STAMFORD — The Hopkins School baseball team had no interest in getting fooled twice by King School.
When Hopkins and King met to open the season back on April 2, Hopkins took a 6-0 edge after five innings. However, King rallied against the Hopkins’ bullpen for an 8-6 triumph.
As fate would have it, that was the only loss for Hopkins this season.
Well, in the FAA rematch Monday, Hopkins made sure all facets of the game were humming as it defeated King, 11-3.
“Yes, we were motivated since King beat us in our first meeting,” Hopkins catcher Brandon Smith said. “We didn’t play Hopkins baseball that day.”
Well, Hopkins (9-1) created no drama for itself in Monday’s chilly conditions.
Hopkins scored twice in the first and second innings. Then tallied three times in the third and fourth innings for an imposing 10-1 edge.
Jack Dove, Jack Potash and Smith all homered to highlight a 17-hit attack.
Fittingly, senior righthander Chris Borter made his second start of the year against King. Back on April 2, he struck out 10 over five innings before departing for pitch count considerations.
“I didn’t allow any hits in my first start against King,” Borter said. “So I just repeated what I did this time around. I attacked the zone. I just tried to be more efficient with my pitch count.”
Borter succeeded as he surrendered five hits while striking out 11 King hitters over six innings of work. Rob Jacques hurled a scoreless seventh inning.
“Our offense once again gave me a nice lead. I trusted our defense to make plays,” Borter said. “My fastball and my curve were working well.”
“We rely on Chris (Borter),” catcher Smith said. “We have the utmost confidence when he takes the mound.”
KING KEEPS FIGHTING
King and new coach Ryan Quinn have experienced plenty during this 5-5 overall, 4-5 FAA campaign.
The Vikings have been hurt up the middle as shortstop Ethan Anderson and senior centerfielder/pitcher Brandon Chow have missed most of the season with arm injuries.
King has a young roster with just six seniors.
Dylan McMorrow took the loss Monday. However, lefty reliever Peter Marsh allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings.
Senior Joe Skarad’s two-run homer in the fifth forced Hopkins to play all seven innings for the victory.
“We hit well in our first meeting with Hopkins after Borter left. Our overall execution was tough today,” Quinn said. “We’re still shuffling guys around due to our injuries and trying to figure things out. We believe we will qualify for the (six-team) FAA baseball playoffs. We could get a third contest against Hopkins.”
HOPKINS 11, KING 3
HOPKINS 223 310 0—11 17 1
KING 001 020 0—3 6 2
Records: Hopkins 9-1; King 5-5, 4-5 FAA.
Batteries: H—Chris Borter (W, 11Ks), Rob Jacques (7) and Brandon Smith. K—Dylan McMorrow (L), Hiro Wyatt (3), Peter Marsh (4) and Alex Canevari. Highlights: H—Jack Dove, Jack Potash, Brandon Smith all homered. K—Joe Skarad homered.