St. Joseph defeats Seymour High

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, St. Joseph High’s Nick Williams hit a three-run home run to deep left field, scoring Ryan Moran and Matt Hirschbeck to give the Cadets a 3-2 lead. Later, they would tack on three more to defeat Seymour High, 6-2, in a non-league battle at French Memorial Park on Saturday.

“We feel like one through nine we have a pretty solid lineup,” St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves said. “We trust everybody in there. I thought (Nick) Williams put a charge into that ball and that really got everybody’s confidence going.”

Jake Amoroso made his varsity debut, tossing five innings of two-run ball for the Cadets.

Amoroso started off letting two runs in before he settled down and allowed just one hit in the next four innings.

“It was his first varsity start, so I’m sure he had some early game jitters but I thought overall he was pretty solid,” Chaves said. “He had a couple too many three-ball counts, which got his pitch count up, but overall he did a good job keeping us in the game.”

The Cadets responded in the top of the second with Moran reaching on an hit-by-pitch and Hirschbeck reaching on an error before Williams hit a towering fly to deep left field for a three-run home run.

After Williams cleared the bases, Brett Olayos hit a single, but was out on Mike Pulaski’s fielder’s choice grounder to second.

Attempting to steal second, Pulaski was caught with Pat Boyle at the plate, before he grounded out to third to end the threat in the frame.

St. Joseph got things going again in the fourth when Hirschbeck led off with a single, then stole second.

Williams hit a deep fly to advance Hirschbeck to third before Olayos drove in Hirschbeck with a single to make it a 4-2 game.

Pulaski followed with a double, putting himself and Olayos in scoring position. Boyle then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Olayos to make it 5-2 after four innings.

Seymour got its best opportunity of the day when it worked three walks.

After Trevor Tema grounded out, Matt Vartelas reached on a walk but was out on Jim Vartelas ground out to second, Jim Vartelas was safe at first.

Jake Walkinshaw and Mike Tuscano then both worked walks to load the bases for Matt Kuzia.

With the bags packed, Kuzia grounded to Matt Batten at shortstop to end the inning, leaving three of their eight men left on base for the game.

“We’re pretty good defensively,” Chaves said. “We know that up the middle our shortstop is probably one of the better guys in the state. We believe that defensively is going to be one of our strong suits all year.”

The Cadets tacked on another run in the sixth when Hirschbeck left off with a walk, but was caught stealing at second base.

Williams got on thanks to a hit-by-pitch to which Olayos followed with a double. Pulaski then scored Williams on a sacrifice fly to give St. Joseph a 6-2 lead entering the seventh.

Ryan Moran took over for Amoroso in the sixth, striking out three and not allowing a hit in two scoreless innings.

St. Joseph improved to 2-1 with a 4-1 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday.

Williams scattered six hits, struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, as he allowed only a third-inning run to the visiting Falcons.