Balls and Strikes: McMahon rolls into LL second round

Brien McMahon wasted no time in breaking out the bats in an 11-1 rout of New Milford to open the Class LL state tournament on Tuesday in Norwalk.

The 11th-seeded Senators recorded 11 hits, including six in a five-run first inning in support of ace Bryan Daniello. Center fielder Zack O’Connor gave the Senators the lead for good with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-1.

It was a big hit all around for the Senators, who entered the afternoon with just 17 runs scored in their last six games.

“It’s big considering what we’ve been going through the last week or so, not coming up with any hits,” McMahon head coach John Cross said.

*With the temperature hovering around 90 degrees, Daniello battled dehydration but still got the best of New Milford’s lineup. The senior right-hander allowed just five hits and a run in four innings.

Daniello said he will be available to pitch a few innings out of the bullpen in Wednesday’s second round game at No. 6 South Windsor if needed.

“It was nice having our offense break out today and get me out of the game early,”  said Daniello, who struck out four and walked just one. “That way I can rest up a little bit and hopefully they can use me in relief tomorrow. I’ll be ready to go.”

  *New Milford, the No. 22 seed, ended its season at 12-11. The Green Wave had 14 seniors on this year’s roster, but remarkably only three with prior varsity experience. Head coach John Wrenn is pleased with what his team accomplished this year.

“We definitely accounted for ourselves. I’m really proud of this team,” Wrenn said. “I think they definitely overacheived and had a real good season.”