New Canaan tops Danbury on Opening Day
Published 11:45 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2011
DANBURY -- It proved harmless. A little two-out damage in the late innings of an otherwise glowing opening day for New Canaan at chilly, gray Danbury High Wednesday.
In the moment, though, Rams coach Mitch Hoffman was compelled to say it.
Don't let the old New Canaan show up.
"Last year what would happen and in year's past, they think that if somebody else scores, the game's over," Hoffman said. "They've got to understand teams are going to score but you've got to hold them where they are."
If these are the new Rams, Hoffman's got nothing to worry about.
Behind a complete game, three-hit effort from workhorse senior starter Alex Farina, the Rams coasted to a 7-2 victory over the home Hatters, tacking on three runs in a six-hit top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
"The whole team did what we wanted them to do," Hoffman said. "We came out swinging the bats and our battery really led us today. With Alex, you've got to just tip your hat. I think he had three bad hitters and that was it."
Hatters righthander Steve Dickerson couldn't match Farina in that department, serving up a gap-splitting leadoff double to Rams catcher Casey Oullette en route to a two-run opening frame. He departed after 4 1/3 innings, recording his fifth strikeout before handing the ball to hard-throwing Hatters reliever Robbie Meerman.
Farina, who also went 2-for-4 with three RBI from the Rams' cleanup spot, didn't allow a hit until Meerman sent a soaring rip into straightaway centerfield for an RBI triple in the bottom of the third.
Looking every bit the part of the Rams ace, the Clemens-built, Lafayette College-bound Farina struck out five and allowed just six Hatters to reach base in going the distance. Rewarding his teammates for their last inning rally, he slammed the door with a 1-2-3 bottom half.
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"I love this ending," Farina said. "Three runs at the end of the game. Exactly what I wanted to see. A nice little cushion."