Legion: Cheshire eliminates Trumbull in best-of-three
After losing its first game via forfeit due to the use of an ineligible player, the Cheshire American Legion baseball team beat Trumbull, 10-4 and 12-2, on Thursday afternoon to win their best-of-three section final.
With the doubleheader sweep at Burt Leventhal Field, Cheshire (21-8) advances to the Super Regional at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford, starting on Saturday.
Post 141 led 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning in the first game of the doubleheader, but Cheshire struck for 10 unanswered runs over the final three frames. Wes Robertson's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Post 141 reliever Joe Nemchek gave Cheshire the lead for good.
Jon Koski, who tied the game with a two-run single with two outs in the seventh, then belted a grand slam later in the eighth inning to provide the final scoreline. Koski, who pinch hit in the sixth inning and drew a bases-loaded walk to get Cheshire on the scoreboard, went 2-for-2 with seven RBIs.
Pat Downey added three hits and three runs scored for Post 92, while Robertson chipped in with two hits. Christian Colp worked four innings of two-hit shutout relief to notch the victory on the mound.
Mat DiRienzo and Matt Fasoli had two hits apiece for Trumbull and Simon Whiteman went 3-for-5 with a run batted in.
In the second game, Koski did his damage with his arm as well as his bat, firing a six-hitter in a mercy-rule shortened, six-inning victory.
Fasoli and Tim Keckler singled in the fifth inning and came around to score on wild pitches by Koski to account for Post 141's runs.
Leading 5-2, Cheshire erupted for seven in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Purcell's three-run home run and two-run single by Robertson paved the way. Koski continued his torrid hitting with two hits and one RBI.
Trumbull finished its season 24-8 overall.
For the full game story and photos, check out next week's Times.