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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Law Turns Corner

For a team that won a Southern Connecticut Conference title last year and a state championship the season before, losing three of its first four games was cause for concern for the Law baseball team.

“There was some panic at 1-3 with the schedule we have,” Law coach Dennis Sweeney said. “We were just hoping for a win here and there.”

But that panic turned into a sense of urgency, and the urgency led to wins. Six straight victories before the run ended Friday with a 5-4 eight-inning loss to Shelton.

Sweeney said the turning point came with a 2-1 win against town rival Foran on April 19, the second victory during the winning streak.

Law managed to pull out the win despite going up against Lions ace Brian Ward, one of the top pitchers in the SCC, if not the state. Sweeney called Law pitcher Brett Michael Doran’s outing a “gusty performance.”

“He didn’t have his curveball or his fastball,” Sweeney said of Doran. “He just battled and battled and made pitches when he had to.”

Doran also went 2-for-3 and Buddy Bajerski went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Sweeney has also made a defensive adjustment, which proved to be critical. Chris Peloso moved from shortstop to center field and Josh Rouse shifted from third base to shortstop, improving the middle.

Sophomores Joe Bannon, Matt Ferraiolo and Sean Cameron have established themselves as solid players for the Lawmen, too.

Law outscored its opponents by 44 runs during its winning streak, but the very tough schedule lightened up during that stretch.

Now, it gets tougher again.

“We were better than we were playing,” Sweeney said. “I think we’ve turned the corner. I expect us to play better. It will be interesting to see how it pans out with our schedule.”

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