NORWALK, Conn. The rain came and so did the offense for both Brien McMahon and Westhill in Wednesdays baseball battle. McMahon sent 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the second, scoring seven times, including a three-run bomb to right by Bryan Daniello .
Westhill answered with four runs in a sloppy top of the third, but McMahon returned to form when the sun came back, hanging on to win 9-6.
After a ground-out to open the bottom of the second, 10 straight Senators reached base before another out was recorded. McMahon collected six hits and four walks in the inning. In addition to Daniellos three-run homer, Zack OConnor added an RBI single and Chris Holomokoff knocked in two with an RBI double.
Westhill stuck with starter Ryan Duggan longer than it probably would have liked thanks to a 19-10 slugfest the day before that wore out the bullpen. But Duggan was not the only one who seemed affected by the rain.
Westhill had two chances to erase the huge deficit, getting the tying run to the plate in the fifth and sixth. Daniello, also starting on the mound, wiggled his way out of both jams.
Daniello struggled as well once the rain began, but finished strong in six innings of work. Only two of Westhills runs were earned, however, as McMahon committed a pair of costly errors. Daniello had a much better day at the plate, reaching base five times and scoring three times.
We swung the bats okay, but our defense wasnt really there, Daniello said. Yeah, we got the win, but as you get deeper into the season you cant have games like these. We have to make the plays because we gave away too many runs today.
The win clinches a state tournament berth for the Senators, who stand at 8-3. McMahon hosts Wilton on Friday at 7 p.m. for an game under the lights.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.