— Will Aldam (@AldamWill) May 2, 2019
EAST HAVEN — East Haven’s baseball team looks like it is back on track after a 10-1 win over Jonathan Law on Thursday, improving the team’s record to 7-6.
The Yellowjackets were led on the mound by sophomore pitcher Nick Furino.
Furino fired 5.1 innings, recording seven strikeouts and allowing just one earned run on three hits. The lefty wavered with command, surrendering five walks but was able to keep his baserunners from scoring with a good mix of fastballs and curveballs.
“He’s been consistent all year,” said East Haven coach Butch Johnson, “He’s got that nice big, slow curveball that keeps them off-balance and he’s smart out there. He doesn’t panic, he doesn’t get nervous he comes back from 3-0, whatever is working for him he continues to throw”.
After a 5-1 start to the season, East Haven baseball found itself sitting at .500 (6-6) after a tough 2-5 stretch over the next seven games, including a 12-2 loss to Foran on Wednesday.
“We know we have a lot of tough games ahead of us.” Said Johnson, “We’re in the hunt for states, we’re in the hunt for the division lead. So if we can knock off a Notre Dame (West Haven on Monday) and get a (Fairfield) Prep win (Friday), who knows.”
East Haven got on the board early after the first two batters of the game were hit by pitches, Gianni Mumford singled to drive in the first run of the game.
The Yellowjackets kept the runs coming, scoring two more in the second inning, pushing the lead to 3-0. In the fourth inning a leadoff double by Jack Kabel, followed by three straight singles pushed the lead up to 7-0.
Law scored its lone run in the fifth inning on a two-out bases loaded walk to Bryan Reed.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the inning for East Haven to make it a 10-1 ballgame.
Kabel led the Yellow Jackets offensively with two hits including a double and three runs scored. The bottom four in the lineup combined to score seven runs, which is usually a winning formula for any team.