New Canaan outlasts Ludlowe in baseball
Published 2:21 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
FAIRFIELD — On a day when even making a routine play was a rarity rather than the norm, New Canaan center fielder Thomas Reynolds made a spectacular one when the game was on the line and it saved the day for the Rams.
Reynolds threw out the potential winning run for Ludlowe at the plate in the bottom of the seventh — after the Falcons had scored three times to tie the game — and New Canaan pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth to win a 13-12 slugfest over Ludlowe Wednesday at Kiwanis Park.
“Thomas was our MVP today,” Rams coach Mitch Hoffman said. “Not only did he make that throw, he hit the ball hard today. I think he had a couple of hits (Reynolds went 3 for 5 with a key sacrifice bunt in the eighth). He was the guy that just had it for us today.”
Right from the start, it seemed like this was going to be one of those back and forth games. Thanks to three hits and four Ludlowe first-inning errors, New Canaan took a 5-0 before the Falcons even came to the plate. But three hits, a walk, a passed ball, a stolen base and two Rams miscues gave the Falcons three runs in the bottom of the first.
“We gave them a five-run lead right off the bat,” Ludlowe coach Mike Francese said. “We battled back … our starting pitcher (Zach Day), he hung in there as long as he could. But when you keep giving teams more than three outs every inning, it just keeps getting tougher and tougher.”
A second-inning single from New Canaan’s Thomas Williams, a walk and another error (Ludlowe made an eye-popping nine while New Canaan made six) made it 6-3 but an RBI single from Ludlowe’s Matt Landry cut the gap to 6-4. Two singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly gave the Rams an 8-4 lead in the fourth but the Falcons answered with two runs on a single, a fielder’s choice, a walk, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly to make it 8-6.
“The defense has been struggling all year,” Francese said. “Everyone has been getting an opportunity but it’s becoming like a disease out there. If one guy makes an error, another guy makes an error. It just keeps happening to us over and over. And if you give teams in this league more than three outs in an inning, you’re going to get beat.”
NEW CANAAN 510 213 01—13 10 6
LUDLOWE 310 023 30—12 15 9
Records: New Canaan (5-6, 4-4 FCIAC); Ludlowe (3-8, 3-4 FCIAC). Batteries: NC—Zach Lopez, Mike Svagdis (4), Mike Pelli (5), Troy Dunnam (6, W) and Griffen Arnone; L—Zach Day, Brendan Casey (4), Matt Grabowski (5), Chris Huzil (7, L) and CJ Hanranhan.