The Staples High School baseball team parlayed pitching and defense in its run to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship last week. But in a second-round Class LL tournament game Wednesday against Danbury, which Staples had beaten for the league crown, defense betrayed the Wreckers.
Staples committed six errors as the eighth-seeded Hatters won, 6-4, to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. Ninth-seeded Staples finishes the season at 19-6.
Locked in a 2-2 tie entering the fifth, Staples scored two runs to take a 4-2 lead for starter Bryan Terzian. The Hatters (19-6) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Robbie Meerman's two-run single proved to be the damaging hit for Danbury, which managed just three for the game off of Terzian, Tyler Speed and Alex Bauer.
Ryan Burke had two hits and an RBI for Staples, who jumped on top in the first with an RBI single from Brendan Bernstein. Burke, Colin McCarthy and Tyler Jacobs also had RBIs for Staples.
Staples seniors left a lasting mark on the program, having won three league championships.
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