STAMFORD—The Stamford baseball team found the perfect cure for its 8-game losing streak.
Beating city-rival Westhill and winning the city championship.
The Black Knights got five innings of shutout ball from Joey Price and scratched out a few runs, beating Westhill 3-0 and winning the Tony Marrucco Memorial Award given annually to the Stamford city champions.
Both teams had previously beaten Trinity Catholic, setting up the city championship game Wednesday at Cubeta Stadium.
Stamford won the city title in 2016 with Westhill winning it last year.
— Scott Ericson (@EricsonSports) May 10, 2018
Price said bringing the city title back to Stamford High was something he has been thinking about for a long time.
“This is so great. I have envisioned this since my freshmen year and coming out and doing it as a senior is awesome,” Price said. “The first-inning nerves kicked in a little but after that I got in a groove and the team made excellent plays in the field behind me.”
Matt Wirz closed the game with two clean innings of relief.
Third baseman Jack Palmer made several fine plays behind Price and twice the righty was able to escape innings by inducing 6-4-3 double plays.
“(Stamford) played very well defensively, their pitcher did a good job and threw a lot of strikes,” Westhill coach DJ Mulvany said. “The double plays were big but we haven’t hit and you have to score more than three runs to win in high school baseball. Offensively we are sluggish and not very aggressive and at the end of the day, that all points back to me. I have to get these guys ready to play.”
Stamford got on the board in the top of the first, though it could have been much worse.
The Black Knights loaded the bases on three-straight walks beginning the game but only pushed one across in the inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Danny Collazo.
Stamford went up 2-0 in the third inning with Nico Kydes doubling down the left-field line and Jay Lockwood driving him in on a single to centerfield.
The Black Knights added a third run in the sixth on a wild pitch, bringing home Jack Palmer from third.
Again, it could have been worse as Westhill’s infield, playing in with the bases loaded, recorded two straight outs on forces at the plate prior to the wild pitch.
— Scott Ericson (@EricsonSports) May 9, 2018
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Joey Price, Stamford. Price allowed just two hits over five innings, pounding the strike zone and letting his defense work behind him.
“(Price) threw very well. This was only his second start after getting injured in the preseason and he has been coming back slowly,” Stamford coach Rit Lacomis said. “We played a clean game today and that’s the biggest thing I am most proud of. We tried to be scrappy and get some runs and it was nice to do that.”
STAMFORD 3, WESTHILL 0
STAMFORD 101 001 0—3 5 0
WESTHILL 000 000 0—0 2 0
Records: S—5-12, 3-10 FCIAC; W—7-9, 5-8 FCIAC
Batteries: S—Joey Price (W), Matt Wirz (6) and Nico Kydes; W—Charles Olsen (L), Chris Candito (7) and Alex Cordone