New Canaan bats stay hot in win over Stamford
Updated 7:33 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
NEW CANAAN — It took a little longer than usual, but the New Canaan hitters did what they have done all season — score runs in bunches.
Down two runs early, the Rams exploded for eight over the fifth and sixth innings to down Stamford 10-2 at Mead Park Wednesday.
“It’s knowing it can come at any inning,” New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said of the Rams’ potent lineup. “You can’t get down on yourself if you’re down in the first or second, you have to focus on all seven innings. We were down for a while, we chipped away and got a nice burst from Kyle (DeMayo) hitting one over the fence.”
Stamford took an early lead on an RBI groundout from Justin Wexler and a double off the bat of Sam Berkun gave Stamford 2-0 advantage
After chipping away to tie the game after four, New Canaan’s Nate Bozzella hit a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to break the stalemate.
“I was just trying to get the job done,” Bozzella said of his at bat. “Trying to get ahead any way possible — single, error. Luckily, it was a double.”
The mindset of not trying to do too much is what has fueled the Rams’ undefeated start (7-0, 5-0 FCIAC) without the services of star Robbie Jones and, Wednesday, Mike Pelli — who was absent due to the death of his grandfather.
“Today we had a little more adversity,” Hoffman said. “Our best player, Mike Pelli wasn’t in the lineup…we got a W for him. The fact of the matter is, these kids are surprising me each and every day. They pull for each other, there’s no egos and they’re doing their job — each and every one of them.”
DeMayo broke the ice for New Canaan with a solo homer in the third and catcher Griffin Arnone helped tie a bow on the win with an RBI double to the right-center field wall in the bottom of the sixth.
As for Stamford (3-5, 1-3), the Black Knights are off to an uneven start despite holding leads in all five of their defeats.
“We’re sitting here as a coaching staff trying to figure out what we have to do,” Black Knights coach Rit Lacomis said. “So far, it’s been a repeated thing; we’ve had a lead in every game through the fourth, and all of a sudden we’re getting a mid-game lull.”
There’s still time for Stamford to turn it around, and with a big week of FCIAC games on the horizon, Lacomis is hoping his team finds a way to put a full game together.
“It starts as early as Saturday,” Lacomis said. “We have McMahon on Saturday, we have a heck of a week coming up with St. Joseph and Darien. We know everybody in the FCIAC is competing, so we have to go out there and compete.”
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Records: Stamford: 3-5, 1-3 FCIAC; New Canaan 7-0, 5-0. Batteries: S—Owen Killian (5, L), Alexander Colon and Nicolas Kydes; NC—Zachary Lopez (5, W), Patrick Metzger (1.1), Matt Burger and Griffin Arnone.