"When he takes the ball in his hands, everybody in Westport expects him to win the game,'' Staples baseball coach Jack McFarland of pitcher David Speer said after Wednesday's 10-1 win over Brien McMahon. "He's under a lot of pressure."
Speer made it look easy against the Senators. He fired a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts, and fanned 10 of the last 12 batters he faced. He did not allow a hit after the seventh inning. McMahon did not have a baserunner after the third inning.
"David was fired up,'' McFarland said. "It was his first league game and he wanted to pitch well. That's a good team that he beat. Once they get a couple of wins under their belt they'll be find. I would be shocked if they're not in the (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) playoffs."
Staples (4-0), the two-time league champions, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Danny Carbone's homer. The Wreckers added a run in the second and the score was 3-1 entering the sixth, when the Wreckers scored five times to break it open. Carbone and Ryan Burke hit RBI triples in the inning, and Brendan Bernstein and Colin McCarthy delivered RBI singles.
Staples rapped out nine hits, including three by Carbone. Grant Moss had two hits and scored three runs while Speer dominated the McMahon bats. He allowed only an unearned run in the second inning.
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