Baseball: Lawmen lose to Green Knights, 4-1
The Jonathan Law baseball team hit and pitched with Notre Dame of West Haven, but the Lawmen didn’t play as well defensively when the Green Knights won a 4-1 decision at Quigley Stadium on Monday.
Notre Dame improved to 9-8 on the season. Law dropped to 9-9. The Knights opened the season with a 7-0 victory over the Lawmen.
While both teams managed five hits, Notre Dame’s Dylan Reynolds went the distance. The lefty struck out 10 and walked one. His defense played perfect ball behind him.
Law starter Kyle Frey was followed by Joe Prizio, Nate Merchant and Carl Maxwell. Notre Dame drew five troublesome walks. The quartet combined to strikeout four and Law had the SCC game’s only double play. But four infield errors, one from every spot around the horn, gave the Knights all their runs.
“We’ve been hanging our hats on pitching and defense,” Law coach Greg Simler said of Notre Dame scoring a run in the second inning, two in the third and one in the fifth. “Today we needed our offense to pick us up.”
Law tied the game in the top of the third inning.
Jack Lawless hustled out a strikeout/wild pitch to get aboard to stop the frame. Tom Marchitto sacrificed him to second to bring the top of the batting order to the plate.
Frank Mucciacciaro hit his second single of the game, a hard drive up the gap in right-center field, to score Lawless.
Rob Griswold lined an infield hit off of Reynolds to shortstop Zach Ardito, who had no play. Evan Carollo's one-hop single to center loaded the bases. Reynolds left the bases loaded with a pair of strikeouts.
The senior limited Law to Griswold’s two-out walk in the fifth and Marchitto’s two-out single in the seventh the rest of the way.
For Law, Marchitto threw out a pair of base runners.
In the first after Ardito doubled. Marchitto cut him down going to third on a wild pitch.
In the second, with one run in after a walk, an error and M.J. Dziczkowski's booming sacrifice fly to plate the game’s first run, Marchitto threw Tyler Pyne out attempting to steal second.
ND loaded the bases in the third.
Ardito fought off a good pitch by the lefthanded Frey and dropped it into right field for a one-out single.
Reynolds singled and Frank Longley drew a walk.
Frey got Mike Piechota to ground to the hole on the right side, but the ball was misplayed and two runs scored.
Frey then notched a strikeout to leave runners on second and third.
Prizio came in to pitch to start the fourth.
After a leadoff walk, and an infield chopper, Matt Martinello lined out to Griswold at shortstop. He pegged the ball to Carollo at third to double off the runner.
With two out in the fifth, with Evan Fratello robbing Ardito of extra bases with a fine catch by the fence in left field, the Knights rallied with a walk and a single.
Merchant had come onto pitch after the walk. The lefty got an infield grounder that should have ended the inning, but an errant throw allowed a run to score.
Merchant left two runners in scoring position with a foul-ball out to Frey now playing first base.
Maxwell pitched the sixth.
A righty, the sophomore struck out Dziczkowski and got Matt Jambor to fly out to right-center, with Mitchell Smith showing good range to make the catch.
After an infield error, Maxwell retired Michael Torniero on a grounder to Carollo at third.
Law will play host to Amity High Thursday and ends its regular season when Hale-Ray from Moodus visits Monday.
First pitch for both games is 4 p.m.