New Canaan pounds out 24 runs against Trinity
Updated 9:04 pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017
NEW CANAAN—Things can unravel quickly in a baseball game
Trinity Catholic led 2-0 after half an inning and should have gotten out of the bottom of the inning without allowing New Canaan any runs but three costly errors opened the door to a 10-run first inning for the Rams.
It did not end there, as the unbeaten Rams’ bats never let up en route to a 24-2 win over the Crusaders at Conner Field in New Canaan.
“It’s great. Everybody in the lineup can hit and today everybody hit the ball hard and did their jobs,” senior New Canaan second baseman Thomas Diamond said. “It must be contagious because top to bottom, everyone on the team, even the subs, were getting base hits. I think as a team we are just a lot closer than we were last year and that has improved our season with camaraderie and everything.”
Let’s pause and look at some of the staggering numbers from this game.
The Rams (8-0, 6-0 FCIAC) had 19 hits, scoring a run in every inning.
New Canaan sent 17 different players up to bat during the game and all 17 reached base at some point.
15 different players scored runs and 11 different players drove in runs.
The Rams batted around in the first, fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth and sixth inning only one starting player remained in the lineup.
Spencer Williams entered the game in the fourth inning for the Rams, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
And very few of the Rams’ hits on the day were cheap with players top-to-bottom ripping line drives all over the place.
It all made for one happy coach.
“The thing is, Trinity is Trinity and they are always going to be good. Since I was a player they have had college players play there, guys who get drafted play there, so, you can never look past Trinity,” New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. “You never know what is going to happen and you have to take advantage of situations. They came out in the first inning and put up two runs. You don’t know what’s going to happen and then we follow up with 10. That is a good thing and they were all hits.”
Trinity (0-10, 0-6) knows it cannot compete with top teams by giving them extra outs to work with.
“New Canaan swings the bat very, very well,” Trinity coach Tracy Nichols said. “We sent a freshman out there to pitch, who is a very good player, in his first start and he should have been out of that first inning after four batters, and those mistakes made a huge difference. We have done that too many times this year where we make our pitchers throw so many more pitches than they have to.”
NEW CANAAN 24, TRINITY CATHOLIC 2
TRINITY 200 000 0—2 7 4
NEW CANAAN 1013 154 X—24 19 1
Records: New Canaan 8-0, 6-0; Trinity 0-10, 0-6