FAIRFIELD — It was the fourth game in six days for Staples and admittedly, coach Jack McFarland didn’t have much left in the pitching cupboard to throw out there against FCIAC rival Warde Friday afternoon.
But as it turns out, he had just enough.
Junior Sam Robin, making his first varsity start, got the Wreckers into the fourth, freshman Alexander Deustch got Staples into the sixth and senior Alex Cheema finished the deal as the Wreckers “won the week” as McFarland put it, with a 10-4 win over the Mustangs at the Warde field.
“This was our fourth game this week and I knew it was going to be a crooked game, we were a little bit tired,” McFarland said. “We left some runners on base, but we were able to get their number one (pitcher) to get his pitch count up a little bit and get into their bullpen until our bats came around and we were able to come up with some big hits with guys on base.”
None bigger than the monster triple that Staples third baseman Chad Knight hit in the seventh off Warde reliver Mark Vinci, a blast to deep left-center that — had there been a fence — would have cleared it by 100 feet. Instead, the three-base hit brought home two runs to give Staples a six-run cushion.
Staples managed just four hits through the opening six innings but took advantage of eight Warde walks and three hit batsmen to score once in the second, three in the third and twice in the fourth to open a 6-1 lead.
Warde was doomed — once again — by its inability to throw strikes in crucial situations. Starter Chris Saladin walked four batters and hit three others, allowing one hit in two innings, throwing 29 balls in his 53-pitching outing.
“It’s not a preparation thing anymore. We’ve been out here enough, we’ve practiced, we’ve prepared, now, it’s in-between the white lines … we have to perform. It’s trusting our stuff, pitchers have to trust their stuff and get the job done for us. We can’t keep putting ourselves in a hole like that, you know? We’re beating ourselves.” — Warde coach Brett Conner
STAPLES 10, WARDE 4
STAPLES 013 200 4 — 10
WARDE 000 103 0 — 4
Records: Staples (4-0, 3-0 FCIAC); Warde (2-3, 1-2 FCIAC)
Batteries: S — Sam Robin (W), Alexander Deustch (4), Alex Cheema (6) and Matt Stone; W — Chris Saladin (L), Phil Hogan (3), Sean Stewart (4), Mark Vinci (7) and Anthony Espinoza, Finn Mobely (2), Espinoza (5)