Legionnaires fall in states
Trumbull Post 141 lost a 6-3 decision to East Haddam in the second round of the American Legion state tournament on Sunday.
Manager Brett Conner’s team, the third seed out of Zone IV, took a 2-0 lead over Zone III’s East Haddam in the bottom of the second inning.
Brendan Moore singled to right field with one out before Casey Mack walked to put runners on first and second.
Ryan Fritz singled to left to drive in Moore. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Carl Johnson forced Mack out at third.
With two outs and Fritz at second and Johnson at first, Simon Whiteman hit a bad-hop single over shortstop to plate Fritz before a fly out ended the inning.
East Haddam (13-11) had brought a five-game winning streak into states, and had threatened in the first against Trumbull starter Stanley Wolpiuk.
A leadoff double by Austin Wosleger and a hit batter put runners on first and second with no outs.
A fielder’s choice followed by a grounder to Luke Waldek at shortstop, who stepped on second and fired to Johnson at first ended the inning.
Wolpiuk, who pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven, sailed through second inning.
East Haddam, which defeated Ridgefield to advance to play Trumbull, scored three unearned runs in the third inning and another three in the fourth.
A combination of tough bounces and fielding errors fueled the visitor’s third inning uprising.
East Haddam made it 6-2 in the fourth with another three-run rally, with two of the runs earned.
Trumbull got one run back in the fifth.
Brandon Liscinsky drew a leadoff walk off Troy DeLeone.
After a flyout and a strikeout, Moore was hit by a pitch for the first of three consecutive plate appearances.
With Liscinsky at second and Moore at first, Mack hit an RBI single to left, before a fielder’s choice ended the inning.
DeLeone pitched into the ninth and Marvin Gorgas came on to close the game.
For Trumbull, Nikko Arganese came on in relief with two out in the eighth inning and allowed one hit and walked a batter intentionally.
Mack and Waldek had two hits each for Post 141.
Zone IV regular season
Trumbull (20-7) finished its Zone season in third place behind Stamford (22-5) and Greenwich (21-6) and ahead of other state qualifiers Norwalk (16-11) and Wilton (13-14).
Post 141 defeated Darien by a 6-1 score on July 15. Arganese pitched six innings of four-hit ball, striking out six to improve to 4-1. Johnson pitched a perfect seventh.
Whiteman had three hits, three stolen bases and scored three runs. Waldek had two hits. Liscinsky, Waldek, Moore and Fritz had RBIs.
Wolpiuk tossed a complete-game six-hitter with six strikeouts and six walks when Trumbull defeated Stamford 6-0 on July 16.
It was Wolpiuk vs Kevin Stone pitching duel No. 2, as both had pitched to a no-decision in Trumbull’s 3-2 loss in eight innings on June 28.
Trumbull scored all of its runs in the sixth inning. Johnson had three of Trumbull’s 10 hits, while Tyler Graziano had two hits.
Liscinsky drove in the first run and Moore the second, before Mack had a two-run single. He scored on Johnson’s triple and Zach Sagar drove him home.
On July 11, Trumbull defeated Easton 10-0 in a five-inning win by mercy rule.
Wolpiuk struck out five in three innings and Johnson one in two frames to combine on the no-hitter.
Some key defensive plays kept the no-hitter intact. With one out in fourth inning, Adam Koubek hit a ball up the middle that Waldek dove for, stopped, and fired to first from the ground as Mark Hirshbeck picked the one-hop throw off the dirt.
In the fifth, Tim Jorgensen hits a ball to the outfield and rightfielder Tim Keckler came up firing and threw to Hirshbeck for a 9-3 putout.
Also in the fifth, Hirshbeck fielded a hard grounder from Matt Falcone far to his right and beats the runner to the bag.
As Wolpiuk’s walk to the leadoff batter was erased by 1-6-3 (Wolpiuk-Waldek-Hirshbeck) double play, Trumbull pitched to the minimum 15 batters.
Walks and hit batters, along with a two-run single by Whiteman in his second time at bat in the first inning, staked Trumbull to the large 6-0 lead.
Hirschbeck’s sacrifice fly made it 7-0 in the second, after Liscinsky walked, stole second and advanced to third on Waldek’s deep flyout to center.
Moore’s two-run double plated Liscinsky, who had singled and stole a base, and Hirschbeck, who had walked, in the fourth.
Trumbull had defeated Easton, 18-0, in a six-inning game on July 15. Matt Baccaro went the distance with a two-hitter, striking out two, to improve to 5-1 on the season.