Post 141 drops pair in Legion baseball
The best struck baseballs went for outs; and the bleeders and the bloopers led to the decisive runs when Trumbull Post 141 saw its win streak snapped at six games after losing 2-0 to the visiting Greenwich Cannons at Trumbull High on Saturday.
Manager Brett Conners’ team lost to Greenwich, 9-2, in the second game of the twin bill to fall to 7-3. Greenwich is now 6-4.
Trumbull’s Mike D’Agostino and Greenwich’s J.T. Hintzen matches zeroes for six innings in the opener, before the Cannons broke through with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning.
D’Agostino took a no-hitter into the sixth before leaving after throwing one-hit, six-strikeout ball when he issued his fourth walk to open the Greenwich seventh.
Brian Hnatuk came on in relief and a misplayed sacrifice bunt and foul pop gave the Cannons the extra at bat they needed for Hunter Frantz to single home Jason Capozza with the go-ahead run.
After a strikeout, a pair of fielder’s choice grounders took the score to 2-0.
Hintzen, who allowed an infield single to Simon Whiteman in the first inning, struck out the side in the seventh. He walked three and struck out eight overall.
Trumbull’s other hit came when Jason Waldek beat out a chopper to third with one out in the sixth. He went to second on Frantz’ errant throw across the diamond.
Frantz then robbed Zach Sagar with what would have been an RBI single, as he snared the hard shot to his left on one hop and made the strong throw to Kevin Woodring at first for the second out.
Hitntzen retired Chris O’Brien on a grounder to Alex Loparco at second.
After Whiteman singled in the first inning, he stole second base. He was caught stealing third on a fine throw by the Cannons’ catcher Wil Saloman.
The rest of Post 141’s offense in the game consisted of Sagar’s two-out walk in the first, Frank Puglia’s two-out walk in the third and Kris DiCocco’s leadoff walk in the fifth.
Hintzen notched a strikeout in the fifth before DiCocco stole second. He was left stranded on a grounder to third and a fly ball to center.
D’Agostino walked Saloman with two outs in the first and hit Capozza with a pitch with one out in the first. Neither runner advanced.
He retired eighth straight batters, with Waldek in center making a fine diving catch on Woodring’s sinking liner for the second out in the fourth.
Colin Kelly walked here, but D’Agostino struck out Capozza.
Frantz reached when his roller to second couldn’t be handled cleanly. Sagar gunned him out trying to steal second.
In the second game, Saloman had three hits, including a double and two RBIs for Greenwich. DiCocco had two hits and drove in both Trumbull runs.