New Canaan unable to come back from early deficit
Published 7:45 pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
WILTON -- As a defenseman on the hockey team, Thomas Krieger could shut down opponents by using his sheer size and strength. But when he took the mound in Wilton on Wednesday afternoon, the senior pitcher didn't have what he needed the most, and that was his control. The 6'5", 225lb Krieger walked five hitters, hit a batter, and uncorked two wild pitches in an 8-2 loss to the Warriors.
"I didn't have my stuff. My mechanics were off and I just let the guys down," Krieger said. "Some days are your day, and today wasn't my day.
Krieger's day began with a shaky first inning. He walked two hitters and unleashed a wild pitch. He yielded a sacrifice fly to Evan Roux that gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead. In the second, Krieger gave up a hard single to right-field to Mike DeSantis which plated Mike Diplato to give Wilton a 2-0 advantage.
Ryan Phillips followed by ripping a double to left that plated two more runs, giving Wilton a 4-0 lead. That was it for Krieger who departed after just one and a third innings of work.
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"He just didn't throw strikes. And when you don't throw strikes, you get less strikes from the umpire," Rams coach Mitch Hoffman said. "We're going to need Tommy. He has to be a senior captain and shake this or we're in trouble."
Peter Meadows relieved Krieger and promptly gave up a double to Zack Eilenthal and a long triple to right-center field to DiPlato that increased Wilton's lead to 8-0.
The Rams rallied for two runs in the top of the third, getting the runs after two were out off Warriors starter Paul Merola. After a walk to Andrew Casali and a single by Cameron Armstrong that put runners on first and third, Alex Farina came up big, ripping a two-out, two-run double that cut Wilton's lead to 8-2.
"I was ahead in the count, 2-0, so I just zoned up," Farina said. "I got a good pitch and I just drove it and it scored two runs.
That was as close as the Rams would get as Merola went the distance to hand New Canaan just its second loss of the season.
"A loss is a loss, but we're a pretty good team," Hoffman said. "We have a tough stretch ahead; we have to clip a couple and keep our heads above water, but we'll bounce back."