BRIDGEPORT — Darien catcher Sean O’Malley watched the two batters ahead of him get intentionally walked, loading the bases with the game tied in the bottom of the eighth of the FCIAC championship game, and felt like he had something to prove.

Prove it he certainly did, driving the first pitch he saw over the left fielder’s head, bringing in Matthew Drake from third and setting off a wild celebration on the field at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard as Darien scored twice in the bottom of the eighth defeating Trumbull 3-2.

“It’s awesome,” O’Malley said. “I haven’t had any solid contact all game but I know the hitter I am and it was just disrespectful to me. Rich (Brereton) pitched a hell of a game and we just finished it for him. This is the best feeling ever.”

It is the first FCIAC baseball championship for Darien since 1981, capping a season where it was also regular season champions.

Darien coach Mike Scott played in the FCIAC championship for Darien in the late 1990s, and said bringing the title back home could not be sweeter.

“They never lose their fight. What a way to win a championship. What a baseball game.” Scott said. “I am a hometown guy born and raised in Darien. I had my shot when I was a senior in high school, and we didn’t get it done, and I am happy to be a part of this but this is all these guys.”

Game MVP Rich Brereton pitched all eight innings, allowing an unearned run in the top of the eighth that looked like it would send Trumbull to a title.

In the top of the eighth, Andrew Lojko led off with a single, stealing second and going to third on an errant throw.

With Lojko on third, Kris DiCocco singled through the drawn-in infield giving Trumbull a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Darien got things going with a single by Mark Schmidt, who came home with the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Schofield with one out.

The next two batters were walked intentionally, setting the stage for O’Malley.

Trumbull starting pitcher Joe Nemchek was Brereton’s equal all night, pitching seven innings and allowing just one run in the first before locking down the Wave the rest of the way before giving way to a reliever starting the eighth.

Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said he was proud of Nemchek, but this loss stings more than the other two losses Trumbull has had in the finals in three of the last four years.

“He gave us everything he had and left it all on the field,” Pacelli said. “We have been here four of the last five years, which we are very proud of, but only coming away with one stinks.”

Darien got on the board first with Casey Brown driving in Rich Brereton with a double over the centerfielder’s head.

Trumbull answered with a run in the third when Kris DiCocco drove in Dustin Siqueira with a single laced down the third base line past a diving third baseman.

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Darien 3 Trumbull 2

TRUMBULL 001 000 01 - 2 6 1

DARIEN 100 000 0 2 - 3 7 0

Records: D 20-3; T 15-8

Batteries: D - Rich Brereton (W) and Sean O’Malley. T - Joe Nemchek, Dan Keckler (8, L), Andrew Lojko (8) and Kris DiCocco