Keckler, Nemchek pitch Post 141 to tourney win
Tim Keckler pitched six solid innings and Joe Nemchek came on in the seventh to earn the save when Trumbull Post 141 defeated Kingston (N.Y.) Post 150 by a score of 4-2 in the second round of pool play in the Firecracker Tournament at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. on Thursday morning.
Trumbull will play Aceshnet (Mass.) on Friday morning.
Trumbull took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
With one out, Luke Waldek singled through the middle and Mark Hirshbeck was hit by a pitch. After an infield fly, Zach Sagar slapped an RBI single to center scoring Waldek. Hirshbeck went third and scored on passed ball.
It was 3-0 after three innings. Stanley Wolpiuk singled to left on the first pitch from Bernard Smith and stole second and third.
Following a strikeout, Carl Johnson walked to put runners at the corners for Simon Whiteman, who executed a suicide squeeze towards first base scoring Wolpiuk.
Kingston made it 3-1 in the top of the third on two hits, an error and a sacrifice fly.
Trumbull pulled that run back in the fifth. Whiteman led off with a single and stole second. Waldek bunted Whiteman to third and he scored on Mat DeRienzo’s second hit of the game.
Kingston got on the board again in the sixth on a hit batter, a single and an error on a pickoff attempt.
Keckler, who struck out five and scattered six hits without giving up an earned run, faced two batters in the seventh, hitting a batter and giving up a single.
Nemchek came on and caught a bunt attempt on the fly and then induced fly-ball outs to center and right field.