Post 141 sweeps, hosting Ridgefield today
Mat DeRienzo went 4-for-4 to lead a 17-hit attack when manager Brett Conners’ Trumbull American Legion Post 141 baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Bridgeport with a 12-2 victory on Monday at Seaside Park.
Trumbull is 8-2. Bridgeport dropped to 0-11. Post 141 will play Zone IV rival Ridgefield today at 5:30 at Trumbull High.
Post 141 scored three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, before posting five in the seventh, to defeat its pesky rivals.
Bridgeport took its third straight lead in the series on a single, a walk and an error. Trumbull tied the game in the third.
Carl Johnson walked, and with one out Simon Whiteman beat out a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Whiteman stole second.
Johnson was out at the plate on Luke Waldek’s infield grounder, before Post 141 tied the game when Whiteman stole home and Waldek stayed in a rundown long enough for him to cross the plate.
Bridgeport made it 2-1 in the fourth, but Trumbull went in front for good in the top of the fifth.
Stanley Wolpiuk led off with an infield single and stole second base. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Johnson’s RBI single.
Brian Hnatuk bunted his way aboard and Whiteman walked to load the bases.
Bridgeport turned a pitcher-to-home-to-first double play, but couldn’t get out of the inning unscathed.
Mark Hirschbeck came through with a two-run single to put Post 141 ahead 4-2.
DeRienzo opened the sixth with his third straight single. With two out, Wolpiuk had an infield single that forced an errant throw and DeRienzo scored.
Wolpiuk timed the pitcher perfectly and had a straight steal of home to boost the lead to 6-2.
Singles by Johnson, Hnatuk and Whiteman led to the third run of the inning.
In the seventh, Jeff Hage, pinch-hitting for Hirshbeck, singled to right. Hage stole second and went to third on DeRienzo’s single.
Zach Sagar drove home Hage. Tim Keckler walked and Johnson’s fielder’s choice made it 9-2.
Hnatuk’s third hit of the game drove in a run and Whiteman’s third hit loaded the bases for Waldek, who delivered a two-run single to complete the scoring.
Matt Fasoli struck out five batters in the first two innings and Joe Nemchek pitched one-run ball the final five innings to get the win.