Speer and Terzian lift Staples to victory
Speer lifted Staples with his craftsmanship on the mound, and Terzian was unstoppable at the plate. Terzian was 3-3 at the plate and had seven total bases.
Their performances helped the Wreckers raise their record to 11-1, 9-1 in the FCIAC. Warde dropped to 8-4, 6-4.
The southpaw hurler was perfect in the first three innings and allowed one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
"I had perfect command of my fastball, and I was able to work it to both sides of the plate, and they hit it at people," Speer said. "My infielders and outfielders made the plays."
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Overall, Speer threw for six innings and has his longest start of the season. He is now 3-0 and pitched four innings in Staples' 4-1 win at New Canaan April 20.
"Warde is really good, and Chris Speer is on schedule," Wreckers coach Jack McFarland said. "He threw 60 pitches against New Canaan and today, we got him up to 85. It was great getting him into the seventh inning."
Speer said, "I worked a lot in the offseason on controlling my fastball. When the season started, I got work in the bullpen and scrimmages and today, it all came together."
Although he is renowned for being the younger brother of David Speer -- the all-time leader in wins in Staples history, the younger Speer showed he's solid in his own right as well. David, who is now pitching for Columbia University, gives his younger brother advice.
"He's supportive of me and helped me gain confidence," Chris Speer said.
"I stayed within myself, and I worked into the count,Terzian said.
Mustang coach Marc Caron tried to contain Terzian, but to no avail.
"Their No. 2 hitter [Terzian] killed us," Caron said. "We didn't do a good job of containing their best hitter."
McFarland said, "Teams are very careful with him [Terzian]. We moved him up in the batting order because he'd see more fastballs at the No. 2 spot. He had a breakout game today."
Warde's Mike DeFilippis pitched better than the statistics would indicate. DeFilippis gave up six run, five earned, on six hits in five innings.
"Our pitcher did a nice job early on," Caron said.
Two of the hits the Mustang righty gave up were perfectly placed in the infield. Walks proved to be costly to DeFilippis (four walks, five strikeouts). He issued a leadoff walk to Nick Kiedaisch in the bottom of the third and after Kiedaisch was out on Sam Ellinwood's fielder's choice ground ball, Terzian hit a two-run home run over the left field fence to give Staples a 2-0 lead.
"I got a pitch I could hit, and I hit it on the right side of the bat, and it went over the fence," Terzian said.
The Wreckers made it 3-0 in the fourth inning because of James Frusciante's speed. Frusciante beat out a leadoff grounder for an infield hit, stole second and third base and scored on Marco Romero's single to left field.
"It was a full count, I was looking for a fastball, and I got a good piece of it," Romero said.
Romero was 2-3 at the plate, but his biggest play came in right field in the top of the fifth inning. Warde had runners on first and second with one out when Anthony Miller hit a line drive that looked like it was going to drop. Romero made a diving catch to rob Miller and keep it a three-run game.
"Warde is a talented team, and I tried to anticipate my position and make the play," Romero said.
Staples had no errors, a vast improvement from Friday where it committed five in an 8-5 win at St. Joseph.
"Friday, we had a big emotional win over St. Joseph, but we didn't play well defensively," McFarland said. "Saturday, we practiced only defense for two hours, and today, we played great defense."
Staples broke it open in the bottom of fifth. Ellinwood led off with a walk and scored on Terzian's double to center field.
"I got a pitch I could hit and went with it," Terzian said. "Luckily, Sam scored on it."
DeFilippis hit Matt Reynolds with one out. Frusciante then reached on a fielder's choice to erase Reynolds with Terzian moving to third.
The pesky Frusciante then helped manufacture a run by stealing second, which enabled Terzian to swipe home. On the throw, Frusciante took third.