In its last five games, the New Canaan Rams’ baseball team more than doubled its offensive output from the first 10 games. That understandably has led to more winning.
New Canaan knocked off Warde, Norwalk and Trinity Catholic during its past five games to improve to 5-10 for the season and remain in the hunt for a state tournament berth with five games remaining.
In order to officially clinch a spot, the Rams would need to win three of their final five games, a run which starts with today’s showdown against rival Darien in Mead Park at 4 p.m.
New Canaan’s recent stretch of success started with a huge inning, as it plated eight runs in the top of the first and then rolled to a 13-5 victory over the Warde Mustangs in Fairfield on April 24.
The Rams sent 12 batters to the plate in the first, getting four hits and four walks with one hit batter.
Frank Ramppen started the first with a leadoff triple — he walked later in the same inning — and the big blow came off the bat of Ben Sarda, who smashed a two-out, bases-loaded triple to make it 8-0.
Ramppen was on base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks while also scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Sarda finished with four RBIs; Dylan Shane was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs; Henry Cannon went 2-for-3 with a walk, one run and three RBIs; and Jack DeFrancesco doubled and scored two runs.
Andrew Jordan started on the mound and pitched four and one-third innings, allowing five runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Ramppen relieved in the fifth and pitched the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
On Monday in Mead Park, the Rams were 6-2 winners over the Norwalk Bears.
The score was tied at 2-2 when New Canaan plated four runs in the bottom of the sifth to take control.
DeFrancesco, Zack Ramppen and Cannon all walked to load the bases with one out, and Clete Wheeler then singled to drive in the go-ahead run.
A single by Jack Lisecky made it 4-2, and Frank Ramppen then drove a two-run single to right field for a four-run lead.
Jack Jordan pitched the first four innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks with one strikeout, while Frank Ramppen got the win by pitching the final three innings and allowing no runs on two hits. He also walked three and struck out three.
At the plate, Lisecky had two hits and one RBI; Frank Ramppen singled and drove in three; Cannon singled and scored twice; and Sarda doubled, walked and scored a run.
New Canaan then had a walk-off win against Trinity Catholic in Mead Park on Tuesday.
Trailing 3-2 entering the home half of the seventh, New Canaan put the first two runners on as AJ Rakoczy reached on an error and Frank Ramppen singled. Sarda then bunted and reached to load the bases.
Trinity pitcher Jordy Vazquez got the next two batters on pop outs, but hit DeFrancesco with a pitch to force in the tying run. Zack Ramppen then laced a single to left to plate Frank Ramppen with the winning run.
Pitcher Andrew Rashad picked up the win after pitching a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Andrew Jorad worked the first six innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks with five K’s.
New Canaan plated five runs in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t come all the way back as it fell to Brien McMahon, 13-11, Wednesday in Norwalk.
DeFrancesco had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double with two runs and one RBI.
Sarda was 4-for-5 with two runs scored one RBI; Frank Ramppen doubled, walked, scored twice and had three RBIs; and Ryan McAleer doubled, walked and drove in four runs.
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