Handshakes: Danbury takes FCIAC crown

Nicholas Goetz celebrates with his team after scoring in the third inning.

Nicholas Goetz celebrates with his team after scoring in the third inning.

The Bluefish played a double header prior to the FCIAC baseball championship at Harbor Yard and I sincerely hope the Fish stuck around for the night cap because the final was everything the Atlantic League game was not.

Good pitching, solid defense, timely hitting and effort on both sides.

The game was also played in a little over 1:30, approximately the same amount of time two innings took for Bridgeport and Somerset.

Danbury beat Trumbull for the title 2-1 with pitcher Corey Brosz being named MVP of the FCIAC tournament after a terrific performance in the championship.

  • Gerard Spiegel was just as good but left a pitch up in the seventh inning and Eric Cerno served it to left center field, sending home the eventual winning run.
  • Only one error, no bunts, one stolen base and just four walks combined for the teams for the game.
  • Danbury, as Trumbull did last season, played the “nobody believes in us,” card and I guess they were right.

Preseason I thought based on coaches I spoke with and what I knew of the team from last year, that Danbury would be in the mix for a playoff spot but not one of the top 5 teams I named.

Those teams, by the way, were Trumbull, Greenwich, St. Joseph, New Canaan and Staples.

For the record, with a lot coming back, including Brosz, the Hatters will be in next year’s top 5.

  • The FCIAC said the attendance was 700 for the game, in large part due tot he two student sections.

Danbury had a small but vocal contingent but Trumbull nearly filled an entire section with students, easily most kids I have seen at a baseball game.

  • Good job by the FCIAC and Harbor Yard for making the accommodations necessary to play this game after a double header on a Sunday evening.

Special shout out to the three grounds crew guys still at the stadium when I left. They no doubt had a long day and the field was tip top.

And McMahon Coach John Cross who was at the Ballpark for every out of the final four, working for the FCIAC, chasing foul balls, handing out trophies and whatever else needed to be done to help the event run smoothly. Always a good guy to talk FCIAC baseball with.

Scott Ericson