Scoring in all six innings, while pounding out 13 hits, Brunswick School rolled to a resounding 12-2 win over visiting St. Luke’s School in the FAA Baseball Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Bruins (12-5) advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals, where they will face second-seeded Hamden Hall Country Day School in New Haven. The Bruins and Hornets went 1-1 against each other during the regular season. Ahead 2-0 after two innings, Brunswick added three more runs in the third inning. Jack Mathews delivered a two-run single to right field and Leo Socci knocked in a run with a ground ball.
“Our guys came in with a plan and they were able to execute it and hit the ball hard,” Bruins coach Johnny Montanez said. “The balls they hit hard found the gaps. We capitalized by putting two and three hits together.”
In the fourth inning, Jake Hyde hit an RBI triple. Jake Griffin and Danny Lauter followed by delivering consecutive run-scoring singles, making it 8-0.
After St. Luke’s struck with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, Brunswick responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Luke Fisher hit an RBI single, while Lauter and Marc McGuire each knocked in a run on walks in the inning. The game ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule when Aidan Redahan scored on a fielder’s choice.
Joe Henry struck out nine batters in four innings to earn the win. Josh Feldman got one batter out and Fisher pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out three batters.
“I love the way our team is putting hits together and executing,” Montanez said. “I’m also happy with our pitching. Right now, we are playing our best baseball, which is great to see. We are excited about going to Hamden Hall.”