Pictured: Xavier coach Nick Cerreta and the Falcons during an April game at Palmer Field.
Notre Dame of West Haven’s offense was lost Saturday because Xavier right-hander Jesse Frazer found his curveball.
Frazer pitched a one-hitter at Quigley Stadium, scattered four walks and struck out six as the Falcons beat the Green Knights 4-0 in a SCC Housatonic Division game.
“His curve worked for him well,” Xavier coach Nick Cerreta said. “It was his out pitch and it kept Notre Dame off balance. And he got ahead of most guys. Jesse was tremendous. He was exactly what we needed.”
Xavier doubled its rebound from a “letdown” 8-6 loss to Lyman Hall on Wednesday in which the team blew a three-run lead late. The Falcons got out front early and beat up Guilford 16-8 on Friday night at Palmer Field, then turned around for their 11 a.m. game Saturday.
Frazer, who threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes, has been this good before. He went the distance in a 5-1 win over West Haven two weeks ago.
Drew Kron and JP Hosney had two hits apiece, Luke Lappe doubled and drive in two runs, and Colin Loria doubled and drove in a run to lead the Falcons’ offense.
Xavier scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the third off Notre Dame ace Trevor Knotwell, who went the distance allowing eight hits and two earned runs.
“He had a good change and curve and was real methodical,” Cerreta said. “He slowed the game down.”
Xavier enters a new week on another quick turnaround with a Monday game at West Haven and then Notre Dame again Wednesday night at Palmer Field (7pm). The Falcons host Branford on Saturday at Palmer Field in their annual Pink Game to support of breast cancer awareness.
Mercy 9, Guilford 1
M 201 123 0–9 10 2
G 000 001 0–1 1 3
WP: Alexa Boone; LP: Ema Signore
Highlights: Boone struck out 17 batters and also had 2 hits as the Tigers improved to 6-3. Ashley DeLuca was 2 for 4 with a double and 5 RBIs and Nicole Saraceno chipped in with 2 hits.
Up next: Mercy visits Sacred Heart Academy on Monday (3:45pm).
Valley Regional 13, East Hampton/Portland 5
EH/P 000 410 0–5 10 5
VR 420 250 X–13 10 3
WP: Anna Benson; LP: Chelsea Woods
Highlights: Abby Amara was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs to lead the Warriors to their second win in 7 games. Benson had 5 strikeouts. Woods struck out 6 for the Bellringers (3-7).