Senior co-captain Andrew Hurn pitched a brilliant game for Darien, allowing only four hits and one run while striking out seven in a complete game victory Monday over rival New Canaan, 2-1.
Alex Farina, who went the distance for the Rams, also pitched a solid game. Farina allowed two earned runs while striking out five Blue Wave batsmen.
Hurn, who did not walk a single batter, worked ahead in the count, mixing his pitches well and keeping the Rams offense off balance. He also received a solid defensive effort from his team despite some early miscues.
After making a fielding error in the first, the Blue Wave battery of Hurn and catcher Sam Gillespie turned a nifty strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play to end an early Ram threat. The Wave defense rose up again in the second, turning a beautiful 5-4-3 double play to end another potential Ram rally.
The game was scoreless throughout the first five innings with both pitchers showing great command. In the top of the sixth, Darien struck first with singles by Ian Sullivan and Thomas Carruthers. Dan Pidgeon grounded to third, scoring Sullivan on a fielder's choice. Then with two outs, Gillespie delivered an RBI single that scored the second run and proved to be the difference in the contest.
New Canaan drummed up a rally in the bottom of the seventh with Cameron Armstrong scoring on a throwing error after hitting a towering triple to right field. The Rams then put back-to-back singles together by Karl and Burger with two outs. But with the tying run at second base, Hurn struck out Ed Reilly looking to earn the hard-fought victory.
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