Four different players crossed home for the New Canaan Babe Ruth travel baseball team Saturday, but their efforts were not enough to swing a 17-4 losing decision to Pomperaug at Mead Park. Rams catcher Jake O'Neill finished 1-for-3 and collected the last RBI single of a three-run fifth inning, his team's best offensive frame of the day. Earlier, Pomperaug starter Jacob Coviello pitched four innings of no-hit ball and tallied nine strikeouts.
The loss went into the books as New Canaan's second in as many games that day, after a morning loss to Norwalk.
"It's a learning season for the kids. We have a lot of young kids," New Canaan coach Jason Bedient said. "Most of the kids we have are 13 or just turning 14. So to play a team with 14 and 15-year-olds is a big learning curve for them. They've come a long way. We've always been competitive. Today was a tough game for us."
Tim Ferm took the hill for the Rams and opened the game by stranding a runner in scoring position, though three came around in the following inning. Pomperaug left fielder Matt Klein knocked in a pair with a two-out single to center and later scored on a balk. Coviello then wrapped up the second frame by inducing a double play and a strikeout, before he punched out the side in each of the next two innings.
Simultaneously, Ferm surrendered four more runs, as Pomperaug swiped seven bases, a common theme over the course of the afternoon He eventually left the bases loaded in the fourth, his second to last inning of work.
"It was all about missing spots," Bedient said. "We weren't hitting our spots today, and that's what happens. They were able to string some hits together because of it, and we tried our best."
Down 9-0 in the home half of the fifth, New Canaan's first five batters reached base against reliever Jared Ramsey, including Dave Ferm, who smacked an RBI single and also scored. After O'Neill brought home the third and final run of the inning, Ramsey sat down the next two batters to shut the door.
Pomperaug answered immediately with four runs in each of the sixth and seventh, while Chris McFarland made his season debut on the mound in the final frames. Over that stretch, Gregory Catalano recorded the final Rams run after reaching on an error.
"All these kids that play also pitch during their spring season. So I can rely on just about everybody. It's about them showing up and putting a full game in," Pomperaug coach Kevin McGettigan said. "They came in and performed well."
New Canaan will return to the diamond next on Wednesday, July 23, against Fairfield at Mead Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.