Fermi outlasts Putnam behind strong pitching
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Apr. 26, 2012
The Enrico Fermi Falcons extended their season high win streak to three games with a 4-1 victory over the Putnam Clippers on April 24.
Fermi’s third consecutive win in under a week put the Falcons over .500 for the first time all season, with a 4-3 record.
The Falcons relied heavily on senior captain Chaz Millett, who took the mound after pitching four innings of one-run ball on April 18. Millett pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits, giving up no earned runs and striking out 10 batters.
“Chaz gave us an outstanding performance today,” said Connell Clark, Fermi head coach. “He worked quickly, throwing a lot of strikes and keeping the walks low [he surrendered only three walks]. He made the kids hit the ball.”
Millett would give himself run support to work behind in the bottom of the first inning, helping the Falcons jump out to the early lead. Millett reached base after Putnam committed an error fielding a fly ball in centerfield. Millett advanced to second on a double steal, where Dan Brunetti was thrown out at third. Freshman Greg Kraucunas hit a ground ball to short stop but was safe after the first baseman could not handle the throw; he then attempted to throw out Millett at third. The throw was errant and Millett scored easily for the 1-0 lead.
The Clippers would get the run back in the top of the second inning after an errant throw on an attempted double play. Kraucunas would help Millett out of the inning by starting an inning ending (5-4-3) third to second to first double play. Millett regained his confidence in the third, striking out the side.
Fermi extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Junior second baseman Tim Kertanis walked and was driven in on a triple by junior captain Alex Zachary for the 2-1 Falcon lead.
“We rely on Alex and Chaz to come up with big hits,” Clark said. “Kertanis had a big stolen base that put him in scoring position
Zachary scored on the next at bat, making a head first slide into home to avoid the tag after Brunetti grounded out to the second baseman for the RBI.
”Zachary took a good lead with the infield in and made a nice slide at home,” Clark said.
The Falcons added on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Chris LaTorra doubled to deep left field off the left fielders glove and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a suicide squeeze from sophomore Alex Sagon.
”We helped ourselves today when we were able to produce runs with one out in the inning,” Clark said.
Millett came out in the top of the seventh inning to earn the complete game. He disposed of the first two batters with quick fly balls to center field. After giving up a walk, he struck out the game’s final batter.
“He [Millett] kept us in the game today,” Clark said. “Without him on the mound today, we don’t win the game.”