STAMFORD — Revenge is sweet no matter what the temperature is.
The King School baseball team made the most of a windy, chilly afternoon Thursday to post a 13-9 non-league, home triumph over Canterbury School.
The victory was important to the core of King seniors who lost to Canterbury in last year’s NEPSAC Tournament semifinals.
“Last year, they beat us in the regular season and in the NEPSAC playoffs to end our season last year,” said King’s Alex Canevari. “It was good to get back at them.”
King showed a flare for the dramatic Thursday as Canterbury (3-1) had a 6-0 lead in the top of the third.
Lefty Maxim Cotier of New Milford was the thorn in King’s side. He crushed a two-run homer in the first and a three-run blast in the second inning.
“Maxim has signed with the University of Virginia,” Canterbury coach Todd Mathewson said. “There were 15 pro scouts watching him at one of the games on our Florida trip.”
Both homers to right field dented King’s Lower School classrooms well beyond the right field wall.
“I’ve been at King four years,” pitcher Jack Meizels said. “I’ve never seen any homer hit the Lower School.”
Meizels, who hurled the final four innings in relief to earn the win for King, struck out Cotier in his final two at-bats.
“My changeup was my best pitch today,” Meizels said. “I threw Cotier nothing but changeups.”
The King offense awoke in the bottom of the third. Sacred Heart University signee Joe Skarad crushed a three-run homer to left for 6-3.
“I wasn’t looking for a homer,” Skarad said. “But it lit a fire on our team.”
King (2-1) sent 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. The Vikings parlayed seven singles, a double, two walks and a sacrifice fly into nine runs and a 12-6 edge.
“It seems like we have one big inning every game. Even the contests we played on our Florida trip,” King coach Ryan Quinn said. “Our whole lineup contributed today. And our core of seniors are the glue in the group and are providing great leadership.”
From there, Meizels — working with a cushion — controlled the Canterbury bats the rest of the way.
Despite a number of graduation losses, King’s first baseball season under coach Quinn can be very productive.
“We’re still figuring things out. I like being back in the FAA (Quinn had a stretch as assistant coach and interim head coach at Rye Country Day),” Quinn said. “Our pitching figured to be our biggest ‘What If?’ but our seniors like Meizels are really stepping up.”
“We came out of our Florida trip with a very solid bond,” Canevari said. “We want to keep the winning tradition of King baseball going.”
KING 13, CANTERBURY 9