FAIRFIELD — The first pitch Fairfield Prep’s baseball team saw Thursday, Adam Stone hit sharply back through the box.
The second, Joe Mancini drove down the left-field line.
The Jesuits stayed aggressive, got timely hits and took advantage of their opportunities, and won their 13th in a row, beating Shelton 10-2 at home at Alumni Diamond.
“We were just swinging early in counts,” said center fielder Pat Browne, who had two hits and three RBIs, scoring a couple of runs as well.
“We were getting the fastball and hitting it hard on the ground and line drives, staying away from the air.”
The Jesuits, a unanimous No. 1 in the GameTimeCT poll, are 18-1 overall and completed an eight-game sweep of their SCC Oronoque Division schedule.
They scored two in the bottom of the first and three in the second.
“Scoring early helps,” Fairfield Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said. “We’ve got guys like Adam Stone leading off with a base hit, Joey Mancini’s opposite-field double down the left-field line, setting things up well, Lucas, Browney putting the ball in play.”
Will Lucas drove in Stone with a single that forced Shelton shortstop Will Ciccone into the hole. Brown’s ground ball got Mancini home from third.
Two-out doubles by Lucas and Browne in the second made it 5-0 after Matt Massaro and Stone set the table with one-out singles.
“I think that was the ballgame right there,” Mauritz said.
The loss left Shelton (10-9 overall, 4-4 in the division and 8-7 for league playoff purposes) amid a pack of teams jockeying for the last wild-card spot in the SCC Tournament. The Gaels finish their regular season Friday night at Xavier.
“I’ve got nothing,” Shelton coach Scott Gura said. “We just came out flat.”
Alexey Linsenmeyer gave up two hits over four innings to get the win for the Jesuits. His curve got sharper as the afternoon went on, getting him a couple of strikeouts to end his outing.
Grant Purpura pitched the last three.
The Jesuits put it away with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, helped by an error and a couple of wild pitches. Browne’s hit-and-run single with two on brought in the first run. Dan Fallacaro blasted a double to left to bring in two more.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Adam Stone had three hits and scored three runs from the leadoff spot.
TOURNEY TIME (ALMOST)
This week’s weather has helped compress the SCC Tournament to three games in three days, assuming no further issues, running Tuesday through Thursday.
Fairfield Prep, unbeaten in the SCC, will be the top seed. The Jesuits are set to finish their regular season Friday at Hamden.
“It was a good effort. (The Gaels) are always a tough, gritty team. We always know we’ve got to fight it out with these guys.” —Fairfield Prep coach Rudy Mauritz
FAIRFIELD PREP 10, SHELTON 2
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FAIRFIELD PREP230 401 X—10 11 0
Records: Shelton 10-9, 4-4 SCC Oronoque; Fairfield Prep 18-1, 8-0. Batteries: S—Justin Barbato (L, 1-4), Justin Hafele (2), Mike Kennedy (4) and T.J. O’Sullivan; FP—Alexey Linsenmeyer (W, 3-1), Grant Purpura (5) and Peter Scopelliti.