Dino DiGirolamo doubled and walked. George Reed hit a two-run double for the Blue Wave, Mike O'Malley and Peter Archey hit homers on consecutive pitches in the third inning.