STAMFORD — The top-half of the lineup and defense were the keys to victory for New Canaan Monday afternoon.

The Rams defeated Trinity Catholic 7-2 at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford, climbing back to .500 in FCIAC play.

“We played good defense today,” New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman said. “(Pitcher, Zach) Lopez is a sophomore and we talked to him about pitching to bats; you have to throw strikes, you’re not going to blow people away and if he does that at a young age when he’s older he’ll be even better.”

The Nos. 1-4 hitters took care of most of the offense for New Canaan (3-4, 2-2). Leadoff hitter Thomas Reynolds scored two runs as did two-hitter Robby Jones. Third-place hitter Matthew Burger scored one and cleanup man Thomas Williams drove in two runs with a single in the fifth to break open the game that had been 2-1 in the Rams favor.

“We just talked about swinging the bats aggressively, we did that,” Hoffman said. “It was nice to see us swinging the bats, putting the ball in play and doing what were supposed to do; we’re trying to do things top to bottom.”

Right fielder Jones was one of the better hitters for the Rams a year ago as a sophomore and has taken another stride early in his junior season.

“Robby is a little bit of a marked man so we like to surround him and let robby do what hes capable of,” Hoffman said. “And he’s capable of a lot —Robby goes as we go, if Thomas Reynolds gets on and creates a hole for him then that helps.”

For Trinity (2-4, 0-3), junior Trey Donaghue pitched six innings and looked good at times, but couldn’t get the big outs that New Canaan’s Lopez and Mike Pelli (three innings pitched) were able to.

“They played a very good defensive ball game today,” Trinity Catholic coach Tracy Nichols said. “Trey was out there pitching on guts and he’s going to battle, that’s what he’s going to do best and it depends where the balls are falling. Some of the balls we hit went right to people and some of the balls they hit didn’t.”

Trinity will have a chance to get over its rough start this week, playing three more games this week, including road tilts with city rivals Westhill (Wednesday) and Stamford (Friday).

“We’re going to try and get better and better every game,” Nichols said. “The kids have great attitudes and they’re willing to learn and I think we’re better now than we were at the beginning of the year and I think we’re going to get that much better as we go along.” @reportedbytheAP


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Records: New Canaan 3-4, 2-2 FCIAC; Trinity Catholic 2-4, 0-3. Batteries: NC—Zach Lopez (4,W), Mike Pelli (3) and Griffin Arnone; TC—Trey Donoghue (6, L), Marco D’Elia (1) and Dominick Svrcek. Highlights: NC—Thomas Reynolds and Robby Jones combined to score four runs and Thomas Williams hit a two-run single in the fifth. TC—Freshman Nico Morse went 2-3 and scored a run in the loss.