St. Joseph-Trumbull game story
St. Joseph’s Stanley Wolpiuk tossed a four-hitter and Mark Hirschbeck ended the right-hander’s pitching duel with Trumbull High’s Ryan Bayuk with a an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Cadets won a 1-0 decision over the Eagles at Harbor Yard on Saturday night.
St. Joseph is 11-2 and Trumbull 10-4.
“I promised the guys I’d put up seven zeros for them,” Wolpiuk said. ”I was able to locate my fastball on the corners and use my curve as my strikeout pitch.
“I went with my two-seamer to get out of trouble later in the game.
“It was awesome to win for my team and for our soldiers around the world.”
Ishmael Herrera’s third hit of the game to open the home sixth was the fifth off Bayuk, who struck out eight batters.
Matt Batten hit into a force out, and Herrera was ruled to have slid out of the baseline on the play for the second out.
Ryan Moran worked out the second walk off Bayuk, stole second on a close play, and scored when Hirschbeck lined a 1-2 pitch into center field.
Wolpiuk set Trumbull down in order in the seventh.
“The game was slowly going by with zeroes and when I turned around (after his hit) I noticed that was the first run on the board,” Hirschbeck said.
“Sometimes when you have a good at-bat the ball looks like a beach ball.
“Playing for the Wounded Warriors was huge. We went around all week at school and told everyone to come out and pay their respects.”
St. Joseph coach Jim Chaves said, “Ryan threw a heck of a game out there with Stanley and it was a shame someone had to lose. We just got a big two-out hit to put us on the winning end.”
Trumbull coach Phil Pacelli said, “It was a classic pitcher’s duel and they got the two-out hit. It was a playoff atmosphere and a great ballgame.”
Brandon Liscinsky hit a first-pitch single with one out in the top of the first for Trumbull.
That proved to be the way to go, as waiting for the right pitch later in the count against the fast-working Bayuk and Wolpiuk led to strikeouts and harmless groundballs.
Herrera picked off Liscinsky to begin a trend of defensive effectiveness over offensive hopefulness.
Herrera singled with out in the home first, but Bayuk struck out the next two batters to complete the frame with three of his eight strikeouts.
Colin Keyes walked with one out in the Trumbull second and moved to third on a groundout and a wild pitch, only to be stranded by a Wolpiuk strikeout.
Hirschbeck lined a first-pitch single to left to open the Cadet second, but a fly ball to right and two strikeouts on only six pitches by Bayuk ended the inning.
Herrera singled with two out in the Cadet third, but Willy Velez got a good jump on Matt Batten’s hit to right-center for the third out.
Velez singled in the fourth and Hirschbeck walked for St. Joseph only to be stranded.
Jon Prutting stole a hit away from Ryan Fritz with a leaping catch on the run in center field to start the Trumbull fifth.
Luke Waldek made the play shine when he ripped a triple to deep right field one out later.
Jake Levison walked on a 3-2 pitch to put runners on the corners. Batten made a highlight-reel catch-and-throw of Liscinsky’s grounder over the second-base bag.
Mike Pulaski took on the challenge with a double down the right-field line to open the home fifth, but James DeNomme showed off his arm behind the plate with a rocket pickoff throw to the bag.
DeNomme’s inside-out swing earned him a single with one out in the sixth, but Batten started a hard to turn 6-4-3 double play with Hirschbeck hanging in against the slide and Moran making the scoop at first base.
Moran quietly had himself quite a game. Along with reaching and scoring the go-ahead run, the senior made a great catch on Casey Mack’s foul pop in the first and had great scoops of low throws on three plays.
Chaves said, “The Wounded Warriors Project is a great cause. We have a lot of vets in the area...and we just wanted to do something to show our appreciation.”
Pacelli said, “Being able to play in a game like this for the Wounded Warriors Project meant everything. Hats off to Coach Chaves and Jim Olayos (St. Joseph athletic director) and everyone who put this together. It was an honor for us to be part of it.”
Johnson had three hits and scored two runs to back Keyes’ two-hit pitching when Trumbull defeated Wilton High, 4-1, on May 2.
Waldek knocked in three runs and DeNomme had two hits.
Avery Santos pitched into the sixth inning to get the win when Trumbull defeated Norwalk High, 9-0, on May 1.
Mack had three hits, including a double and a triple and two RBIs.
Velez had two hits and two RBIs.
Trumbull defeated Bassick of Bridgeport 16-0, on May 6 to earn Pacelli’s his 100th career coaching victory.
Jeff Sam and Santos had three hits each to back Evan Nair’s five-hit, seven-strikeout pitching. Keyes and Johnson had two hits each.