Trumbull Babe Ruth 15s earn spot in World Series semifinal

EAGLE PASS (TX) — Trumbull rallied to defeat Southeast champion Tallahassee (FLA) 2-1 in a matchup of unbeaten teams at the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Eagle Pass (TX) on Saturday.

With the win, the New England champions improved to 3-0. It is seeded first in its four-team division and has a bye to Tuesday’s semifinal.

Trumbull concludes pool play when it meets Kelso (WA) from the Pacific Northwest on Sunday at 3:30. Each team plays four divisional games. The top three teams from the National and American advance to single elimination play that begins Monday.

Trumbull overcame a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the second inning.

“D.J. Amaral laced a two-out, two-strike single to tie the game,” Trumbull manager Mike Buswell said. “A.J. Albaladejo then singled in the go-ahead run.”

Sean Francoeur came on in relief with no outs and two runners on base in the top of the seventh. He struck out the No. 2 and No. 3 batters to get the save.

Buswell said: “Since the start of Regional play until now, Sean has pitched 19.1 scoreless innings. He has struck out 27 and hasn’t walked a batter.”

Jeffrey Kraus got the start against a 2-0 Tallahassee team. He allowed one run in five innings before reaching his maximum pitch count. Dylan Lamy pitched a perfect sixth then Tallahassee threatened in its last at bat.

Kraus, Lamy and Francouer combined to strike out eight, allow five hits and one run.

Jack Durland, Nick Lobuono and Kraus added base hits.

Kraus was named the Ron Tellefsen Player of the Game by officials. Twitter: @blox354