Stamford routs New Canaan to clinch
Published 8:35 pm, Friday, May 22, 2015
STAMFORD -- Coming in to the final week of the season the Stamford baseball team knew it would essentially being playing three playoff games, needing to win all three to qualify for the FCIAC tournament.
The Black Knights defeated the two teams leading them in the standings in Greenwich and Trumbull, leaving New Canaan standing between them and a spot in the final eight.
Stamford came out swinging and got a complete game effort from starting pitcher Shawn Urbano, crushing the Rams 9-1 in Stamford Friday.
With the win the Black Knights (12-8, 10-8 FCIAC) will head to the FCIAC playoffs for the first time since 2008 where they will be the No. 8 seed, traveling to No. 1 Darien Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
"It feels great. We have not done it in six years and I think we can make a run," Stamford senior catcher Tyler Serricchio said. "I think we are playing our best baseball. Everyone is coming together as a team, we are collecting hits at the right time and we are getting great pitching performances."
Shawn Urbano followed Billy DeVito's gem from Wednesday with one of his own Friday, going the distance, allowing a first-inning run while scattering five hits and striking out six.
"Once he settled down a little bit the curveball was breaking over nice," Stamford coach Rit Lacomis said. "Once he starts getting confident he is a tough pitcher and tough to battle with on the mound."
With Urbano dealing, the offense came out hot and stayed that way all afternoon, belting out 11 hits including home runs by Serricchio and James Gronberg.
Serricchio drove in two runs, scoring twice while his brother, Mark, drove in three while going 3 for 3 with a run scored.
Stamford led 3-1 after one inning, scoring runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth in building the big lead.
Lacomis said he loves the way his team is coming together heading into the playoffs.
"We had to come in and beat three good teams in our last week and my hat goes off to these guys that they were able to do that," Lacomis said. "I think we are playing very good baseball right now and sometimes that is the most important thing."
New Canaan (15-5, 14-4 FCIAC) will be the No. 3 seed in next week's playoffs, facing No. 6 Trinity Catholic. Coach Mitch Hoffman would have liked to win one more heading in, but knows his team has bigger fish to fry.
"We are physically and mentally very tired because it has been a rough couple of weeks for us," Hoffman said. "If I said we had a goal of being 15-5 and being a top four seed that would be a great goal and we accomplished that goal. Did we want to lay an egg today? Probably not, but in the grand scheme of things it meant nothing. But Stamford came out and did what they had to do and played very well. We didn't hand them a win, they earned it."
Stamford 9, New Canaan 1
NEW CANAAN 100 000 0 -- 1 5 1
STAMFORD 312 120 X -- 9 14 2
Records: S 12-8, 10-8 FCIAC; NC 15-5, 14-4 FCIAC
Highlights: S--Tyler Serricchio HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs; James Gronberg HR; Mark Serrichio 3-3, 3 RBI, run. NC -- Kane Curin RBI; Kyle Levasseur run; Zack Smith 2-3.