Danbury Brandon Backman pitches as Darien head coach Mike Scott looks on in an FCIAC baseball game at Danbury High School on Monday, April 18, 2016. — Joshua Fisher photo

On demand: Darien at Danbury baseball

Two of the top teams early in the 2016 FCIAC baseball season — Darien and Danbury — meet on the warmest day yet this spring. Watch for free on HAN

The undefeated Darien Blue Wave visit the Hat City to face Danbury in a matchup of two of the top FCIAC baseball teams early in the 2016 season. You can watch the game live (or later on-demand) in the player below:

Here are the starting lineups as provided by both head coaches before the game:

Darien (6-0, 3-0)
Jamie Schofield, 3B
Rich Brereton, SS
Casey Brown, 1B
Sean O’Malley, DH
Cord Fox, C
Chris Drake, 2B
Tyler Grant, LF
Danny O’Boyle, RF
Justin Jordan, CF

Jake Geddes, P (1-0)

Danbury (4-2, 2-1)
Brent Jacobellis, RF
Andrew Luis, LF
Eric Cerno, SS
Mike Halas, C
Berek Garnett, 2B
Rocco Swensen, 3B
Javon Hernandez, DH
Nick Gervasio, 1B
Mike Tucci, RF

Brandon Backman, P (1-0)
The Blue Wave has rolled over its competition so far this season, getting off to a 6-0 (3-0 in the FCIAC) start during the first two weeks of the season. Darien is tied with Norwalk (4-1, 3-0) for first place in the FCIAC East Division. Danbury (4-2, 2-1) is in a four-way tie for first place in the West Division.

This is the HAN Network’s fourth baseball game broadcast of 2016 spring season. You can watch past game on-demand for free at this link.

This week, HAN will also have live lacrosse and volleyball. Tuesday: Greenwich at Staples boys lacrosse; Wednesday: Darien at Ridgefield boys volleyball; and Thursday: New Canaan at Greenwich boys lacrosse. You can view the entire schedule here.

The other games on this week’s schedule are the Battle of the Sound lacrosse doubleheader live on Saturday, featuring Darien vs. Manhasset (N.Y) and Garden City (N.Y.) vs. Ridgefield. You can view the entire HAN schedule here.

How to watch

The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on this page, our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually starts 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change (teams often share venues and schedules can fall behind). Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.

It’s easy to watch HAN Network broadcasts on your smart televisions or with Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.

Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.

You can check out more of the winter schedule at this link. And be sure to follow the HAN Network on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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