Mike Riveles was questioning if his first win as head coach of the Westhill baseball group would ever come.
He had despatched congratulatory texts to his pals and fellow first-year coaches Adrian Arango (Greenwich), Steve Buckett (McMahon) and Ryan Mitchell (Norwalk), however was trying ahead to receiving texts reasonably than sending.
His group led within the first recreation of the season towards Warde earlier than the Mustangs rallied for a win.
Monday at dwelling towards Darien, Westhill jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings and appeared in management till Darien tied the sport within the fourth.
The Vikings retook the lead in sixth however within the prime of the seventh, Darien tied it once more, sending the sport to further innings at 6-6.
Darien scored within the prime of the eighth and Riveles noticed his likelihood at win No. 1 slipping away.
Nonetheless, the Vikings rallied for 2 runs with Ryan Ebright delivering the walk-off hit the up the center, giving Westhill a 7-6 victory and giving Riveles a “W” within the books.
“It was such a curler coaster of a recreation between two good younger groups. It felt good early, then we had been tied, then we had been down and I used to be pondering how it could stink to lose this,” Riveles stated. “We manufactured runs within the eighth. Tied it on a sac fly and when Ryan hit that ball up the center I used to be sending (pinch-runner Aidan Hamilton) all the best way.”
After the sport, junior captain Craig Ottaviano gave Riveles the sport ball, commemorating his first victory.
Making the sport and first win much more particular was that his son’s Little League group that Riveles coaches was on the recreation and going wild after the win.
“It was so cool that my Little league group was there with their dad and mom,” Riveles stated. “It actually was a memorable recreation with so many ups and downs and large conditions for each groups. It was additionally superior that it got here towards Darien and (coach) Mike Scott who I simply respect the heck out of. Mike gave me a hug and stated he wished he didn’t need to lose however was joyful for my first win.”
And positive sufficient after the sport, the texts from fellow FCIAC coaches got here pouring in.
Jake Benner got here on in reduction within the fifth inning and closed the sport out, selecting up the win.
Benner additionally had two doubles although video confirmed his second double was truly a house run deep to left subject, however will go down as a double.
For his efforts, Benner was awarded the Vikings’ first “ Savage of the Sport” award.
The award is a statue of former skilled wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage and huge sun shades like Savage used to put on to the ring.
“After seeing the Norwalk children and the way they’d a lot depth the entire recreation, we needed to attempt to give our children one thing to get fired up about,” Riveles stated. “I regarded on-line and located the Macho Man statue and glasses. I’m not even positive all of them know who the Macho Man is however they’re embracing it. Benner, who is a good pupil, quiet child however a fierce competitor, is carrying the glasses round faculty in the present day.”
Riveles stated after every win the participant with the glasses and statue will cross it on to the following “Savage of the Sport.”