Simon Whiteman leads from top of batting order
Simon Whiteman bats at the top of the Trumbull Post 141 American Legion lineup and he knows his role and performs it well.
Whiteman, a rising junior at Fairfield Prep, singled and scored runs in a pair of early rallies and perfectly placed a squeeze bunt in the sixth inning in an 8-5 victory over Bridgeport on Saturday.
“It is a great honor to play with these guys,” said Whiteman, who had two hits, drove in two runs and scored three times.
“I know with Brandon (Liscinsky), Mark (Hirschbeck) and Luke (Waldek) batting behind me they’ll move me around.”
Nikko Arganese pitched six innings, scattered six hits, and Waldek struck out the side around a hit in the seventh.
Liscinsky and Waldek had two hits and two RBIs each and Hirshbeck had two hits.
“The players have learned they have to keep battling and play the best we can play,” manager Brett Connor said.
“It is tough playing every day, but these kids have what it takes.”
Trumbull won the second game of the twin bill with Bridgeport, 15-7, with Evan Nair pitching three earned-run ball into the seventh. He struck out five.
Fritz had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times.
Whiteman, Hirshbeck, Waldek, Johnson and Graziano had two hits each. Graziano scored three runs and Wolpiuk had an RBI single off the bench.
Trumbull defeated Westport, 11-1 in a five-inning mercy-rule decision on Tuesday.
Matt Baccaro improved to 4-1, as he allowed six hits and struck out four.
Trumbull is 15-6 and Westport 9-9. Trumbull will host Easton Thursday and Westport Friday at 5:30.
Stanley Wolpiuk went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, Whiteman had two hits and two RBIs, Waldek two hits, and Ryan Fritz walked twice and his RBI single in the fifth ended the game.
Whiteman led off the home first with an infield hit, stole second, went to third on Tyler Graziano’s sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.
Westport tied things in the second with an unearned run before Trumbull scored twice in the home half of the frame.
With two outs, Carl Johnson singled to center. Wolpiuk followed with a single to right and Whiteman drove in both runners with a double that one hopped the fence in the left field corner.
Fritz drew a leadoff walk in the third and went to second on Casey Mack’s single. Brendan Moore sacrificed the runners up a base for Johnson, who made it 4-1 with a sac fly. Wolpiuk singled home Mack.
In the fourth, Grazano reached on a one-out infield single and reached second on a throwing error.
Liscinsky singled him home before Waldek doubled. Liscinsky scored on a passed ball and Waldek moved to third. Fritz walked and stole second.
Moore brought the score to 9-1 with a two-run single. Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice and Wolpiuk singled home Moore.
Liscinsky reached on an error to start the fifth. Waldek singled before Fritz’ base hit past first base scored Liscinsky to put Trumbull 10 runs ahead.
Trumbull defeated Fairfield, 8-0, at Kiwanis Field on Monday.
Johnson pitched the five-hit shut out, striking out two.
Moore had three hits and two RBIs, while Graziano had two hits and drove home two runs.
Whiteman, Waldek and Fritz had two hits each.
Trumbull scored two runs in the first inning. Whiteman reached on an error, stole second and Graziano reached base on another error.
Whiteman beat the return throw home on a double steal to give Post 141 the lead.
Waldek, Mack and Fritz drew walks to force home the second run.
Trumbull made it 3-0 in the second.
Moore led off with a single and stole second before Whiteman placed a bunt that the pitcher and catcher had no play on for a single.
After a stolen base put runners on second and third, Graziano’s sacrifice fly plated Moore.
In the fourth, Zach Sagar drew a leadoff walk and Moore’s triple brought him home.
Whiteman singled Moore home and then stole his fourth base in the game.
Graziano’s high hopper into center field scored Whiteman for a 6-0 lead.
In the sixth, Graziano doubled with one out, Liscinsky was hit by a pitch and Waldek singled home Graziano.
Fritz singled to lead off the seventh inning. Sagar was hit by a pitch before Moore notched another RBI.
On July 4 in Westport, Baccaro went the distance in a 7-1 victory. He allowed four hits and struck out five.
Johnson had two hits, including a home run. He and Liam Moore hit back-to-back solo shots to left field in the second inning.
Whiteman had three hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Liscinsky had two hits, including a two-run double in the fourth. Waldek had two hits and two RBIs.
Trumbull lost a 1-0 decision at Norwalk on July 5, despite Tim Keckler throwing a no-hitter and striking out eight batters.
Norwalk scored its run on a walk, a hit batter and an error in the fifth inning.
Waldek had two of Trumbull’s seven hits.
Greenwich defeated Trumbull, 4-0, on Sunday.
Dylan Callahan allowed only hits to Whiteman, Liscinsky, and Graziano) and struck out seven. He also starred at the plate with two hits and three runs scored.