Wednesday marked the third time FAA baseball rivals Hamden Hall and Brunswick School faced each other this season.
And of course, plenty was at stake in the team’s third and final meeting.
Making the most of its three hits for the game, second-seeded Hamden Hall scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning in its 2-1 victory over visiting Brunswick School in the FAA Tournament semifinals.
Hornets senior left-hander Ryan Doherty went the distance, striking out eight batters to earn the win. Doherty, who was beaten by the Bruins in his last outing against them on April 30, allowed seven hits in the win.
“He pitched a very strong game,” Brunswick coach Johnny Montanez said of Doherty. “He did a good job of using his curve ball. We’ve faced him for five years, he’s been on their team since he was in eighth grade. You tip your cap to a kid like that.”
The Bruins also received effective pitching. Junior Leo Socci struck out seven batters in six innings. He yielded just three hits for the game.
“It was a great high school baseball game,” Montanez said. “Leo pitched a phenomenal game. He put us in position to win and did everything in his power to keep us close. He pounded the strike zone throughout the game and pitched a gem. We just couldn’t put up enough runs for him.”
Brunswick took a 1-0 lead with its lone run off Doherty in the second inning on a run-scoring single by sophomore Danny Lauter.
Sophomore Aidan Redahan and junior Luke Fisher had two hits apiece for the Bruins, who split their two regular season games against the Hornets.
“It’s been a great year for us, we had great team play the entire season,” Montanez said. “I’m sorry to see it end. This team represented our school so well with the hard work, toughness and teamwork they displayed. I’m really happy with our team and I’m happy to compete against such quality programs and teams.”