The Staples baseball team continues to get production from its entire lineup as the postseason draws nearer. Thanks to the way their offensive is producing runs, the Wreckers are at the summit of the conference looking down at the competition.
Staples extended its lead at the top of the FCIAC to one and a half games with a 9-5 home win over second place Darien on Friday afternoon. The Wreckers (12-3) extended their winning streak to six games.
Ross Poulley broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run that went high over the left field foul pole. The shot, which teammate Justin Gallanty described as "one of the farthest balls I've seen hit here," was quickly curling foul before clearing the field.
"There was a couple feet down the line when I was watching it, knowing it was either fair or foul," Poulley said. "And I'd ether be jogging back or I was going to be happy. Luckily the wind wasn't blowing any bad way today."
Ryder Chasin pitched six and two thirds innings for the Wreckers, allowing five runs and six hits. Chasin struck out the side in the fifth inning and had six total strikeouts. Darien had some good swings against the senior, but many went right into the gloves of the Staples fielders.
"That's baseball," Darien coach Mike Scott said. "Some days those are going to fall, and some days those are going to get caught. We had a couple of good at-bats that found the gloves of the outfielders and that's the game we play."
Staples tacked on four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win. Nate Panzer hit a sac fly, Noah Yokoi walked with the bases loaded and Adam Dulsky hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 9-4.
"It's been really nice to play baseball like this," Poulley said. "No matter where you are in the order, if we need runs, people will produce."
Darien had consecutive hits to open the seventh inning, but Chasin got a pair of outs and Gallanty recorded a strikeout to end the game.
The Wreckers jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind a four-run second inning. Nick Vega, Panzer and Sam Ellinwood each knocked in runs in the frame. Six Wreckers drove in runs Friday and the No. 7-9 hitters went a combined 6-for-8.
"You see a lot of time in high school baseball, a team has good No. 3-5 hitters and an ace and after that it's iffy," Gallanty said. "But right now we have everyone working. It's really tough to beat a team when the bottom of the order is producing like that."
The Blue Wave quickly responded, plating two runs in the third and fourth innings. Darien had the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth and got a sac fly from Brendan Donohue to tie the game at four.
"We battled back, that's our team all year," Scott said. "We've faced a couple deficits this year and we've always battled back with the bats; and we never stop believing that we can get back in the game."
Darien had a chance to pull even in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a pair of walks put runners on first and second with two outs, Michael Maccarone hit a shot that Ellinwood met with a diving catch.