Staples baseball loses 8-7 to Stamford
Updated 2:37 am, Wednesday, May 11, 2011
There is nothing more dangerous than a team that doesn't have to much to play for.
The Stamford Black Knights rolled into the Staples Baseball field Monday afternoon with a 4-8 record in the FCIAC and played as if they had nothing to lose. Staples, a more experienced and talented team, just couldn't finish off a resilient Stamford squad and lost 8-7.
"We could not close them out, " said an exasperated Staples Coach Jack McFarland. "We got a little complacent.
The defense got a little sloppy, and we just couldn't get the win."
Things looked good for Staples early on. Leading 1-0 in the first, Byran Terzian launched a shot to deep right-centerfield with two on. Aided by a strong wind, the ball carried the fence to give the Wreckers a 4-0 lead.
"I thought it was a double in the gap," said Terzian. "I'm just glad it went out. I was just looking for a good pitch to hit, and I got it."
Terzian, who got the start on the mound, couldn't stifle a Stamford team that battled hard each and every time at the plate. In the top of third inning, Terzian served up a three-run shot to Brandon Docimo, which cut the Wreckers lead to 4-3.
The Black Knights tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning. With runners on first and second, Docimo did more damage. He roped a single to centerfield off Terzian to bring in Zack Lyman with the tying run.
"That was huge," said Stamford coach Fred Kelley. "We battled just like that the entire game. Docimo had a great game and that single was big."
Staples scratched out a run to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded, Terzian, on a defensive check-swing, singled to rightfield to bring in Ben Lipper from third base, making it 5-4 Staples.
Terzian and the Wreckers had trouble closing out the Black Knights. With the bases loaded, the Staples pitcher had Jason Lorusso, the ninth hitter in the order, in an 0-2 hole. But he uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Phil D'Amico to score from third, tying the score at 5-5.
Eric Sawyer came in from his position at third base to replace Terzian. He promptly gave up a double to center to Lyman, which brought in two runs. Stamford led 7-5.
But in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mike Scott came up clutch for Staples. With two-out and a man on base, Scott smoked one to left-field off Stamford pitcher John McClafferty. The ball just cleared the fence, tying the game at 7-7.
"We were looking for a big hit there," Scott said. "I just waited back on the fastball and good things came of it. I hit it well and it just went out."
The celebration didn't last long as Stamford pushed across a run in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-7 lead. McClafferty, slammed the door on Staples in the bottom of the inning, going the distance in a gritty effort.
"McClafferty made some great pitches when he had to," said the Black Knights coach. "Jack McFarland runs a great program and has really good players. Today was just our day."
It was a big win for a Stamford team that has been struggling, and a tough but not a crucial loss for Staples.
"We're not going to dwell on this loss at all," said Terzian. "We're a great team and we'll bounce back from this."
With the loss Staples dropped to 12-4, 11-4 in the FCIAC, while Stamford improved to 7-8 overall