The Fairfield Prep baseball team now knows how to beat a good team.
The Jesuits jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and held on to snap a two-game losing streak, beating Notre Dame-West Haven, 5-3, on Monday afternoon at Quigley Stadium.
"They're a very good team," Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said of ND.
Prep improved to 3-3 on the year, and starter Anthony Redimonti improved to 2-0 on the season. Redimonti went 6-plus innings, allowing three runs and scattering seven hits. Junior Miles Turner earned his second save of the season when he induced ND's Matthew Elia to pop out to second base with the bases loaded to end the game.
"I had a good fastball," Redamonti said. "To see our bullpen come in was really impressive."
Prep jumped out in the first inning when Redamonti helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single, scoring CJ Donohue.
"I try to do what I can at the plate," Redamonti said. "I'm glad we scored early."
The Jesuits scored two in the second inning, when Ryan Wright singled home Matt D'Ambrisi to give Prep a 2-0 lead. Michael Smeriglio reached on a fielders' choice, then Donohue singled and Kevin Sinclair singled to score Smeriglio and put Prep up 3-0.
"We got some momentum early," shortstop Alex Heiman said.
"If you get ahead early, it allows you to continue to be aggressive," Mauritz said.
ND scored a run in the fifth, but the Jesuits answered right back in the top of the sixth. With one out, Smeriglio singled and reached second when Donohue grounded out to the pitcher. Sinclair and Redamonti walked, and Heiman doubled down the left field line to score Smeriglio and Sinclair to put Prep up 5-1.
"We were able to respond," Heiman said. "It was big to take the momentum back."
All the while, Redamonti cruised. He struck out nine in six innings, but tired in the bottom of the seventh, allowing the first two to reach.
"He threw first pitch strikes," Mauritz said of Redamonti. "He did a great job."
"To see Mollo come through and get outs is impressive," Redamonti said.
But Turner came in and got the final out to clinch the victory for Prep to end the Green Knights' three-game win streak.
"It feels good to pull it out," Heiman said. "Our relievers did a good job."
The Jesuits will try to start a win streak of their own, when the play Xavier on Wednesday at Alumni Diamond at 3:45 p.m.
"It is something we need to build on," Mauritz said.