Babe Ruth: Trumbull 15s headed to state tournament
Evan Warner singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning in Trumbull’s 4-2 victory over Norwalk Revolution in the District 2 Babe Ruth 15 championship game on Wednesday night.
Jake Teixeira ripped a one-hop double to the fence in center with one out. Warner then lined a hard single to right field for the lead. Chaz Stolba reached on a strikeout-wild pitch later in the frame. He stole second and scored on Andrew Kotch’s RBI single.
Head coach Jeff John’s club will play for the state title beginning July 8 in East Lyme.
Trumbull swept the district, winning the championship at the 13U, 14U and 15U age groups.
Trumbull had earned a berth in the title game with wins over Norwalk and Fairfield, before Norwalk forced the if game with a victory on Tuesday.
In the winner-take-all matchup, Trumbull grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Beau Demelo reached on an infield single. He went to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Tim Seymour plated him with a sacrifice fly.
Trumbull put its first two batters on base in the second only to see the rally short-circuited by a 6-4-3 double play.
Warner got the start for Trumbull. Norwalk went down in order on five pitches in its first at bat, but showed more patience the next three frames to consistently put pressure on the Trumbull defense.
A single, two wild pitches, and another base hit tied the game in the bottom of the second.
Koch then started a 5-4-3 double play, with Stephen Ioli making a strong throw on the turn.
Seymour singled to open the third, stole second, went to third on an infield out and scored when Warner’s pop-out to shallow center field resulted in an error at the plate.
A Norwalk walk in the third proved harmless, thanks to two fine plays by Kotch at third.
Koch singled, but was stranded in the fourth.
In the Norwalk fourth, Trumbull’s only error and a long RBI double tied the game at 2-2.
Seymour had his third consecutive productive at bat in the fifth when he singled with one out. Teixeira drew Trumbull’s first walk, but Norwalk’s 4-4-3 double play left the lead run at third.
Norwalk put two men on base in the fifth, but Ioli got a force out at second and Demelo charged a roller to shortstop and got the third out by half a step.
Stolba in the sixth and Alex Chopskie in the seventh were both robbed of lead-off extra-base hits when Dylan Longo made a pair of head-shaking catches in left field.
Warner pitched ahead in the count in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
After putting the first two outs in the book in the seventh, he hit a batter with a 2-2 pitch. A stolen base put the winning run in scoring position, but Warner earned his sixth strikeout to end the inning.
Norwalk had one last at bat, and Koch came on in relief.
Chopskie in right made a tumbling catch of a foul ball to open the frame. Demelo then snared a hard grounder by the second base bag and threw the runner out from the ground. He then caught a soft liner to end the game with a runner on first.