Broderick invited Warde over to Westhill for the FCIAC baseball championship

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STAMFORD – Everything feels familiar.

There was Warde pitcher Zach Broderick throwing his gloves in the air and standing on a mound with his hands raised to the sky as his teammates surrounded him after playing a full game in the FCIAC championship.

It was almost the same scene played last year at Cubeta Stadium when Broderick played a full game to win the FCIAC title.

This time, No. 1 seed Broderick and Warde celebrated a 4-1 victory over No. 1 seed.

“It’s really good. I can’t say for sure because the retreat is unbelievable, especially at FCIAC, one of the toughest divisions in the country, ”Broderick said.“ It’s family here. All that is done for this program. For the seniors, this was very special for us, especially back to back.

Broderick scored nine batters to take the win, allowing just one run. The only race allowed in two FCIAC championship appearances.


“One of the biggest competitors you’re going to see is through FCIAC baseball,” Warde coach Brett Conner said of Broderick. “Merrimack gets the best players who play at a high level and everyone around him. He and (catcher) Roman (DiGiacomo) have a connection, a bond that can’t be broken, and it’s just so much more fun to watch as a coach. It’s amazing . ”

The two top -ranked teams at the start of the season don’t necessarily meet in a conference championship match, but in 2022, that’s exactly what happened.

It’s no secret all year that Warde and Westhill are both filled with talent.

In the GameTimeCT State Top 10 preseason, Westhill was No. 1, taking the first four votes, and Warde was No. 3, taking the first three votes.

Injuries hit the Vikings, costing them a few wins and they fell out of the top 10, while Warde has consistently remained in the top-five team and sits at No. 3 in the state, taking the first two votes in the most recent poll.

Westhill ace Kyle Kipp pitched despite having blisters on his throwing hand, settling in after Warde scored three runs in the first inning.

“Kyle was probably thinking about his little fingers and might be trying to pace himself,” Westhill coach Mike Riveles said. “He was out and not clear and had some control issues. The first three runs, other than that, it was a 1-1 game. It was a lesson for him. He was a junior and it was a learning experience in a great game. He will learn for next time and he will be better prepared.

Warde earned a spot in the bottom of the first, scoring three races with John Heitzman and Broderick delivering RBI singles.

“The team is absolutely incredible and it’s all my brothers and sisters,” Heitzman said. “We’ve been playing together since we were young and being able to come back and win is special. Kyle Kipp, everyone is respected in this world, he’s one of the best and most wonderful friends. Our goal in the beginning was to make three and we did.

Warde pushes one another in seconds with a fly sacrificed by Broderick.

Warde almost had another in the fifth, but Jake Balogh was thrown out at home trying to stretch the triple to the home run.

Westhill got one back in the top six with a double and a third steal, but Broderick responded with an attack to end the threat with two runners at base.

Westhill has played in FCIAC finals in 2002, 2008 and 2009, but has not won an FCIAC title since 1987.

PLAYER OF GAME

Zach Broderick, Warde. The left man was dominant all night, mixing pitches and trusting his back defense to play.

KUOTABLE

“He can’t be trusted. Just a big competitor. They look out for each other, love each other and this is one of the best groups I have ever been. They were just built differently. I don’t want this to be done with these people. This is a special moment. ” – Warde coach Brett Conner

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Battery: Wa — Zach Broderick (W) and Roman DiGiacomo We — Kyle Kipp (L), Niko Christon (6) and Conner Sullivan