For the second time in three seasons, the Darien baseball team is an FCIAC champion.
The Wave scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning — Arthur Xanthos had the big hit with an RBI single to snap a tie — and Darien defeated the Staples Wreckers, 7-4, in a thrilling league final Thursday night at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford.
The Wave, the No. 4 seed, had beaten Trumbull 1-0, and Ludlowe 2-0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, while Staples had knocked off Greenwich 6-4, and Danbury 3-0 to reach the title game.
The Blue Wave won the FCIAC championship in 2016, but prior to that had not won the league title since 1981.
“It’s pretty incredible. Not having one in 35 years and then getting two in three years. It says a lot about how far this program has come,” Darien head coach Mike Scott told the Darien Times. “I’m so proud of these guys.”