SCC Baseball: Fairfield Prep 13, ND-West Haven 3 No. 1 with a bullet
FAIRFIELD — One day after being named as the No. 1 team in the state through the GameTime CT baseball poll, Fairfield Prep wasted no time in telling the voters they made the right choice in a 13-3, five-inning mercy rule win over Notre Dame-West Haven Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Diamond.
“With all that’s going on with social media today, the kids obviously know about it, but it’s not something we talk about,” Jesuits coach Rudy Mauritz said. “I think they see other people focusing on it, but they know we’re only as good as what we do the next game.”
The Jesuits (12-1) put up crooked numbers in each of the five innings they scored in, pushing its current win streak to seven. Starter Alexey Linsenmeyer went the distance, allowing just three hits, two coming in fifth when the Green Knights scored twice. Overall, Linsenmeyer was solid, striking out five in perhaps his best outing of the season.
“For sure, today was awesome. We came out and got on them early and we had Alexey, who was dealing on the mound,” Prep first baseman Adam Stone said. “We played really well today.”
Especially Stone, who went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI.
“He hit the ball hard today and put the ball in play and put the ball in play on the ground, which is a good thing,” Mauritz said. “Because that makes people have to make plays.”
“I was looking for fastball, adjusting for curveball,” Stone said. “Everyone is really seeing the ball well and it’s good to see all the guys, top to bottom, hitting like that.”
Prep scored twice in the first, taking advantage of two ND-West Haven errors and added two more in the second, using another Green Knights error. An RBI groundout from Daniel Massaro, an RBI double from Henry Schwoerer and an RBI single from Peter Scopelliti made it 7-1 after three.
“They managed to swing the bats and put the ball in play hard and they definitely battled, and we made a lot of mistakes, which is never an excuse,” ND-West Haven coach Don Martone said. “Any time you give teams an extra out, it’s going to hurt you, any time you walk people, it’s going to hurt you.”
An RBI double from Patrick Browne and a run-scoring single from Austin Valus push the Jesuits lead to 9-1 in the fourth. RBI singles from Michael Torniero and Max Mariano cut the lead to 9-3 in the top of the fifth but Prep used four walks, another error and an RBI single from Stone to score four times and envoke the mercy rule.
“This is really, only the first time all year that we’ve done this, which is good to see,” Mauritz said. “It’s good to get that kind of production. It’s good to see guys get in there and have good at-bats, put the ball in play, try to make the opponent make some plays.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Prep’s Adam Stone. He reached on an error and scored in the first, had a two RBI double in the second, singled and scored in the fourth and had an RBI single and scored in the fifth.
“We don’t really care. Coach stresses that it’s not the ranking that matter, so come playoff time, that will be important. For now, we’re just focusing on ourselves.” — Prep’s Alex Stone on the news that the Jesuits are the new No.1 team in the state baseball poll.
FAIRFIELD PREP 13, NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN 3
ND-WEST HAVEN 001 02 — 3 3 4
FAIRFIELD PREP 223 24 — 13 9 1
Records: FP (12-1); ND-WH (6-8)
Batteries: FP — Alexey Linesmeyer (W) and Peter Scopelliti; ND-WH — Brendan Kirck (L), Joe Mascari (4) and Jason Ostrowski. Highlights: FP — Adam Stone went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Will Lucas scored two runs. Patrick Browne and Henry Schwoerer had RBI doubles. ND-WH — John Milone scored two runs. Max Mariano and Michael Torniero had RBI singles.