Trumbull Babe Ruth wins World Series opener

Sean Francouer threw a complete game five-hit shutout. He struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter.

Sean Francouer threw a complete game five-hit shutout. He struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter.

Trumbull Babe Ruth / Contributed photo

New England champion Trumbull defeated Middle Atlantic’s Mifflin County (PA) 4-0 in its opening game at the 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Eagle Pass (TX) on Wednesday.

“Sean Francoeur was phenomenal,” Trumbull manager Mike Buswell said of his left-hander who allowed five hits, struck out 11, and didn’t walk a batter. “He delivered 67 of his 80 pitches for strikes.”

Trumbull pushed its lead to 3-0 with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

“Sean perfectly placed a suicide squeeze bunt to score a run and A.J. Albaladejo worked out a bases loaded walk,” Buswell said. “Jack Durland hit a two-out, two-strike single in the seventh to increase the lead to 4-0.”

Nick Lobuono had a triple and scored a run. Matt Wood had a single, stole two bases and scored a run. Durland and Ryan Warner had hits and stole a base. Albaladejo scored a run.

Francoeur was named Ron Tellefsen Player of the Game in voting by officials as the difference maker in the game.

Trumbull will play state champion East Texas on Friday at 5 p.m.

New England, East Texas, Southeast, Middle Atlantic and Pacific Northwest make up the National Division. There are four divisional games with the top three teams advancing to single elimination play against the American Division on Monday.

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