The Danbury Westerners Are Heating Up In June
Summer is in full swing and so are the Westerners, Danbury's collegiate baseball team. The team has an undefeated start for the first time in at least ten years, winning all four of their opening games in the first week of play. Two of those wins have come in clutch fashion; opening night ended with a walk-off home run, and relief pitcher Brian Rodriguez ("B-Rod", as he is known in the dugout) grabbing two saves for himself.
The team's success has come from a combination of a powerhouse offense and steadfast defense. In their opening games, the Westerners have hit a respectable .293 team average, with 6 home runs, 21 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. Catcher Jay Curtis IV leads the team with a .445 average in eleven at-bats, but Vinny Bailey is the team's current slugger; two of his four hits have left the field which has helped contribute to his 5 RBI total.
The pitching rotation of the Westerners has been a force to be reckoned with too. In 36 innings the team's ERA is 3.75; allowing 17 runs on 24 hits, and striking out 37 batters, Starting pitcher Emmett Sheehan takes the cake as the best starting pitcher this week. He has an ERA of 3.00 in his three innings of work, only allowing one run off of two hits while sitting down seven opposing batters.
The Westerners are going into their second week of play starting on Wednesday, June 12th (the game on the 11th got postponed due to rain) when they take on the Newport Gulls at Cardines Field. They'll be at home later in the week as the Vermont Mountaineers and Gulls will both be playing rematch games at Rodger's Park on Thursday and Saturday. As of now, the biggest challenge to the Westerners is Connecticut's other collegiate team, the Mystic Schooners. Mystic leads the division with five wins and no losses, just a half-game ahead of Danbury who sits at four wins and no losses currently. These two teams will meet for the first time on Sunday in Mystic, and if trends continue, it will be the clash of the Southern Division titans.