Baseball: Foran rallies to defeat Black Knights

Bryan Firmender knocked in two runs to tie the score and Colin Firmender’s sacrifice fly gave Foran High the lead when coach Garrett Walker’s Lions scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in their 7-5 non-league baseball victory over Stamford High at Ken Walker Field in Milford on Saturday.

“We had some big hits (in that inning),” Walker said after his team improved to 2-1 on the season. “It was nice to see John (Lickteig) and Bailey (Wheeler) start the rally with hits from the eight and nine spots in the order.”

With the duo on base and one out, Justin Lanese worked the count to 3-0 on a wild pitch that advanced the runners. Stamford intentionally walked Lanese to set up the double play, before Bryan Firmender lined a two-run single to left to tie the game.

Brian Wydra, who pitched the first five innings, came to bat and singled to center to reload the bases. Colin Firmender then poked a sac fly to center to score the go-ahead run. Wydra crossed the plate on a wild relay to third.

T.J. Stuart came on in relief in the top of the seventh. He struck out the first batter before a hit and a walk put two runners aboard. Stuart got off the mound to field a chopper in front of the plate and fired to first for the second out.

With the tying runs on second and third, Stuart put the last out in the book on strikes.

Foran took a 3-1 lead when it scored three runs in the home second.

David Payne had the first of his two hits and later scored on a passed ball.

Lanese drove home two runs with a single.

Stamford tied the game at three in the top of the third, before Wheeler at second base ended the frame by making a fine play toward the bag and going to first to save a run.

Foran left the bases loaded in the third.

In the Black Knights’ fourth, Wheeler’s heads-up play with a runner at third ended in a 4-5-2 put out at home with Firmender throwing to James Mucciaccaro, who made the tag at the plate.

Mucciaccaro cut down runners looking to advance at third in the fifth and second in the sixth.