New Canaan advances to Class L state championship

New Canaan wrote the latest chapter of its Cinderella story on Tuesday at Palmer Field in Waterford in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament. The No. 24 Rams scored an 8-4 victory over No. 21 Sheehan behind stellar pitching from J.R. Anderson, who went six-plus innings.

Anderson does it again: New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman had an idea that he’d be giving the ball to Anderson here and there in 2012, but the sophomore has quickly developed into the staff ace. Admittedly “not overpowering,” Anderson relied on mixing his pitches and allowing his defense to do its job. In six-plus frames, Anderson gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits, four walks and one strikeout.
“I was just thinking ‘throw strikes.’ I’m not a guy who overpowers, so I wanted to let them put it in play and see what my defense could do for me, and it worked out. Luckily, we got out of (the first) with no harm done,” Anderson said. “The regular season didn’t go as we necessarily wanted it to, but we couldn’t ask for a better run right now. This team has come together.”
New Canaan swinging free and easy: After struggling to produce runs for a good portion of the season, the New Canaan bats have emphatically come to life in the state tournament with 49 hits in four games. Although 12 of New Canaan’s 13 hits against Sheehan were singles (the lone exception being a double by Brian Moran), the Rams have plenty of hitters who appear locked in and five had multi-hit days (Moran, Casey Ouellette, Andrew Casali, Dan Rajkowski and Gogo Jones).
New Canaan to play Fitch for state title: No. 3 Fitch scored a 1-0 win over No. 2 RHAM in the nightcap of Tuesday’s semifinal matchups, setting up the championship clash. The game will be played at Palmer Field in Watertown on either Friday or Saturday with a time to be announced.