HAMDEN – In a sloppy, back and forth April game, Hamden’s baseball team was the most resilient in a 10-7 victory over Danbury on Saturday.
“We got our butts kicked the other day by St. Joes, they came in here and drubbed us,” Hamden coach Chris Borelli said. “So to come back today and show some guts, some resiliency and beat a pretty good Danbury team, it shows a lot of promise for the future and I’m looking forward to working with these guys the rest of the way.”
A two-run home run by Eddy Pena gave Hamden (1-1) the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning and a seventh inning RBI single by Hank Bielen added an insurance run for Hamden.
The Green Dragons trailed just once in a game, a 1-0 deficit which they quickly erased with a four-run third inning. But every time Danbury (0-2) made it close or tied the game, the Green Dragons pulled away again.
“I feel like were going to have a lot of games like that this year,” Borelli said. “We have a lot of new faces in the lineup. We got a lot of new arms, we have a lot of guys with not a whole lot of varsity experience. Early on in the year, we’re going to be working through some growing pains. But we showed a lot of heart today, which is very promising.”
After Hamden took a 4-1 lead in the third, highlighted by a two-RBI base hit by Bielen, Danbury came right back tacking on two runs in the top of the fourth inning.
A double by Justin Solimine, a walk to Ryan Solimine, an RBI double by Andrew Philbin and a sacrifice fly by Devin Trotta got the Hatters right back into the game.
Hamden came right back in the bottom of the inning with a combination of extra base hits and Danbury miscues.
A Tyler Osborne triple, a Mike Ferrett double and an infield single by Mike Aceto allowed Hamden to push across three more runs.
“I think they realized that when opportunities are there, they don’t come around so often so you have to take advantage of the ones that you do get,” Borelli said. “We talk to them all the time about the tough schedule we play, the tough league we play in. If another team is going to give you some opportunities you need to jump on them and take advantage of them because they might not show up again later in the game.”
Danbury made five errors in the game.
“That’s something they’re going to be able to take forward,” Danbury coach Shaun Ratchford said. “The hard part is we had good at bats, we hit the ball hard and on a line. We let the emotion of the game get to us where we had kids with their heads down and in baseball if you get caught thinking about the last play or last pitch, the ball is going to eat you up, the game is going to eat you up and I thought we had a little of that today.”
Again, Danbury came right back. The Hatters loaded the bases to start the inning and Borelli to take out starter Osborne.
A two-run base hit by Antonio Martire and an error by Hamden allowed Danbury to tie the game, for the final time, at 7-7 in the fifth.
Pena’s sixth inning two-run home run put the Dragons up for good.
“It’s just a testament of how much these guys want to win no matter what happens in the game,” Ferrett said of his teammates. “They want to keep on fighting and they’re resilient and it shows a lot that we won this game.”
HAMDEN 10, DANBURY 7
Danbury 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 – 7 11 5
Hamden 0 0 4 3 2 1 – 10 9 3
Batteries: H –Tyler Osborne, Mike Acete (5) and Ron Desroches. D – Justin Solimine, Justin Hope (5) and Josh Lopez.
WP: Mike Aceto, LP: Justin Solimine.
2B: H –Mike Ferrett. D – Justin Solimine, Andrew Philbin. 3B: H – Tyler Osborne. HR: H – Eddy Pena.
Records: Hamden 1-1, Danbury 0-2