HAMDEN — Nine days ago the Fairfield Prep baseball team lost to Guilford. Since then, the team has played with a chip on its shoulder.
“We have been hungry ever since, we have been angry since that loss,” Fairfield Prep junior Tim Pearson said. “We have come together as a team and started playing better.”
Six different batters knocked in a run in No. 10 Fairfield Prep’s 9-6 win over No. 7 Hamden on Friday, the fourth straight win for the Jesuits.
“We can hit one through nine,” said Pearson, who had two hits and an RBI. “We play as a team, everyone is just hungry out there, playing aggressive.”
Fairfield Prep had 11 hits, but only two of them were for extra bases.
“We hit our way around (the bases) and we took advantage of situations,” Fairfield Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said.
The team stole bases and moved runners around, stranding just five runners in scoring position.
“It seemed like every single time they had a guy in scoring position they drove him in, and we didn’t,” Hamden coach Chris Borelli said. “We struggled when we had guys in scoring position.”
Trailing by three in the sixth inning Hamden loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to score.
“(The team is) starting to understand that sometimes you only get one shot, and you have to make the most of it,” Borelli said.
He added that despite not being able to knock in runs with runners in scoring position, his team still had a chance.
“Even after all of that, we still put ourselves in a position to win the game,” Borelli said.
The loss snapped a six-game win streak for Hamden to open the season.
Fairfield Prep’s Davis Wallon struck out four batters and allowed just five hits in 52/3 innings.
“Davis needed an outing like that,” Mauritz said. “The team needed him to have an outing like that.”
Fairfield Prep’s Joe D’Elia had two hits and two RBIs.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Fairfield Prep’s Tim Pearson: The leadoff hitter set the table going 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
“This is the best team we have played so far. This is the best team we are going to play on our schedule. I’m glad that we get an opportunity to see them again. What I said to guys was this, if we want to do things in the playoffs, if we want to compete for SCC titles for CIAC titles, these are the type of teams that we are going to have to beat. It’s a really great test for us.”
— Hamden coach Chris Borelli.
FAIRFIELD PREP 9, HAMDEN 6