James Louis pitched a complete game three-hitter and collected five RBIs at the plate, leading Darien National to a 9-2 victory over Darien American on Thursday, July 3. Darien American finished its season one game shy of the District 1 playoffs. American starter Eamonn Redmond pitched four-plus innings and hit a two-run home run in the top of the first.
Ahead by two runs in the fifth inning, National broke the game open with a three-run Louis homer and an RBI single from Will Kirby.
"I do think that second time around in the order we certainly relaxed," Darien National manager Dave Williams said. "We were waiting out a lot of counts, and the kids in the middle of the order have been big in all three of our wins and they did it again here."
National clean-up hitter Glen Fay finished with a game-high three hits and scored his team's first run in the bottom of the second. Down 2-0 after Redmond's homer, first baseman Mack Sloan knocked Fay in via a fielder's choice to the right side. Three batters later, shortstop Henry Williams crossed the plate on a wild pitch. The tie score then held until the fourth inning, when Sloan and Williams were brought home on a Louis RBI-single.
In the following half-inning, Louis retired the side in order, extending his consecutive out streak to 12. The young hurler credited his success to being able to move on from his first-inning miscue.
"I was getting a little nervous and trying to go high and in because that's where he usually can't hit it," Louis said of allowing the Redmond home run. "I messed it up a little bit and he hit the home run, obviously. But you've just got to let it go and move on to the next pitch."
Redmond opened the home half of the fifth by allowing consecutive hits, before he was lifted for left fielder Frank Drugge. The American reliever proceeded to sit down the next two National hitters, while surrendering one run on a fielder's choice.
Kirby knocked a run-scoring base hit to right before Mac McLaughlin was hit by a pitch. Louis stepped into the box with two runners aboard, and when the ensuing Drugge delivery cleared the centerfield fence, Darien National celebrated a 9-2 lead it would hold for the remainder of the game.
Post-game, American manager Dan Zalinsky expressed his support for Darien National going forward in the District 1 playoffs and considerable gratitude to his players for getting to manage them this postseason.
"It was an honor for me to manage them this year," Zalinsky said. "We wish we would've gotten a little bit further. But it was a pleasure and we just finished a little bit short.
Darien National 9, Darien American 2
DARIEN AMERICAN 200 000 --2 3 2
DARIEN NATIONAL 020 25X --9 10 0
Records: Darien American 1-3; Darien National 3-1. Batteries: A-- Eamonn Redmond (L), Frank Drugge (5) and Devyn Kipphut; N--James Louis (W) and Ben Olson and Mac McLaughlin. Highlights: A-- Eamonn Redmond hit a two-run home run in the first inning. N--James Louis picked up a win on the hill striking out six, as he went 2-3 with a home run and five RBIs. Mack Sloan knocked two runs in and Glen Fay collected three hits.