Sunday, April 22, 2018

St. Paul offense goes off in big baseball win over No. 2 St. Joseph

Julian Thayer had a monster day for St. Paul in its 13-6 win over St. Joseph
on Saturday. Thayer homered twice, doubled, drove in five runs and scored
four more. He was also the winning pitcher. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2018 file)
St. Paul baseball had won five straight games entering their contest on Saturday, but their opponent was one of the toughest they will face all season.
St. Joseph had just lost for the first time all season on Friday, 7-1 at Wilton, but the Cadets were still 7-1 and ranked second in the latest GameTimeCT/New Haven Register Top 10 Baseball Poll.
Well, Julian Thayer and St. Paul went ahead and handed one of the state's best a second straight loss in explosive fashion by a score of 13-6 at St. Paul Catholic High School.
Thayer hit two home runs, drove in five runs and scored four as the Falcon offense erupted against the Cadets. St. Paul held leads of 11-2 and 13-4 in the game.
Ryan Greene smacked a home run and two doubles, drove in four runs and scored one. Josh Cofrancesco was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Thayer was also the winning pitcher. He allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings and struck out five.
Greene got St. Paul going in the first inning with a RBI double. St. Joseph got the first two outs of the second inning, then the roof caved in. Sean Crean walked, then Shaun Remillard and Cofrancesco followed with singles. Nick Morrell drove in two with a single, then Thayer launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for a commanding 6-0 lead.
Cofrancesco started the next outburst in the fourth inning with a walk. Back-to-back doubles by Thayer and Greene brought in two runs, Cofrancesco and Thayer, for a 9-2 lead.
A two-out error in the fifth proved costly for St. Joseph. Thayer got a chance to bat because of the error, and he ripped his second homer of the game for an 11-2 advantage. St. Paul scored its last two runs in the sixth on some wild St. Joseph pitching (five walks, some wild pitches).
It was a dominating win, and a big win to boot, for the Falcons. St. Paul stays home for three games this week. First is Wilby on Monday, then Ansonia visits on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Falcons host Lewis Mills.

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