MILFORD – The Law baseball team had just six hits in its contest against crosstown rival Foran Saturday morning.
The Lawmen made use of every one.
Combining those six hits with nine walks and six Foran errors, Law rallied from a four-run deficit to thump the Lions 14-5 in a Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division contest at Law.
“They opened the door for us a little,” Law coach Greg Simler said of the Foran errors. “We just kept telling our guys to wait for the moment and capitalize. We did a nice job of doing that.”
Trailing 5-1 in the fourth inning, Law sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to take a 9-5 lead. Law (2-1) had only three hits in the inning, but capitalized on two Foran errors, five walks and two wild pitches to take the lead for good.
Tom Marchitto’s single delivered Rob Griswold with the first run of the inning, Evan Carollo scored on a wild pitch, Nick Catandella walked to force in the third run and a wild pitch by Foran pitcher Matt Alicki scored Marchitto to even the game at five.
With runners on second and third, Joe Radecki relieved Alicki and allowed a single to Frank Mucciacciaro to give Law a 6-5 lead. Walks to Kyle Frey and Rob Griswold increased the advantage to 7-5, before a Foran error and a fielder’s choice extended the margin to 9-5.
“We put ourselves in bad situations,” Foran coach Garrett Walker said after his team fell to 1-2. “When you kick the ball around a lot and walk batters, that is a recipe for disaster. You take that one inning away and we are either still playing or we could win the game. In baseball, you have to put the full game together.”
Law put the game away with five runs in the sixth inning, combining two walks, two hits and three Foran errors. Carollo singled in Griswold with the first run, Marchitto walked to force in the second run of the inning and a grounder by Catandella increased the lead to 12-5. Mucciacciaro accounted for the final runs of the game when his single to right plated two more.
“We were fortunate enough to have some extra opportunities and to take advantage of them,” Simler said. “They are a good baseball team. The game looked a little different after the big inning.”
After Law took a 1-0 lead in the first, Foran scored three times in the second and two more in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
In the second, Dylan Bartel reached on an error, Mike Bevino singled and Mike Howell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Anthony Raccio grounded out to score Bartel, and Rob Lynch delivered a two-out, two-run single for a 3-1 lead.
Howell was in the middle of things again in the fourth as he reached on an error to start the frame and was followed one out later when Nick Tuozzola singled. Both scored on Josh Mixie’s two-out single for a 5-1 lead.
“I was very pleased with our offense,” Walker said. “Our swings were aggressive. We had no really easy innings in the game. That is a good coached club and a disciplined club.”
Bevino and Colin Firmender led the Lions with two hits apiece. Mucciacciaro and Carollo both had two hits for Law.
“This is a special rivalry,” Simler said. “It is doubly important as they are cross-town rivals and division rivals. You always throw the records out the window.”
Carollo allowed just eight hits, struck out five and walked one in the win for Law.
“It is good when you get the lead,” Carollo said. “You pitch with confidence. You have the confidence in the guys behind you to make the plays and you just hit your spots.”