No. 3 Warde rallies to knockout No. 11 Glastonbury behind Broderick’s big day

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Fairfield Warde's Zach Broderick

Fairfield Warde's Zach Broderick

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FAIRFIELD — In the top of the third inning, as a Glastonbury runner was stealing second, Warde catcher Roman DiGiacomo had to adjust as the Glastonbury batter’s momentum carried him over the plate, altering DiGiacomo’s throw.

The throw wound up drilling Warde starting pitcher Zach Broderick in the front of his right shoulder and the pain sent him down to the ground motionless for a few moments before teammates and coaches got to him.

It was a scary situation but one Broderick rebounded from, getting out of the inning by getting the next two batters out, the last one on a strikeout.

An inning later, Broderick came to the plate himself, launching a home run to deep left field, cutting Glastonbury’s lead in half.

From there, No. 3 Warde would tie the game in the fourth, take the lead in the fifth and survive a wild final play to beat No. 11 Glastonbury 5-3 in the CIAC Class LL quarterfinals.

“It feels amazing. We got robbed of this opportunity last year by Greenwich and now we are going back to the state semifinals. It’s awesome for this program,” Broderick said. “(The throw into his shoulder) gave me a shock and got me right back to my mentality of throwing strikes. Then hitting the home run — you saw the dugout. The energy just went to a whole other level.”

Warde will face No. 10 Trumbull in the semifinals Tuesday at a neutral site to be determined.

Glastonbury took a 2-0 lead in the second courtesy of some sloppy play by Warde.

The Guardians got an infield it, Warde failed to cover first on a bunt resulting in an error and then the next better grounded to second but the throw to second base hit the runner and went into centerfield, leaving Glastonbury up 2-0.

After Broderick’s home run, Warde tied the sccore on a run-scoring double by Jake Balogh.

Warde took the lead in the fifth, scoring three times.

With the runner from third breaking for home on the pitch and Griffin Polley attempting a squeeze bunt, the pitch sailed over Polley’s head and to the backstop, allowing the run to score.

Glastonbury then tried getting the runner at third but that throw went into left field, allowing another run to score.

Warde went up 5-2 on a RBI double by Jack Andrews.

Broderick left the game with runners on first and third and one out in the seventh after throwing 107 pitches.

Glastonbury got one back on a ground-rule double by Collin Martin and had runners on second and third.

The next batter grounded to third and the third baseman got the out at first, but the runner form third broke for home. Broderick, now playing first base, delivered one more strike, cutting down the runner at the plate and giving Warde the win.


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“Glastonbury was a very well prepared team and this was a dogfight,” Warde coach Brett Conner said. “We had some things happen early in the game and I called that ‘prom mentality’ because we have prom tonight. We had to get out of prom mentality and focus on the task at hand. They kept fighting and kept fighting. Think about this, Broderick gets hit, smoked in the shoulder. He gets up and gets the next two batters out. Then he comes up and hits a home run. We have been talking about competitiveness, but holy moly.”; @EricsonSports


GLASTONBURY020 000 1—3

WARDE000 230 X—5

Batteries: W—Zach Broderick (W), Paddy Galvin (S, 7) and Roman DiGiacomo. G—Elliot Hamilton, Owen Stephens (L, 5) and Kyle Stephens