The Stamford High School baseball team, winner of four in a row, thought it had finally found its momentum for the season. Unfortunately, on Monday evening it ran into an equally hot Wilton team that had won six straight. Warriors starter Paul Merolla held Stamford in check as the Black Knights managed just three hits. Wilton snapped Stamford's winning streak, 4-1.
"We've been hitting the ball well lately, so credit [Merolla] for what he did tonight," Stamford head coach Fred Kelley said. "When you face an ace like that you have to be ready. You can't win a game with just three ...
Fans of pitchers' duels enjoyed a treat at Stamford High School on Wednesday afternoon. Greenwich had its ace Dylan Callahan, while the Black Knights countered with Trevor Kane (4-0, 1 save), who has one of the feel-good stories of the year. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run, but Stamford capitalized on four Greenwich errors to eke out a 3-1 win.
"The best thing a pitcher could ask for in a tight game is for your team to score runs behind you," Kane said. "It was a big game for us. I just did well keeping the top of their order off balance with curveballs."
The calendar said April, and so did the numbing cold as Brien McMahon High School's baseball team edged Stamford High School, 6-4, on Friday at Stamford. The atmosphere, though, seemed like mid-May to Stamford coach Fred Kelley as his team battled back from a 4-0 deficit before falling in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference game.
"I think McMahon is one of the top teams in the league,'' Kelley said. "Their shortstop (Bryan Daniello) is one of the best around. The way we battled — it felt like it was a playoff game."
If you walk around Stamford High School on Sunday mornings in the winter, you can see the seeds planted for the future success of Stamford's Babe Ruth team. Each week, young ballplayers ages 12-17 pitch, run, throw, hit, field and slide – yes, slide – under the guidance of some of the league's best baseball minds.
The league has a long history of success, including five regional championships in the past six years. Last year's 15-year-old team advanced to the World Series in Monticello, Ark. Watching the players undergo their own version of spring training, it's no secret why ...