DARIEN -- Darien junior third baseman Jake Frasca has been biding his time on the varsity bench and on the junior varsity this season, preparing himself for the shot at varsity he hoped would come.
Monday against Trinity Catholic, Frasca was told he would be getting the call at third and he certainly made the most of his opportunity.
With his team down by a run in the fifth inning, Frasca drove a 2-0 pitch deep over the fence in left-center field, clearing the bases for a grand slam and giving his team the lead.
Grand slams are memorable enough, but when it is your first varsity hit it becomes even more special.
"It was pretty cool. I just tried to make the most of my opportunity today," Frasca said. "George Reed was unfortunately given the bench today and I was ready to make the most of my opportunity. I don't know how long it's going to last but it felt pretty good."
Frasca's slam opened the door for two huge innings by the Blue Wave on their way to an 18-6 win.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Darien was able to knock out Trinity starter Cam Greig as part of a six-run inning.
Darien (8-1, 6-1 FCIAC) added nine more runs in the sixth to put the game on ice and now sits alone atop the FCIAC standings.
Frasca said he was excited to make his first start but once the game began he settled in quickly.
"I am just kind of excited to make my first varsity start," Frasca said. "I had some at-bats on JV this season and did allright but it was fun to get out there and help the team today. I was just looking for a pitch to zone up. I got 2-0 and got my pitch and put a good swing on it."
Darien starter Andrew Nault picked up the win, going five innings and allowing five runs.
Nault was able to settle down, getting Trinity in order in the fourth and fifth after a allowing the five runs.
"This is baseball, they were finding holes. They had a couple hard hits and other ones just found holes," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "The name of the game is not giving the other team extra outs or bases. It is making them earn their way on and we really did that today."
Trinity (5-5, 4-4 FCIAC) scored twice in the first, twice in the second and one more in the third, taking a 5-3 lead.
Greig threw a lot of pitches getting through four innings, running out of gas in the fifth before being lifted.
Trinity's lack of depth at pitcher was the difference according to coach Tracy Nichols.
"Cam's pitch count had been getting there and sometimes you hope history repeats itself," Nichols said. "Last week against Ludlowe the same thing happened, two run lead, runners on and Connor (Amann) shut them down. Connor has to live at the knees and he couldn't get it there and they took advantage of that. The grand slam just took the wind right out of our sails."
Darien 18, Trinity Catholic 6
TRINITY 221 001 0 -- 6 10 2
DARIEN 210 069 X -- 18 13 1
Records: D 8-1, 6-1 FCIAC; TC -- 5-5, 4-4 FCIAC
Doubles: D -- DiMeglio, Peter Archey; TC -- Greig
Home runs: D - Jake Frasca