Westhill beats New Canaan in season finale
Published 12:56 pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017
STAMFORD — In what amounted to little more than a tune-up game for Westhill, the Vikings still showed why they are the top seed in the FCIAC Wednesday.
In the regular season finale, Westhill got timely hitting and worked around a couple late jams to defeat New Canaan 5-4 at home.
“We used it to keep building momentum going into the playoffs,” Vikings coach DJ Mulvany said. “We didn’t want to take our foot off the gas at all. They’re a good team, they have a lot to play for too; whoever trots out there in a New Canaan uniform is going to give us their all.”
Michael Lisinichia got Westhill (16-3, 14-2 FCIAC) off to a fast start with a two-run home run in the first inning, celebrating his own Senior Day with a bang.
“It was really big,” Lisinichia said. “…getting this win today on Senior Day was very important for us.”
The Vikings battled back immediately, scoring on a walk, a fielder’s choice and a double steal to take a 5-2 lead after three.
New Canaan plated one in the fifth when Griffin Arnone doubled and scored on an error, and had two runners on in both the sixth and seventh innings, but was unable to capitalize.
“It’s huge to give us confidence that they can get outs in big situations,” Mulvany said. “Our defense will come up for us, or a pitcher has the ability to come up and get a big strikeout. It’s a big confidence boost for us.”
Spencer Williams was stellar for the Rams in relief. The senior lefty entered in the third and shutout Westhill the rest of the way, walking none and striking out four.
“Awesome,” New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said of Williams’ performance. “Spence came in, did his job, checked his ego at the door, he was a perfect example of that. He took the ball, kept them off balance and kept the best hitting team in the FCIAC to a couple hits.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Lisinichia. Westhill’s designated hitter went 1-2 with a two-run home run in the first and scored two runs in the win.
“We had four goals when we stepped in,” Hoffman said. “You want to win every game, once you lose the first one you readjust your goal. You want to get to every postseason tournament, we accomplished that goal.
“Do we want to go in differently than we did? Yes, but we got a ticket to the dance. If you said we would have been 13-7 without Robby Jones for three quarters of the year I would have signed up.”
PLAYING THE WAITING GAME
In order to secure the No. 4 seed and a home game for the FCIAC tournament New Canaan will need Wilton to lose to on Thursday.
The Warriors are finishing a suspended game, one in which they have the bases loaded trailing by one and one out in the top of the seventh at Danbury.
The game is being restarted at that point after Wilton was called for batting out of order in the original matchup earlier in the year. Wilton’s appeal was upheld, creating Thursday’s dramatic finish to the game and the FCIAC regular season.
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Records: New Canaan 13-7, 11-5 FCIAC; Westhill 16-3, 14-2. Batteries: NC—Michael Svagdis (L), Spencer Williams (3) and Griffin Arnone; W—Michael Newman (W), Simon Uka (6), Montana Semmel (7, S) and Joseph Skarad.