FAIRFIELD >> Faced with the grueling task of four games in five days, the Staples High baseball made sure to start the week on a positive note.
Monday afternoon at Kiwanis Field, the Wreckers pounded out 14 hits en route to a dominating 12-0 win over Fairfield Ludlowe.
“This was our first league game, so this was a very important game for us,” Staples head coach Jack McFarland said. “We’re 1-0 in the league and that was what we’re happy about.”
The Wreckers’ offense was on full display, as junior Noah Yokoi smashed a 3-run home run in the top of the first to give his team the early cushion.
“That kind of set the tone for the day,” McFarland said.
With the lead, senior Ian Burns turned in a solid performance from the mound, going five innings, throwing six strikeouts and keeping the Falcons on their toes all afternoon with a fastball and slider.
“When you have a lineup like we have, put up runs in the first inning, and just keep tacking on, it’s makes it easy for me,” Burns said.
Staples added to its lead throughout the afternoon, including a three-run fourth and fifth inning to go up 10-0.
Sophomore Ben Casparius finished the day going 4-for-4, including five RBIs and a 2-run home run in the sixth to put the Wreckers up 12-0. Yokoi added four RBIs and teammate Marco Latella finished with three hits.
“I felt pretty good,” Casparius said with a smile of his performance at the plate.
But it wasn’t just an offensive slugfest for Staples, as they made the timely plays in the field too.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and Ludlowe threatening to score, Staples’ Zach Azadian made a diving stop and throw to first to collect the third out.
“Zach doesn’t make that play…it’s a totally different game,” McFarland said.
Right fielder Sean Clarke also came up big defensively for Staples, making multiple throws from the outfield to stop the Falcons from advancing.
For Ludlowe, which finished with seven hits, the Falcons struggled to find consistency from the mound throwing strikes.
“Whenever you’re down and facing a team that can hit like Staples, it’s going to be tough,” Ludlowe head coach Mike Francese said. “Today we weren’t able to put up the fight and put any runs up.”
Ludlowe’s Connor Daley and Tom Ryan each finished with two hits.
Staples will face Masuk Tuesday, Stamford Wednesday and then St. Joseph on Friday.
Ludlowe (0-3) will go on the road Wednesday to face Greenwich and then play rival Warde on Friday evening at Harbor Yard.