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Saturday, October 21 Sports

Darien ace Geddes pitches Blue Wave past Norwalk

NORWALK — The FCIAC baseball playoffs started 48 hours early as far as the Darien Blue Wave were concerned.

Facing a win-to-get-in scenario in Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Norwalk, the Wave threw ace Jake Geddes on the hill.

The senior right-hander responded with a brilliant complete-game, four-hit shutout as Darien clinched a league playoff spot with an 8-0 win over the host Bears at the Callahan Athletic Complex.

“He’s our senior. He’s been there,” Darien coach Mike Scott said. “We had to get this one, and the way he came out and competed on the mound and the way we played in the field was phase one and phase two, and our bats just picked up the slack.”

Geddes struck out 10 and walked three in running his record to 5-0. In the third through sixth innings, Geddes retired 10 of 11 hitters.

“I wanted it bad,” Geddes said. “It means a lot to my team, and being a senior, you want to pull out the win. We want to defend our title and we knew we needed to win to get that opportunity.”

Geddes got all the runs he needed in the second inning when Darien scored four runs.

Sean O’Malley and Cord Fox led off with back-to-back singles before Ehlers sacrificed the pair up a base.

Henry Williams then delivered a two-run single to get the scoring started.

Darien added another run in the fourth on Justin Jordan’s RBI single and three more in the seventh, highlighted by O’Malley’s two-run blast to right field and Williams’ RBI single.

Norwalk was limited to four hits in the game, including doubles by Gavin Kee, Eddie McCabe and Frankie Pascarelli, and a single from Tommy Benincaso.

“I don’t want to take anything away from them,” Norwalk coach Pete Tucci said. “They pitched a great game. We still have to score to win and he was mowing us down in the middle innings, but I just don’t think our mind was in it today.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Geddes, who ran his record to 5-0, said his team getting him an early 4-0 lead didn’t make a difference in how he approached the Bears’ potent offensive attack.

“Nothing changed,” he said. “We try to win the inning every inning, but it doesn’t matter if it’s 4-0 or 10-0, you just go out and pitch your game. They’re a good fastball-hitting team and I just tried to set them up with my off-speed stuff.”

THE UNSUNG PLAYER

Williams, the Darien shortstop who was hitting seventh in the lineup, and managed a 3-for-4 day with three RBIs.

Other repeat hitters for the Wave were Peter Marren, O’Malley and Fox.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

“If you’re going to have a stinker, I’m glad it’s today and not on Friday,” said Tucci, whose team had clinched an FCIAC spot with a win over Trumbull on Monday.

The FCIAC quarterfinals start Friday at sites to be determined.

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DARIEN 8, NORWALK 0

DARIEN 040 100 3—8 11 0

NORWALK 000 000 0—0 4 2

Records: Darien 12-8 (10-6 FCIAC), Norwalk 12-8 (10-6 FCIAC); Batteries: D—Jake Geddes and Cord Fox; N—Logan Morrison, Scott Whalen (3), Joey Benincaso (5), Danny Frattaroli (7) and Marco Monteiro; HR: Sean O’Malley.

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