Darien senior George Reed was injured for both football games this past season against arch-rival New Canaan, but knew if he recovered from his knee surgery quickly enough he could be on the field when the two met in baseball with one last chance to defeat the Rams.

Reed got his opportunity, driving in the eventual game-winning run with a single to right field in the third inning as the Blue Wave made the most of seven New Canaan errors, defeating the Rams 6-1 at Mead Park in front of a large crowd.

"It's a little weird the way we did it today getting some help from their defense, but I think we put pressure on them to force them into those mistakes," Reed said. "I missed both (football games). They let me snap in the Turkey Bowl but that's not playing. It is nice to be back out here with their fans yelling at me the whole game."

Darien (15-3, 15-1 FCIAC) now leads second-place Norwalk by one game with the two meeting Friday at City Hall Field while New Canaan (14-4, 13-3) falls two games back with two to play before the league playoffs begin.

Stephen Barston went the distance for Darien, striking out four while scattering five hits and moving to 6-1 on the season.

The secret to success was the same for Barston as it has been all season, pound the zone with strikes and let his defense work behind him.

"He is the kid nobody talks about in this league," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "We hear all the big names but here is a kid who comes out every day and does his job. He is not the flashiest pitcher out there but he hits his spots and lets his defense work and he gets the job done."

New Canaan went up 1-0 in the first on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Abate, scoring Kyle Levasseur.

Darien scored the first of its five unearned runs on a RBI single by Jamie Schofield in the second inning.

In the third, Reed drove home Conor Davey, who had double earlier in the inning.

The Blue Wave scored an unearned run in the fifth on two errors and three more runs in the seventh on two more errors with Anthony DiMeglio delivering a two-RBI single, plating the last two runs.

"You can't make (seven) errors against anybody and expect to win," New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. "It is a shame for David (Giusti) who gave up all those unearned runs and he left it on the field. Three of their five hits were after errors and I don't care who is pitching, you are not going to win."

Giusti went the distance, allowing six hits while striking out nine, but could not survive his defense.

The Blue Wave have a potent lineup Nos. 1 through 9 and they were able to make work Giusti early on, getting to see his entire arsenal of pitches.

"Teams know what we have by now with our lineup," Reed said. "We had Giusti using his full sequence of pitches in the first two innings. He was using fastball, slider, curveball and he was throwing it all to our 1-2-3-4 as well as to our 7-8-9. It is fun that way when you work guys really hard but at the same time the 7 batter is not seeing just fastballs, he is seeing a mix of pitches which are more difficult to hit but we are hitting them."